Death of Kings: Royal Deaths in Medieval England

Death of Kings: Royal Deaths in Medieval England

by Michael Evans
     
 

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Any king's death was a critical and highly dramatic moment, often with major political consequences. Death in battle, whether that of Harold at Hastings or of Richard III at Bosworth, could end a dynasty, while the secret murders of Edward II, Richard II and Edward V blighted the fortunes of their murderers.

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Any king's death was a critical and highly dramatic moment, often with major political consequences. Death in battle, whether that of Harold at Hastings or of Richard III at Bosworth, could end a dynasty, while the secret murders of Edward II, Richard II and Edward V blighted the fortunes of their murderers.

The Death of Kings is an account of what is known about the deaths of medieval kings, whether natural, violent or accidental (as William Rufus's death out hunting in the New Forest). It shows how contemporaries and later writers, including Shakespeare, drew morals from such deaths and about the characters of individual kings, giving these deaths an imaginative and symbolic resonance that has lasted until the present day. Personal details about the characters and attitudes of English kings and queens makes The Death of Kings a unique window into the heart of medieval society.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781852855857
Publisher:
Bloomsbury Academic
Publication date:
01/01/2007
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.20(d)

Meet the Author

Michael Evans has lectured in medieval history at several universities in Britain and the United States. He is currently assistant professor at Central Michigan University, US. He published The Death of Kings: Royal Deaths in Medieval England in 2003(Continuum).

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