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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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Book Details

ISBN: 9780141979892
ISBN-10: 0141979895
Format: Hardback
(183mm x 121mm x 16mm)
Pages: 144
Imprint: Allen Lane
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Publish Date: 28-Jan-2016
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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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.

Books By Laura Ashe

Early Fiction in England by Laura Ashe
Paperback, September 2015
Fiction and History in England, 1066-1200 by Laura Ashe
Paperback, March 2011