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  • Published: 28 January 2016
  • ISBN: 9780141979908
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook

Richard II (Penguin Monarchs)

A Brittle Glory




Richard II (1377-99) came to the throne as a child, following the long, domineering, martial reign of his grandfather Edward III. He suffered from the disastrous combination of a most exalted sense of his own power and an inability to impress that power on those closest to the throne. Neither trusted nor feared, Richard battled with a whole series of failures and emergencies before finally succumbing to a coup, imprisonment and murder.
Laura Ashe's brilliant account of his reign emphasizes the strange gap between Richard's personal incapacity and the amazing cultural legacy of his reign - from the Wilton Diptych to Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, Piers Plowman and The Canterbury Tales.

  • Pub date: 28 January 2016
  • ISBN: 9780141979908
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook

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