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The Red Prince: The Life of John of Gaunt, the Duke of Lancaster

The Red Prince: The Life of John of Gaunt, the Duke of Lancaster

by Helen Carr
The Red Prince: The Life of John of Gaunt, the Duke of Lancaster

The Red Prince: The Life of John of Gaunt, the Duke of Lancaster

by Helen Carr

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Overview

War, revolution and love – dazzling medieval history from a rising star

A TIMES AND SUNDAY TIMES BEST BOOK OF 2021

SHORTLISTED FOR THE ELIZABETH LONGFORD PRIZE FOR HISTORICAL BIOGRAPHY

The Red Prince announces Helen Carr as one of the most exciting new voices in narrative history.’ Dan Jones

Son of Edward III, brother to the Black Prince, father to Henry IV and the sire of all the Tudors. Always close to the English throne, John of Gaunt left a complex legacy. Too rich, too powerful, too haughty... did he have his eye on his nephew’s throne? Why was he such a focus of hate in the Peasants’ Revolt? In examining the life of a pivotal medieval figure, Helen Carr paints a revealing portrait of a man who held the levers of power on the English and European stage, passionately upheld chivalric values, pressed for the Bible to be translated into English, patronised the arts, ran huge risks to pursue the woman he loved... and, according to Shakespeare, gave the most beautiful of all speeches on England.


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780861543182
Publisher: Oneworld Publications
Publication date: 03/01/2022
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 184,453
Product dimensions: 7.70(w) x 5.10(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Helen Carr is a historian, writer and history producer. She has produced history documentaries for the BBC, SkyArts, Discovery, CNN and HistoryHit TV and has previously worked for BBC Radio 4’s weekly programme In Our Time. Helen is a regular features writer for BBC History Magazine and has contributed to the New Statesman, History Today and History Extra. She now runs her own podcast, Hidden Histories, available on iTunes. She tweets at @HelenhCarr

Table of Contents

Money ix

Introduction xi

Prologue xv

Maps of France and the Iberian Peninsula in the Fourteenth Century xviii

1 This England 1

2 The Glory of War 19

3 Fire and Water 37

4 The Bleeding Tomb: a Lancastrian Inheritance 57

5 Death, Duty and Dynasty 79

6 Cat of the Court 97

8 Enemy of the People 115

9 The Rising 133

0 Noble Uncle, Lancaster 155

10 King of Castile and Leon 181

11 Peacemaker 197

12 Time Honour'd Lancaster 217

Epilogue 239

John of Gaunt's legacy: a family tree 241

A Note on Sources 243

Acknowledgements 249

Further Reading 251

Notes 259

Index 274

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