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Henry VI and the Politics of Kingship
     

Henry VI and the Politics of Kingship

by John Watts
 

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ISBN-10: 0521653932

ISBN-13: 9780521653930

Pub. Date: 01/28/2012

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Henry VI (1422-61) was one of the most spectacularly inadequate kings of England, and his reign dissolved into the conflict known as the Wars of the Roses. Yet he held on to his throne for thirty-nine years and, for almost thirty of them, without much difficulty. What was the nature of Henry's inadequacy, and why did it have such ambivalent and complicated results?

Overview

Henry VI (1422-61) was one of the most spectacularly inadequate kings of England, and his reign dissolved into the conflict known as the Wars of the Roses. Yet he held on to his throne for thirty-nine years and, for almost thirty of them, without much difficulty. What was the nature of Henry's inadequacy, and why did it have such ambivalent and complicated results? This book looks intensively at the political system itself, rather than at individuals, their personalities and patronage networks, and thus offers the first truly structured narrative of the reign.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521653930
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
01/28/2012
Series:
History of the Native Peoples of the AME
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
366
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.94(d)

Table of Contents

Preface; List of Abbreviations; 1. Introduction: ideas and politics in fifteenth-century history; 2. The conceptual framework; 3. Government; 4. Features of Henry VI's polity; 5. The years of transition, 1435-45; 6. The rule of the court, 1445-50; 7. The search for authority, 1450-61; 8. Conclusion; Bibliography; Index.

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