Richard II: The Art of Kingship

Hardcover | April 30, 1999

EditorAnthony Goodman, James L. Gillespie

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The re-assessment of the character and practice of medieval kingship is a lively academic subject. In the context of the later Middle Ages, interest has been focused on aspects of the subject such as discourse on the nature and purpose of rule, the conventions of co-operation between kingsand communities, monarchy as spectacle, cultural expression of royal personality, and the fiscal basis of government. These are among the subject areas emphasised by the contributors to this re-assessment of Richard II. The contributors produce a rounded picture of his personality and rule byexamining his contemporary reputation and key aspects of his policies. This study highlights the seriousness of the convergent problems affecting the exercise and of English kingship, and illuminates why the traditional and innovative panaceas attempted by a conventionally-minded prince resulted inhis downfall. It is a study which positions the reign within the evolution of English kinship.

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The re-assessment of the character and practice of medieval kingship is a lively academic subject. In the context of the later Middle Ages, interest has been focused on aspects of the subject such as discourse on the nature and purpose of rule, the conventions of co-operation between kingsand communities, monarchy as spectacle, cultur...

Anthony Goodman is a Professor of Medieval and Renaissance History at University of Edinburgh. James L. Gillespie is a Senior Research Fellow at the American Center of Oriental Research, Amman, Jordan.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:312 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.83 inPublished:April 30, 1999Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0198201893

ISBN - 13:9780198201892

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction2. Richard II in the Chronicles3. The Kingship of Richard II4. Richard II's Councils5. Richard II and the Church6. Richard II and the Higher Nobility7. Richard II and London8. Finance and Trade under Richard II9. Richard II and the Wider Realm10. Richard II and the House of Luxembourg11. Richard II and the Literary Arts12. Richard II and the Visual ArtsBibliographyContributors

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`a worthwhile collection.'Rosemary Horrox, Ecclesiastical History, Vol. 51.2, April 2000.