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Falling from Grace : Reversal of Fortune and the English Nobility 1075-1455 - J. S. Bothwell

Falling from Grace

Reversal of Fortune and the English Nobility 1075-1455

Paperback Published: 1st June 2010
ISBN: 9780719075223
Number Of Pages: 288

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This original study examines how members of the English medieval nobility and their families fell, usually dramatically and often violently, from position and power in the period 1075-1455. It also considers what those who survived this fall did while out of favour and what some families did to attempt to revive their fortunes. For those noble dynasties that managed to survive such downturns, there was usually an attempt to return to position, if not power - though the road was never easy and, this book argues, increasingly involved sustained efforts by wives, mothers and daughters.

Based on extensive research in chronicle, administrative, artistic and other interdisciplinary sources, Falling from grace spans almost four centuries, from the Earls' Revolt of 1075 to the beginning of the Wars of the Roses, and will be of considerable interest to both academic and general audiences.

""Falling from Grace" is an innovative and illuminating study, providing a new dimension to our understanding of the mentalities of the medieval nobility. Investigating the neglected concept of secular sin and redemption in the Middle Ages, it ranges widely over the theme of noble disgrace from the Norman Conquest to the Wars of the Roses. Bothwell has drawn together an imaginative range of sources and themes in political and cultural history to create a book of considerable significance and lasting worth." --Professor Mark Ormrod, University of York

List of illustrations Acknowledgements Abbreviations Chronology INTRODUCTION: The medieval English nobility and the Wheel of Fortune 1. BLACK BOOKS: Many roads to perdition 2. AT HIS MAJESTY'S PLEASURE: Punishment, execution and degradation of wayward nobles 3. THE HARDER THEY COME: Estate seizure in the later middle ages 4. LIFE IN THE WILDERNESS: The English noble in disgrace 5. RETURNING TO FAVOUR: The search for redemption CONCLUSION: The medieval aristocrat, 'Wheels of Fortune' and 'Falls of Princes' BIBLIOGRAPHY INDEX -- .

ISBN: 9780719075223
ISBN-10: 071907522X
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 1st June 2010
Publisher: Manchester University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.43