True Plantagenet: The Life of Edward Mortimer: Praedicat Rex Part 1 (Paperback)Norman Pen (author)
Paperback 260 Pages / Published: 16/06/2015
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The Plantagenet dynasty began with Henry II, whose Angevin territories in France comprised Anjou/Maine, Aquitaine and Gascony. In the 14th Century, Edward III began the Hundred Years War to recover this Empire: Henry V's war against the French King Charles Vl, and his son the Prince, or Dauphin, aimed to complete this conquest. In 1399, King Richard II was defeated in battle and deposed by Henry Bolingbroke, who became Henry IV, Hal's father. Richard had no children, but before his death, named Edmund Mortimer as his legitimate successor. In truth, Edmund's claim, direct from Edward III's second surviving son, was far superior to Bolingbroke's descent from Edward's younger son, John of Gaunt, he of Shakespeare's "This Sceptred Isle" speech. Throughout the reign, Henry faced rebellion in his Kingdom, from the disputatious Percies, (mainly the Earl of Northumberland and his son Hotspur), to the disgruntled Welsh, led by Owen Glendower. At one time or the other, Edmund's uncle, also Edmund, supported by cousins Richard and Edward, joined them in open rebellion, proclaiming our Edmund the rightful King.The first Holy Roman Emperor was Charlemagne at the beginning of the ninth Century, crowned in Rome by a grateful Pope Leo III, for delivering him from his enemies. In Edmund's time, the Holy Roman Empire extended across Bohemia into Hungary, and the Emperor, elected by seven Prince and Prelate 'Electors' within Germany, still assumed the title 'King' of the Romans, prior to his papal coronation. At this time the ruling dynasty was of the Luxemburg kings, the decadent Wenzel, superseded by his altogether more devout brother, Sigismund. A generation later the dynasty passed to the better known Hapsburgs, of Austro Hungary. Throughout the 14th Century, successive Popes were to be found in Avignon at the now historic Papal Palace. Following this period of 'captivity', so called because of their proximity to the French throne, came the 'great schism', where at least one 'Antipope' presented himself in opposition to Rome. The last of these, Benedict XIII, fled from Perpignan in Southern France, to Valencia in Spain, breaking his journey in Avignon, at the time of Edmund's visit.
Publisher: Norman Pen
Number of pages: 260
Dimensions: 234 x 156 mm
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