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Henry VI and the Politics of Kingship (Hardback)
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Henry VI and the Politics of Kingship (Hardback)

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Hardback 420 Pages / Published: 08/08/1996
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Henry VI (1422-61) was one of the most spectacularly inadequate kings of England, and his reign dissolved into the conflict known as the Wars of the Roses. Yet he held on to his throne for thirty-nine years and, for almost thirty of them, without much difficulty. What was the nature of Henry's inadequacy, and why did it have such ambivalent and complicated results? Since the 1970s most histories of fifteenth-century England have focused on the individual interests and private connections of politicians as a means of making sense of politics. By contrast, this 1996 work argues that we can understand what happened in Henry VI's reign only if we look at common interests and public connections as well. Ultimately it is the problem of establishing royal authority which emerges as paramount, with the supposedly factious and 'overmighty' nobility appearing as doomed but devoted servants of the state.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521420396
Number of pages: 420
Weight: 790 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 27 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
'... the most original study of the reign of Henry VI to have appeared for a long time, striking out for a fresh interpretation of its troubles ... This is an important book, incorporating highly intelligent historical thinking which promises to throw new light on other English reigns besides that of Henry VI.' M. H. Keen, Nottingham Medieval Studies
'... historians will find in this well-written and stimulating book an essential guide to the politics of Henry VI's court.' Simon Walker, The Times Literary Supplement
"Watts' book offers a great deal, not least in terms of his clarification of the values, norms, and expectations of politics in late medieval England.... " Michael J. Bennett, Albion
"This study takes a respectable place in the recent and admirable literature that reappraises 15th-century England." Choice
"...by far the most substantial and sustained case for the new constitutional history." American Historical Review
"...Watts has written a convincing argument.... The book, ...will engender much debate on this maligned monarch. For this, Watts has made a notable contribution to fifteenth-century English historical studies." Ronald Edward Zupko, The Historian
"The book...will engender much debate on this maligned monarch. ...a notable contribution to fifteenth-century English historical studies." Ronald Edward Zupko, The Historian

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