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Creativity, Contradictions and Commemoration in the Reign of Richard II

Essays in Honour of Nigel Saul

«Provides a feast of new insights on primary sources, while never losing sight of the human drama--all in the great tradition of its honoree.»

THE MEDIEVAL REVIEW

Aspects of the turbulent rule of Richard II freshly examined.

The reign of Richard II is well known for its political turmoil as well as its literary and artistic innovations, all areas explored by Professor Nigel Saul during his distinguished career. Les mer

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Aspects of the turbulent rule of Richard II freshly examined.

The reign of Richard II is well known for its political turmoil as well as its literary and artistic innovations, all areas explored by Professor Nigel Saul during his distinguished career. The present volume interrogates many familiar literary and narrative sources, including works by Froissart, Gower, Chaucer, Clanvow, and the Continuation of the Eulogium Historiarum, along with those less well-known, such as coroner's inquests and gaol delivery proceedings. The reign is also notorious for its larger than life personalities - not least Richard himself. But how was he shaped by other personalities? A prosopographical study of Richard's bishops, a comparison of the literary biographies of his father the Black Prince, and Bertrand du Guesclin, and a reconsideration of Plantagenet family politics, all shed light on this question. Meanwhile, Richard II's tomb reflects his desire to shape a new vision of kingship. Commemoration more broadly was changing in the late fourteenth century, and this volume includes several studies of both individual and communal memorials of various types that illustrate this trend: again, appropriately for an area Professor Saul has made his own.
Contributors: Mark Arvanigian, Caroline Barron, Michael Bennett, Jerome Bertram, David Carpenter, Chris Given-Wilson, Jill Havens, Claire Kennan, Hannes Kleineke, John Leland, Joel Rosenthal, Christian Steer, George Stow, Jenny Stratford, Kelcey Wilson-Lee.

Detaljer

Forlag
The Boydell Press
Innbinding
Innbundet
Språk
Engelsk
Sider
324
ISBN
9781783276172
Utgivelsesår
2022
Format
23 x 16 cm

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«Provides a feast of new insights on primary sources, while never losing sight of the human drama--all in the great tradition of its honoree.»

THE MEDIEVAL REVIEW

«A lasting and indispensable complement to Saul's talent and reach as a historian of the reign of Richard II.»

SPECULUM

«Offers a welcome thematic unity often lacking in the Festschrift format and focuses its appeal. When politicians speak of learning from history, they rarely mean the late medieval past, yet this is a volume that has distinct resonance for the present. It is a worthy celebration of Professor Saul's contribution to the field.»

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