The Wars of the Roses
The Fall of the Plantagenets and the Rise of the Tudors
Dan Jones looks beyond the story of dynastic rivalry promoted by Tudor historians to the complex civil conflict that followed a disastrous collapse of royal authority during the reign of Henry IV, became a crisis of legitimacy when Richard, Duke of York decided to claim the crown, and ended with the elimination of the Plantagenets. Finally, Jones examines the early history of the Tudor family and presents them 'not according to their own myth, but as the fifteenth century really found them'.
A Medical Kindred in the Classical Gaelic Tradition
The members of Clan Maic-bethad or Clan MacBeth, later 'Beaton', practised medicine in the classical Gaelic tradition in various parts of Scotland from the early 14th to the early 18th century. Using many medieval Gaelic manuscripts associated with the Beatons, this study reconstructs the history of the kindred and their medicine, from their origins in Ireland to their heyday in 17th-century Scotland, when patrons included the kings of Scotland, and the clan's demise after 1700.
Against All England
Regional Identity and Cheshire Writing, 1195-1656
Examining late medieval and early modern English identity from the vantage point of an explicitly regional literature, this study of pageants, poems and prose works created in Cheshire between 1195 and 1656 challenges the dominant view of the Renaissance as a break with England's medieval past. In discussing texts such as Lucian's De laude Cestrie, the Chester Whitsun plays and the Stanley family romances, Barrett demonstrates both regional continuity and the 'complex intertwining of regional and national identities'.
The Kings that Made Britain
At the accession of Henry II in 1154, the Plantagenets ruled over a realm that stretched from the Scottish borders to the Pyrenees. When Richard III died in 1485, only Calais was left on the European mainland, but the Plantagenets had consolidated and secured royal control within Britain. In this lucid account of their 300 year reign, Wilson chronicles the turbulent and often blood-soaked world of kings such as Richard the Lionheart, King John and Henry V, the hero of Agincourt.
Medieval and Renaissance Stained Glass
in the Victoria and Albert Museum
The V&A's collection of medieval and Renaissance stained and painted glass is the largest and most comprehensive in the world. This selection of the Museum's panels spans the period 1140 to 1540 and shows the technical and artistic advances between the Romanesque and Renaissance eras, while also illuminating the beliefs and images, sacred and secular, of the medieval world. The collection is represented here by 110 plates, including full page details of important pieces, with following commentaries.
Jocelin of Wells
Bishop, Builder, Courtier
Jocelin, a royal administrator and the bishop of Wells from 1206 to 1242, played a major role in the growth of Somerset's towns, fairs and markets as well as the completion of Wells Cathedral and its Bishop's Palace. This volume comprises ten essays on Jocelin's life, career and reforms, his building projects and the findings of recent architectural, archaeological and botanical investigations into the curious physical nature of the palace site.
Magna Carta and the England of King John
What was the social, economic, legal and religious background to Magna Carta? How was King John perceived by those who knew him, and what was England like during his reign? The studies in this collection analyse such issues as the legacy of earlier Angevin rulers, the burgeoning economy of the early 13th century and Magna Carta's effects on widows and property. The volume ends with the first critical edition of an open letter of 1210 from the king himself.
Sedulius Scottus, De Rectoribus Christianis
'On Christian Rulers'
In his significant political treatise On Christian Rulers, Sedulius Scottus (fl. c.850) attempted to clarify the proper relation between spiritual and secular power. Dyson has produced this new critical edition of the Latin text, with facing translation; he also provides an introduction covering what we know of Sedulius' life, the background to this work and its place in the development of political theory in the Christian West.
Medieval Sieges and Siegecraft
With the proliferation of formalized cities, the medieval period became the 'golden age' of siege warfare, an age of trebuchets and mangonels, boiling oil and Greek fire. In this accessible study of medieval siegecraft, Hindley traces the development of strongpoints, castles and fortified towns, examines the problems of logistics and food supplies for both the besieged and besiegers and shows how some of the most famous sieges changed the course of history in Europe and the Holy Land.
The Book of Michael of Rhodes
A Fifteenth-Century Maritime Manuscript. Vol.1 Facsimile
This text by a 15th century mariner describes his experiences in the Venetian merchant and military fleets, and includes writings on commercial mathematics, shipbuilding, navigation, calendrical systems and astrology. Presented in photographic facsimile. Felt-tip mark on lower trimmed edge.
The People, The King and the Great Revolt of 1381
In 1381, England erupted in a violent popular uprising as unexpected as it was unprecedented. Juliet Barker's narrative history depicts a volatile society on the brink of profound change. Treating contemporary chronicles with scepticism, she draws on court proceedings and letters to give voice to the ordinary people from many walks of life who took part in the so-called Peasants' Revolt, illuminating their motives and demands, examining the ambiguous role of Richard II, and charting its long-term effects.
A Sacred City
Consecrating Churches and Reforming Society in Eleventh-Century Italy
In the Latin West the 11th century was a time of rapid social change, political expansion and violent conflict between secular and religious powers over the control of sacred space, epitomized by the so-called Investiture Conflict. By analysing the consecrations of churches and attempts to direct the large crowds which such occasions attracted, Hamilton identifies the significance of religious rites as metaphor for reform, and highlights the complex relationship between the political, social and religious in Italian cities.
