The introduction describes the complex domestic and international situation which confronted the young king and offers guidance on the strengths and weaknesses of the reign's leading chronicles. During his fifty-year reign Edward III had restored the prestige and glamour of crown and court at home and abroad, defeated the Scots and humiliated the French. Students of Richard II's reign are blessed with numerous written sources. This reign saw the last great flowering of medieval chronicle-writing. Historians have abundant material for the early years of the reign, but from 1394 the position is problematic: much of Thomas Walsingham's account was written after Richard's deposition, and the chronicles by Henry Knighton and the Monk of Westminster finish about then.