Richard II and the Revolution of 1399

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"This is the first full-length study of the last years of Richard II's reign and the circumstances of his overthrow by Henry of Bolingbroke in 1399. It reviews Richard's early experiences, from his accession, aged only ten, through the troubled politics of the 1380s, placing new emphasis on his own insecurities and the vexed issue of the succession. It offers a detailed examination of Richard's attempts to reassert his royal authority in the 1390s, including his so-called 'tyranny' from 1397 until 1399, and sets them in the context of his personal anxieties and broader ambitions. It shows Richard - all too conscious of his mortality and lack of issue, and all too aware of the vicissitudes of European politics - lashing out at all who had opposed him ten years earlier and crashing through the constraints imposed on his regality in order to prepare himself for some higher destiny in Christendom."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

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Contents

Chapter Two PRINCE OF DESTINY
14
Chapter Three REGAL DILIGENCE
31
Chapter Four PRINCE OF PEACE
56
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About the author (1999)

Michael Bennett is Professor of History at the University of Tasmania, Australia.

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