The Red Prince: The Life of John of Gaunt, the Duke of Lancaster (Hardback)
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The Red Prince: The Life of John of Gaunt, the Duke of Lancaster (Hardback)

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Hardback 304 Pages / Published: 15/04/2021
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'Helen Carr fully succeeds in restoring John of Gaunt to his rightful place - in the first rank of medieval princes.' Charles Spencer, bestselling author of Blenheim and Killers of the King

John of Gaunt was son of Edward III, brother to the Black Prince, father to Henry IV and the forefather of the Tudors. His character and motivations have been hotly disputed: supposed usurper of Richard II's crown and a focus of hatred throughout the latter part of the fourteenth century, culminating in the dramatic Peasants' Revolt and the torching of his home, the Savoy Palace. Helen Carr will paint a complex portrait of a man who held the levers of power on the English and European stage, passionately upheld chivalric values, patronised early religious reform and supported a renaissance in art and literature in England ...inspiring Shakespeare to characterise Gaunt in Richard II, in giving the most beautiful oration on England ('this sceptred isle... this blessed plot'). An engrossing drama of political machinations, violence, romance and tragedy played out at the cusp of a new era.

Publisher: Oneworld Publications
ISBN: 9780861540822
Number of pages: 304
Dimensions: 234 x 153 x 28 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

'Helen Carr is a really exciting new talent in the world of history writing, whose work strikes a perfect balance between lucidity and scholarship. Her debut, The Red Prince, is a beautifully nuanced portrait of an oft misunderstood man.'

-- Rebecca Rideal, author of 1666: Plague, War and Hellfire

'Helen is smart, witty and is building an impressive media career. I have no doubt that she will be some sort of big shot before the decade is out.'

-- Dan Jones

'Helen Carr is one of the most exciting and talented young historians out there. She has a passion for medieval history which is infectious and is always energetic and engaging, whether on the printed page or the screen.'

-- Dan Snow

'Deploying vivid and compelling prose alongside her considerable scholarship, Helen Carr fully succeeds in restoring John of Gaunt to his rightful place - in the first rank of medieval princes. This is an excellent book, that brings the fourteenth century back to life through a thoughtful parade of intriguing characters - none more fascinating than John of Gaunt himself.'

-- Charles Spencer, bestselling author of Blenheim and Killers of the King

'Superb, gripping and fascinating, here is John of Gaunt and a cast of kings, killers and queens brought blazingly, sensitively and swashbucklingly to life. An outstanding debut.'

-- Simon Sebag Montefiore

'A long overdue reappraisal of one of medieval England's greatest but most enigmatic figures. The Red Prince announces Helen Carr as one of the most exciting new voices in narrative history.'

-- Dan Jones, author of the Plantagenets and The Hollow Crown

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