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Richard II and the Rebel Earl


Part of Cambridge Studies in Medieval Life and Thought: Fourth Series

  • Date Published: September 2013
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521837545

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  • The reign of Richard II and the circumstances of his deposition have long been subject to intense debate. This new interpretation of the politics of the late-fourteenth century offers an in-depth survey of Richard's reign from the perspective of one of the leading nobles who came to oppose him, Thomas Beauchamp, the Appellant Earl of Warwick. This is the first full-length study of one of Richard II's opponents to explore not only why the Earl rebelled against the King, but also why Richard lost his throne. Rather than offering the traditional explanation of a subject grown too mighty, A. K. Gundy sets Warwick's rule in the context of the political and constitutional framework of the period. The interplay of local and national events helps to reveal Warwick's motives as a long-serving member of the nobility faced with a king determined to rule in a manner contradictory to contemporary political structures.

    • Provides a new analysis of the reasons for opposition to Richard II and his eventual deposition
    • Sheds new light on the broader political and constitutional history of the late fourteenth century
    • Integrates local and national politics
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    Product details

    • Date Published: September 2013
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521837545
    • length: 307 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 157 x 21 mm
    • weight: 0.59kg
    • contains: 5 b/w illus.
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    1. The geopolitical framework
    2. 1369–82
    3. 1383–9
    4. 1389–97
    5. 1397–1401
    6. Conclusion
    Appendix I. The Beauchamp Affinity c.1369–c.1401
    Appendix II. (A) Active Warwickshire Justices of the Peace, 1369–1401
    Appendix II. (B) Working Worcestershire Justices of the Peace, 1369–1401.

  • Author

    A. K. Gundy, University of Cambridge
    A. K. Gundy studied at the University of St Andrews and Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge before becoming a history teacher at Hills Road Sixth Form College, Cambridge. This is her first book. She is also the author of 'The Earl of Warwick and the Royal Affinity in the Politics of the West Midlands' in Revolution and Consumption in Late Medieval England (edited by M. Hicks, 2001).

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