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The King, the Crown, and the Duchy of Lancaster : Public Authority and Private Power, 1399-1461 - Helen Castor

The King, the Crown, and the Duchy of Lancaster

Public Authority and Private Power, 1399-1461

Hardcover Published: 3rd August 2000
ISBN: 9780198206224
Number Of Pages: 360

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In 1399 Henry Bolingbroke, duke of Lancaster, seized the throne of England to become Henry IV. From 1399, therefore, the Lancastrian kings - unlike their royal predecessors - commanded not only the public authority of the crown, but also the private power of the Duchy of Lancaster. Until now, this has been seen simply as an advantage to the Lancastrian crown, and as an uncontroversial part of the evolution of a 'royal affinity' during the later middle ages. However, this study makes clear that profound tensions existed between the role of the king and that of his alter ego, the duke of Lancaster. This book examines the complex relationship between the king, the crown and the Duchy of Lancaster at both a national and a local level, focusing particularly on the north midlands and East Anglia and, in so doing, sheds light on the nature and functioning of the late medieval English monarchy.

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This invigorating and scholarly assessment concentrates particularly on the political society of East Anglia, Derbyshire and Staffordshire, making thereby a significant contribution to regional, as well as to national, history. Northern History Combines stimulating argument with conceptual clarity and detailed analysis to contribute significantly to our understanding of later medieval English politics. English Historical Review Lucid and scholarly monograh ... the thoroughness of her research and the balanced nature of her judgements carry considerable conviction. Castor's book will require historians of the period to clarify their thinking about the nature of royal authority and the expectations of local society. Simon Walker, Times Literary Supplement

Part I 1: Introduction 2: The Duchy of Lancaster and the Lancastrian Kings i.The Duchy of Lancaster under Henry IV ii.The Duchy of Lancaster under Henry V iii.The Lancastrian affinity to 1399 iv.The Duchy of Lancaster under Henry VI Part II: The crown, the Duchy of Lancaster, and the rule of the localities: East Anglia, 1399-1461 3: i. Patterns of lordship in East Anglia ii. 1300-1430: The establishment of a crown connection 4: i. 1430-1437: The rise of the Suffolk's lordship ii. 1437-1447: The de la Pole affinity iii. 1437-1447: The challenge to Suffolk's lordship iv. 1447-1450:The politics of confrontation v. East Anglia in the 1440s: the Paston evidence 5: 1450-1461: The struggle for control Part III: The crown, the Duchy of Lancasterand the rule of the localities: Derbyshire and Staffordshire, 1399-1461 6: i. The Lancastrian affinity in the north midlands to 1399 ii. 1399-1414:The Lancastrian affinity and the Lancastrian crown 7: i. 1414-1422: Political assimilation and royal rule ii. 1422-1440: The growth of noble lordship 8: 1437-1461: The duke of Buckingham and the rule of the north midlands Conclusion Bibliography Index

ISBN: 9780198206224
ISBN-10: 0198206224
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 360
Published: 3rd August 2000
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.39 x 15.6  x 2.06
Weight (kg): 0.67

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