Late Medieval England 1399-1509 (Longman History of Medieval England)

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9780582031357: Late Medieval England 1399-1509 (Longman History of Medieval England)

A highly accessible and unashamedly `King-centred' history of the 15th century which, as Pollard clearly shows, was not only a period of change and disunity, but also witnessed a great increase in the English sense of identity and self-worth. Beginning with the deposition of Richard II in 1399, Pollard investigates the political, religious and social factors that transformed England from a medieval to a modern society during the reigns of Lancastrian, Yorkist and Tudor monarchs. Chapters also consider the place of the 15th century within the broader history of England, different interpretations of the period and the social changes that affected all sectors of the population.

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This new history of England in the fifteenth century will transform our understanding of the period. Drawing together political, economic, social and religious considerations, the clear chronological framework brings the age of Lancaster and York to life. It takes further the notion that, far from being overwhelmed by destructive civil strife, England's late medieval century was characterised by social stability, economic development and cultural vigour which lay the foundations for the emergence of early modern society. Placing the English experience within the vital context of the British Isles, the book ranges from the reign of Henry IV to the closing of the middle ages during the reign of Henry VIII, covering:

* The Lancastrian dynasty
* The later stages of the Hundred Years War
* The Wars of the Roses
* The early Tudors

The political narrative is interspersed with discussion of social, economic and religious life, analysis of institutional structures and the role of the church. Late Medieval England presents a significant and vital reappraisal of a critical era in English history.

A.J. Pollard is Professor of History at the University of Teesside.

Longman History of Medieval England
Series Editor: David Palliser, University of Leeds

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'Professor Pollard brilliantly accomplishes his goals... [and] rehabilitates the reputation of the period...'Michael Myers, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 'The story is well-told, in elegant prose...and Pollard deftly incorporates a wide range of colourful material'"THES" 'coherent, clearly organized, and well indexed - as easy to dip into as read as a whole...a valuable, reasoned guide through a complex era'"Speculum"

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