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Chronicles of the Revolution, 1397-1400 The Reign of Richard II by Chris Given-Wilson

Chronicles of the Revolution, 1397-1400 The Reign of Richard II

Part of the Manchester Medieval Sources Series


Chronicles of the Revolution, 1397-1400 The Reign of Richard II by Chris Given-Wilson

This collection of sources covers one of the most controversial and shocking episodes in medieval English history, the 'tyranny' and deposition of Richard II and the usurpation of the throne by his cousin, Henry Bolingbroke, who became King Henry IV. Contemporaries were sharply divided about the rights and wrongs of both Richard and Henry, and this division is reflected in the texts which form the major part of these sources. All the principal contemporary chronicles are represented in this collection, from the violently partisan Thomas Walsingham, chronicler of St Alban's Abbey who saw Richard as a tyrant and murderer, to the indignant Dieulacres chronicler, who claimed that the 'innocent king' was tricked into surrender by his perjured barons. -- .

About the Author

Chris Given-Wilson

Chris Given-Wilson is emeritus professor of medieval history, University of St. Andrews, and author of nine books on medieval history. He lives in Fife, UK.

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Publication date

28th February 1993


Chris Given-Wilson

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Manchester University Press


266 pages


Early history: c 500 to c 1450/1500



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