Reversal of Fortune and the English Nobility 1075-1455
Hardback 286pp Illustrated
9780719075216   Product Code: 20691
This original study examines the increasing brutality of politics in later medieval England and highlights the reasons behind it, including the changing nature of the royal right of forfeiture, the ground-breaking legislation of Edward I, and the continued evolution of both feudalism and the medieval polity. Bothwell first looks at how noble dynasties 'fell', then describes the appalling consequences, from exile to execution, and argues that the quest for survival increasingly involved the efforts of wives, mothers and daughters.