The first twenty years (1377-97) of Richar II's reign was characterised by war and rebellion, show trials, scandalous royalty, horrible murders, attempts to solve the Irish question and the making of England's oldest alliance. This richly-documented period offers exceptional opportunities and challenges to students, and the editor has selected material from a wide range of sources: well-known English chronicles, foreign chronicles, and legal, administrative and financial records. This book 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. Students of Richard II's reign are blessed with numerous written sources. This reign saw the last great flowering of medieval chronicle-writing.
Students of Richard II’s
reign are blessed with numerous written sources. This reign saw the last
great flowering of medievalchronicle-writing; these interesting times
gave authors plenty to write about! Most of the chronicles will be
introduced on their first appearance in the book, but a brief word must
be said here about some of the most important. Thomas Walsingham