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In this reassessment of Richard II, an outstanding group of international contributors re-evaluates the (frequently biased) evidence to create a new and rounded portrait of this fascinating and much maligned king. They investigate Richard's contemporary reputation and key aspects of his policies, covering topics which include: the conventions of co-operation between kings and communities; discourse on the nature and purpose of rule; monarchy as spectacle; the cultural expression of royal personality; and the fiscal basis of government. They highlight the seriousness of the problems affecting the exercise of kingship, and show how the traditional and innovative panaceas attempted by a conventionally-minded prince resulted in his downfall. It is a study which repositions the reign within he evolution of English kingship.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780199262205
ISBN-10: 0199262209
Format: Paperback
(215mm x 139mm x 16mm)
Pages: 312
Imprint: Oxford University Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 17-Apr-2003
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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