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The Reign of Richard II From Minority to Tyranny 1377-97 by A. K. McHardy

The Reign of Richard II From Minority to Tyranny 1377-97

Part of the Manchester Medieval Sources Series


The Reign of Richard II From Minority to Tyranny 1377-97 by A. K. McHardy

The long-awaited prequel to Chronicles of the Revolution covers the first twenty years (1377-97) of Richard II's reign. This richly-documented period offers exceptional opportunities and challenges to students, and the editor has selected material from a wide range of sources: well-known English chronicles, foreign chronicles, and legal, administrative and financial records. These are arranged chronologically to form a coherent narrative of the reign. Clear and lively commentary and notes enable readers to make the fullest use of each document. The introduction describes the complex domestic and international situation which confronted the young king, and offers guidance on the strengths and weaknesses of the reign's leading chronicles. The dramatic and diverse politics of the reign of Richard II make this the ideal special subject, and an accessible, affordable, student-friendly documentary history of Richard II's reign has long been needed. This book is designed to fill that gap. -- .


This is an excellent supplementary text for any course on medieval Britain.
Large sections of the Anonimalle Chronicle and the Evesham chronicle are translated here for the first time. This volume is strong on local monastic chronicles, and sources taken from ecclesiastical sources, such as bishop

's registers, or concerning the hierarchy, such as an excellent libel against Alexander Neville, archbishop of York. The translations are workmanlike and readable. Christopher Fletcher University of Paris I (Pantheon-Sorbonne) -- .'

About the Author

A.K. McHardy was reader in Medieval English History at the University of Nottingham -- .

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Publication date

17th July 2012


A. K. McHardy

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Manchester University Press


368 pages


Early history: c 500 to c 1450/1500



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