The King, the Crown, and the Duchy of Lancaster: Public Authority and Private Power, 1399-1461

Hardcover | August 1, 2000

byHelen Castor

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In 1399 Henry Bolingbroke, duke of Lancaster, seized the throne of England to become Henry IV. From 1399, therefore, the Lancastrian kings - unlike their royal predecessors - commanded not only the public authority of the crown, but also the private power of the Duchy of Lancaster. Untilnow, this has been seen simply as an advantage to the Lancastrian crown, and as an uncontroversial part of the evolution of a 'royal affinity' during the later middle ages. However, this study makes clear that profound tensions existed between the role of the king and that of his alter ego, theduke of Lancaster. This book examines the complex relationship between the king, the crown and the Duchy of Lancaster at both a national and a local level, focusing particularly on the north midlands and East Anglia and, in so doing, sheds light on the nature and functioning of the late medievalEnglish monarchy.

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In 1399 Henry Bolingbroke, duke of Lancaster, seized the throne of England to become Henry IV. From 1399, therefore, the Lancastrian kings - unlike their royal predecessors - commanded not only the public authority of the crown, but also the private power of the Duchy of Lancaster. Untilnow, this has been seen simply as an advantage...

Helen Castor is a Fellow and Lecturer in History at Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge.

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Format:HardcoverPublished:August 1, 2000Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Part I1. Introduction2. The Duchy of Lancaster and the Lancastrian KingsPart II: The crown, the Duchy of Lancaster, and the rule of the localities: East Anglia, 1399-14613. 4. 5. 1450-1461: The struggle for controlPart III: The crown, the Duchy of Lancasterand the rule of the localities: Derbyshire and Staffordshire, 1399-14616. 7. 8. 1437-1461: The duke of Buckingham and the rule of the north midlandsConclusionBibliographyIndex