The reign of Richard II

From minority to tyranny 1377–97

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.

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‘This will be a popular addition to the series. Richard II has been the subject of more, and more searching, reappraisal in the past twenty years than perhaps any other late medieval English monarch.'
PETER CROOKS, Trinity College Dublin
The Journal of the Historical Association
December 2015

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