Warwick the Kingmaker

Warwick the Kingmaker

by Michael Hicks
     
 

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Richard Neville, Earl of Warwick, remains one of the most controversial personalities of fifteenth-century England. The archetypal over-mighty subject, he was the dominant figure in the dynastic revolutions at the heart of the fifteenth-century Wars of the Roses. Warwick played a pivotal role first in advancing the Yorkist cause, leading Edward IV to replace the

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Richard Neville, Earl of Warwick, remains one of the most controversial personalities of fifteenth-century England. The archetypal over-mighty subject, he was the dominant figure in the dynastic revolutions at the heart of the fifteenth-century Wars of the Roses. Warwick played a pivotal role first in advancing the Yorkist cause, leading Edward IV to replace the Lancastrian Henry VI in 1461. Then, having lost influence at court, he changed sides and was reversed the process in 1470. Warwick "the Kingmaker" dominated national politics in his various roles as general, admiral, pirate, subaltern, administrator, politician, propagandist, statesman, and diplomat.

This book illuminates Warwick's character and motivation, showing that he was an emotional, charming, and popular man with a strong sense of family loyalty. It is the first full study of this compelling figure within the context of political life in late medieval England.

Editorial Reviews

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"Thoroughly recommended to anyone wanting to make sense of the bloodbath in late medieval English history known as the Wars of the Roses." BBC History Magazine

"Hicks' book will be the standard work on Warwick." History

"A rewarding essay ... founded on comprehensive research and a profound knowledge of the era which none today can match." History Today

"There is a great deal to admire in this book. It is shrewd and knowledgeable in its judgments, based on a tremendous amount of research, and has a lot of new and interesting things to say about the politics of mid-fifteenth century England." The Medieval Review

"Hicks has made another considerable contribution to our understanding of fifteenth-century England, and this book is sure to be widely read and vigorously discussed." American Historical Review

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780631235934
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
09/17/2008
Pages:
368
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

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From the Publisher
"Thoroughly recommended to anyone wanting to make sense of the bloodbath in late medieval English history known as the Wars of the Roses." BBC History Magazine

"Hicks' book will be the standard work on Warwick." History

"A rewarding essay ... founded on comprehensive research and a profound knowledge of the era which none today can match." History Today

"There is a great deal to admire in this book. It is shrewd and knowledgeable in its judgments, based on a tremendous amount of research, and has a lot of new and interesting things to say about the politics of mid-fifteenth century England." The Medieval Review

"Hicks has made another considerable contribution to our understanding of fifteenth-century England, and this book is sure to be widely read and vigorously discussed." American Historical Review

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