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Henry VI

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"Bertram Wolffe challenges the traditional view of Henry VI as an unworldly, innocent and saintly monarch and offers instead a finely-drawn but critical portrait of an ineffectual ruler. Drawing on widespread contemporary evidence, Wolffe describes the failures of Henry's long reign from 1422 to 1471, which included the collapse of justice, the loss of the French territories and the final disintegration of his government. He argues that the posthumous cult of Henry was promoted by Henry VII as a way of excusing his uncle's political failures ...
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Overview

"Bertram Wolffe challenges the traditional view of Henry VI as an unworldly, innocent and saintly monarch and offers instead a finely-drawn but critical portrait of an ineffectual ruler. Drawing on widespread contemporary evidence, Wolffe describes the failures of Henry's long reign from 1422 to 1471, which included the collapse of justice, the loss of the French territories and the final disintegration of his government. He argues that the posthumous cult of Henry was promoted by Henry VII as a way of excusing his uncle's political failures while enhancing the image of the dynasty."--BOOK JACKET.
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Editorial Reviews

Observer
A powerful, compulsively readable portrait.
R.L. Storey
Much learning, skillfully deployed as here, evokes pleasure as well as admiration.
Sunday Times (London)
A brilliant biography that brings us as near as we are ever likely to come to this elusive personality.
Observer
A powerful, compulsively readable portrait.
R. L. Storey
Much learning, skillfully deployed as here, evokes pleasure as well as admiration.
Times Literary Supplement
Sunday Times (London)
A brilliant biography that brings us as near as we are ever likely to come to this elusive personality.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780300089264
  • Publisher: Yale University Press
  • Publication date: 6/28/2001
  • Series: The English Monarchs Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 432
  • Product dimensions: 6.24 (w) x 9.22 (h) x 1.01 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Acknowledgements
Abbreviations
Foreword to the Yale Edition
Pt. I The Myth of the Royal Saint
1 The Myth of the Royal Saint 3
Pt. II The Minority
2 An Infant King 25
3 Coronations 48
4 Royal Adolescence 65
Pt. III Majority Rule
5 The Attainment of Power 87
6 The Royal Entourage 93
7 Patronage, Faction and Injustice in England, 1437-1450 106
8 The Founder of Eton and King's 135
9 War and Peace: the Problems of Normandy and Gascony, 1437-1443 146
10 Marriage and Truce, 1443-1445 169
11 Surrender and Defeat, 1445-1450 184
Pt. IV The Aftermath of Defeat
12 Parliamentary Opposition and Popular Risings, 1449-1450 21ä
13 The Frustration of Richard duke of York, 1450-1453 23ä
14 Madness, 1453-1455 26ä
Pt. V Civil War
15 The First Battle of St. Albans and its Consequences 28ä
16 The Loss of the Throne 31ä
17 The Last Ten Years 33ä
Apotheosis 351
Appendix Itinerary of Henry VI, 1436-1461 361
Select Bibliography 375
Index 385
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