The hollow crown: a history of Britain in the late Middle Ages

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Penguin, Jan 27, 2005 - History - 379 pages
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There is no more haunting, compelling period in Britain's history than the later middle ages. The extraordinary kings - Edward III and Henry V, the great warriors, Richard II and Henry VI, tragic inadequates killed by their failure to use their power, and Richard III, the demon king. The extraordinary events - the Black Death that destroyed a third of the population, the Peasants' Revolt, the Wars of the Roses, the Battle of Agincourt. The extraordinary artistic achievements - the great churches, castles and tombs that still dominate the landscape, the birth of the English language in The Canterbury Tales. For the first time in a generation, a historian has had the vision and confidence to write a spell-binding account of the era immortalised by Shakespeare's history plays. The Hollow Crown brilliantly brings to life for the reader a world we have long lost - a strange, Catholic, rural country of monks, peasants, knights and merchants, almost perpetually at war - but continues to define so much of England's national myth.

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Review: The Hollow Crown (Penguin History of Britain #4)

User Review  - Teri Heyer - Goodreads

If you love reading history, then 'The Hollow Crown' is just the book for you. This isn't a fast read, but it's so interesting. It's also a must-have for anyone researching and/or writing historical fiction set during the 100 Years War and the War of the Roses. Read full review

Review: The Hollow Crown (Penguin History of Britain #4)

User Review  - Trevor Lockwood - Goodreads

English history is poorly taught in English schools. This is an admirable attempt to describe life in late medieval Britain. It highlights the frustrations caused by French and Scots attacks upon England. Read full review

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Miri Rubin is Professor of History at Queen Mary, University of London

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