Description - Richard Ii by Laura Ashe
Richard II came to the throne as a child, following the long, domineering, martial reign of his grandfather Edward III. Throughout his reign he suffered from the disastrous combination of a most exalted sense of his own divine power and an inability to impress that power on those closest to the throne. Neither trusted nor feared, Richard battled with a whole series of failures and emergencies, including the Great Revolt, before finally succumbing to a coup, imprisonment and a lonely death. Laura Ashe's dazzling account emphasizes the strange gap between Richard's personal incapacity and the astonishing cultural legacy of his reign - from theaWilton Diptychaand Westminster Hall toaSir Gawain and the Green Knight, Piers PlowmanaandaThe Canterbury Tales. She shows us a figure who spent his life trying to embody the majesty of kingship, yet who, ultimately, could not live up to the glory of his image.
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(183mm x 121mm x 16mm)
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Author Biography - Laura Ashe
Laura Ashe is Associate Professor of English and a Fellow of Worcester College, Oxford. Her first book was Fiction and History in England, 1066-1200 and she has edited Early Fiction in England: From Geoffrey of Monmouth to Chaucerfor Penguin Classics. The extraordinary flowering of English literature in the reign of Richard II features in much of her work. She is now writing the new Oxford English Literary History, vol. 1: 1000-1350.