The Fears of Henry IV: The Life of England's Self-Made King (Paperback)
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The Fears of Henry IV: The Life of England's Self-Made King (Paperback)

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Published: 03/07/2008
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From the saviour of the realm to the subject of multiple attempted assassinations in the space of six years. King Henry IV's reign was characterised by his fear and paranoia, but above all a continued quest for survival.

The son of John the Gaunt, Henry was seen as a confident, well-educated, generous, and spiritually fervent young man. And, in 1399, having ousted the insecure tyrannical Richard II, he was enthusiastically greeted as the new King of England.

However, therein lay Henry's weakness. Upon assuming the crown, he found himself surrounded by men who would only support him as long as they could control him. When they failed, they plotted to kill him.

Long characterised as a treacherous murderer for slaying Richard II, Henry IV's achievements as king have been played down throughout history. However, in this fascinating examination of his reign, Ian Mortimer revaluates what Henry managed to accomplish against all adversity as king. Provoking a social revolution as well as a political one, he took a poorly ruled nation into a new, Lancastrian dynasty, and, while perhaps not the most glorious king England has ever had, he certainly proves to one of the bravest.

'[Mortimer] has... a vivid historical imagination which lends colour and excitement to his pages' Literary Review

Publisher: Vintage Publishing
ISBN: 9781844135295
Number of pages: 496
Weight: 427 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 31 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

[Mortimer] has an instinctive sympathy for the men about whom he writes, a real understanding of the mentalities of late medieval England, and a vivid historical imagination which lends colour and excitement to his pages - Literary Review

Mortimer's book is a success and tells an important story very well - Richard Francis, Daily Telegraph

An arresting and original biography - Jessie Childs, Sunday Telegraph

[It] possesses the rare combination of clarity, liveliness, balanced judgement, erudition without pedantry, and scholarship founded on his own research among primary sources - Scotland on Sunday

The book is at its most compelling in conjuring a sense of place or occasion - Guardian

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“The Fears of Henry IV”

With The Fears of Henry IV, as well as his two previous books, Ian Mortimer has firmly established himself as one of the most gifted scholars of medieval history and characters. Although it is often increasingly... More

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“A very interesting read an often forgotten, or misunderstood, king of England.”

Henry IV is perhaps known for only a few things, being the subject of three Shakespeare plays, rebelling against his cousin Richard II, being the father of Henry V and the first Lancastrian monarch.

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