Encyclopedia of the Middle Ages
Although centred on medieval Christendom in Europe, the Encyclopedia includes articles on other continents and peoples of other faiths in so far as they were relevant to the Christians of the Middle Ages. Altogether there are over 3,000 articles, written by some 600 scholars sharing their expertise on subjects ranging from abbeys to the zodiac. This English version, translated by Adrian Walford, contains additional entries on English areas of interest and bibliographies for each article. Indexed. Off-mint.
In Search of Alfred the Great
The King, the Grave, the Legend
Buried in 899 CE as the king of the English at his capital city of Winchester, Alfred the Great's bones were thought to have been moved sometime later to an unmarked grave. They remained completely lost for centuries, but recent discoveries have reawakened interest in this heroic figure. Including chapters by Dr Katie Tucker describing her amazing discovery of Alfred's remains, this book tells the story of the only English monarch ever to have earned the epithet 'the Great'.
A Brief History of Life in the Middle Ages
Martyn Whittock uses a variety of first-hand accounts and anecdotes to show how England was transformed between the age of the Saxon kings in the 10th century and the 15th century Wars of the Roses. Revealing the diversity of medieval society, he explains the effects of the changing feudal system and the emergence of towns and the urban elite.
Heresy, Crusade and Inquisition in Medieval Quercy
Inquests in the 1240s found that Catharism and the Waldensian heresy had taken firm hold in the county of Quercy in Languedoc, which had previously played a significant role in the Albigensian crusade against the Cathars. With detailed analysis of the evidence gathered by the inquisitors, this study investigates the cultural and political origins of Quercy's dramatic confessional shift, the divergent beliefs and allegiances within families and the impact of heresy on everyday life.
The Anglo-Saxon Age
Beginning with the settlement of Britain by Germanic peoples after the Roman occupation, Venning explores historical what-ifs such as the unification of England by different kingdoms, a Viking triumph over Alfred and an Anglo-Saxon victory at the battle of Hastings. Grounded in the actual forces and tensions of the period, this counterfactual history illuminates the reality while discussing intriguing speculative scenarios.
The Hundred Years War
What course would English history have taken had Henry V been defeated at Agincourt? What if Joan of Arc had not galvanized French resistance at Orleans? Venning explores these and many more what-ifs during the reigns of kings Edward III to Henry VI, focusing on decisive moments in Britain's history. Grounded in the actual forces and tensions of the Middle Ages, this counterfactual study illuminates the reality as well as discussing engrossing speculative scenarios.
The Wars of the Roses 1455-85
In this volume of his Alternative History of Britain , Timothy Venning focuses on an unprecedented era of political instability in Britain and illuminates what really happened while exploring the fascinating alternative courses history would have taken if, for example, Warwick had won the Battle of Barnet, young Edward V had not disappeared, or the outcome at Bosworth had been in Richard's favour.
Church and People in the Medieval West, 900-1200
During the three centuries following the collapse of Carolingian rule, Europe was transformed by a vigorous ecclesiastical reform movement and the building of great monasteries and local churches. Hamilton's study of these changes focuses on England, France, Germany and northern Italy, using recent research into religious institutions and the neglected evidence of liturgical material: it offers a new interpretation of ordinary people's experience of Christianity against a background of continual evolution in the roles of clergy and laity.
Peoples and Politics in the British Isles 1280-1460
In the last decades of the 13th century the British Isles appeared to be on the point of unified rule, dominated by the lordship, law and language of the English. However, by 1400 Britain and Ireland were divided between the warring kings of England and Scotland, and peoples were still starkly defined by race and nation. This study addresses the question of why the apparent trend towards a common Anglicised world stopped so abruptly after 1300.
The Fall of Constantinople to the Ottomans
Context and Consequences
Bringing to an end a millennium of the Christian Roman Empire, the fall of Constantinople in 1453 marked a decisive turning-point in the history of both Europe and Russia as the Ottoman Empire transformed itself into a world power. Rather than providing a conventional narrative, Angold concentrates on the historical significance of this event, analysing the complicated process of creating identities and ideologies to fill the void left by the final fall of the city.
Although generally thought of as the hero of Agincourt, recent studies have depicted Henry V as an obsessive egoist. Matusiak's biography takes a fresh look at the life and nine-year reign of Henry and gives a more balanced view of the king, looking at the often neglected role of those who supported him, notably Henry and Thomas Beaumont; and showing Henry as indeed a man of prodigious gifts whose military achievements made a profound impression on his contemporaries.
English Episcopal Acta II and III
Canterbury 1162-1205 (Two volumes)
First published in 1987, this two-volume work presents annotated Latin texts of the Acta of Archbishops Thomas Becket, Richard of Dover, Baldwin of Forde and, in the second volume, Hubert Walter. With a substantial introduction and index.
Interpreters of Early Medieval Britain
This volume comprises 28 biographies of outstanding scholars, mostly in the form of obituaries originally written for the British Academy's Proceedings. During the 19th and 20th centuries these men and women made formative contributions to the study of the early medieval British Isles, with areas of expertise ranging across languages and literature, history, archaeology, art history and palaeography. Lapidge's introductory essay identifies the connections between these lives and sets them within the context of their evolving disciplines.