English Political Culture in the Fifteenth Century

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English Political Culture in the Fifteenth Century is a new and original study of how politics worked in late medieval England, throwing new light on a much-discussed period in English history. Michael Hicks explores the standards, values and principles that motivated contemporary politicians, and the aspirations and interests of both dukes and peasants alike.

Hicks argues that the Wars of the Roses did not result from fundamental weaknesses in the political system but from the ...

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Overview

English Political Culture in the Fifteenth Century is a new and original study of how politics worked in late medieval England, throwing new light on a much-discussed period in English history. Michael Hicks explores the standards, values and principles that motivated contemporary politicians, and the aspirations and interests of both dukes and peasants alike.

Hicks argues that the Wars of the Roses did not result from fundamental weaknesses in the political system but from the collision of exceptional circumstances that quickly passed away. Overall, he shows that the era was one of stability and harmony, and that there were effective mechanisms for keeping the peace. Structure and continuities, Hicks argues, were more prominent than change.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780415217644
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 10/18/2002
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.59 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
List of abbreviations
1 Parameters 1
2 Political culture: past political cultures 3
3 Monarchy 28
4 Aristocracy 51
5 Class perspectives 74
6 Government: central government 92
7 Alternative perceptions 116
8 Bastard feudalism 141
9 Provincial communities: models of provincial society 164
10 Interaction: centre and provinces 181
11 Civil war: categories and causes 204
12 Conclusion 219
Notes 221
Select bibliography 242
Index 251
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