Henry VI and the Politics of Kingship

Henry VI and the Politics of Kingship

by John Watts, Watts John
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521420393

ISBN-13: 9780521420396

Pub. Date: 02/28/2008

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Henry VI (1422-1461) 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 39 years and, for almost 30 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…  See more details below

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Henry VI (1422-1461) 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 39 years and, for almost 30 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:
9780521420396
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
02/28/2008
Pages:
420
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 1.06(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
List of abbreviations
1Introduction: ideas and politics in fifteenth-century history1
2The conceptual framework13
The norms of kingship in the later middle ages16
The ideological impact of the civil wars39
The political ideas of the nobility51
3Government81
National government82
Local government91
4Features of Henry VI's polity102
The problem of the king's personality103
The minority and its legacy111
5The years of transition, 1435-1445123
The changing forms of government124
The formation of a royal regime151
Authority and politics, 1439-1445180
Conclusion195
6The rule of the court, 1445-1450205
The workings of the 'personal rule'206
Suffolk and the household216
Suffolk's policy and the nobility, 1445-1448221
The decline and fall of Suffolk's regime, 1448-1450240
Conclusion251
7The search for authority, 1450-1461260
York and the common voice, 1450-1452266
Somerset and the restoration of government, 1450-1453282
The demise of the king, 1453-1456298
The rule of the lords in the 1450s323
The anarchy, 1456-1459331
The common weal and the crown, 1459-1461350
8Conclusion363
Bibliography367
Index386

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