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The Woodville Connection

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Author: K.E. Martin
Publisher: Pen and Sword
ISBN: 178303002X
Size: 65.27 MB
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Category : Fiction
Languages : en
Pages : 200
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Book Description: There are many stories with which I bore my greedy visitors but there is one I never shall tell. Although it pleases me to confide this tale to my good friends quill and parchment, I have instructed the stout, dumpling-cheeked widow who sees to the comfort of my house to feed my writings to the flames the moment I breathe my last. I do not doubt that she will obey my order since I have bought her loyalty with gold and soft words, and in any case the woman is unlettered and has little interest in my ramblings. Thus I would have it. I am the last survivor of those who took part in the Plaincourt Manor affair and I have vowed to take that secret to my grave..." ??The illegitimate child of a penniless knight and a woman of easy virtue, Francis Cranley is abandoned by his mother when his father is killed in battle bravely fighting for the esteemed House of York. Realizing the babe faces certain death without his intervention, the Duke of York decides to repay his dead knight's loyalty by saving the child, taking him in and raising him at Middleham Castle alongside his own children, including the youngest, Richard of Gloucester, to whom he grows particularly attached, displaying an unswerving loyalty from an early age.??Capable, quick-witted and handy in a fight, Cranley is chosen by Gloucester to untangle a mystery that arrives at the castle one wintery December morning in the guise of an old soldier on the run. Accused of murdering a child, the man begs Gloucester to help him prove his innocence. Years ago he saved the Duke's life and now he hopes the favour will be returned. Gloucester wants to help, but he cannot be seen to aid a man wanted by the King's justices, since the King is his beloved brother. So he turns to Cranley, who then embarks on a journey that puts his life in mortal danger as he uncovers dark secrets and is pitted against powerful enemies uncomfortably close to the throne.??A tale of intrigue, mystery and high drama set against the backdrop of one of the most dramatic episodes in English history, this debut novel from Kathy Martin draws upon her skills as a historian to vividly recreate the landscapes of England that played host to such events.


Elizabeth Woodville

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Author: David Baldwin
Publisher: The History Press
ISBN: 0752468979
Size: 66.70 MB
Format: PDF
Category : History
Languages : en
Pages : 240
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Book Description: Elizabeth Woodville is undoubtedly a historical character whose life no novelist would ever have dared invent. She has been portrayed as an enchantress; as an unprincipled advancer of her family's fortunes and a plucky but pitiful queen in Shakespeare's histories. She has been alternatively championed and vilified by her contemporaries and five centuries of historians, dramatists and novelists, but what was she really life? In this revealing account of Elizabeth's life David Baldwin sets out to tell the story of this complex and intriguing woman. Was she the malign influence many of her critics held her to be? Was she a sorceress who bewitched Edward IV? What was the fate of her two sons, the 'Princes in the Tower'? What did she, of all people, think had become of them, and why did Richard III mount a campaign of vilification against her? David Baldwin traces Elizabeth's career and her influence on the major events of her husband Edward IV's reign, and in doing so he brings to life the personal and domestic politics of Yorkist England and the elaborate ritual of court life.


Edward Iv

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Author: Charles Ross
Publisher: Yale University Press
ISBN: 0300229739
Size: 72.36 MB
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Category : Biography & Autobiography
Languages : en
Pages : 510
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Book Description: In his own time Edward IV was seen as an able and successful king who rescued England from the miseries of civil war and provided the country with firm, judicious, and popular government. The prejudices of later historians diminished this high reputation, until recent research confirmed Edward as a ruler of substantial achievement, whose methods and policies formed the foundation of early Tudor government. This classic study by Charles Ross places the reign firmly in the context of late medieval power politics, analyzing the methods by which a usurper sought to retain his throne and reassert the power of a monarchy seriously weakened by the feeble rule of Henry VI. Edward's relations with the politically active classes—the merchants, gentry, and nobility—form a major theme, and against this background Ross provides an evaluation of the many innovations in government on which the king's achievement rests.


Edward Iv

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Author: Jeffrey James
Publisher: Amberley Publishing Limited
ISBN: 1445646226
Size: 17.16 MB
Format: PDF, ePub, Docs
Category : History
Languages : en
Pages : 304
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Book Description: Edward IV’s struggle to gain and retain the kingship of England during a period of sustained dynastic turmoil in the middle of the Wars of the Roses


The Yorkists

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Author: Anne Crawford
Publisher: A&C Black
ISBN: 1847251978
Size: 19.27 MB
Format: PDF, Kindle
Category : History
Languages : en
Pages : 200
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Book Description: An incisive study of the Yorkists, including the well-known figures of Richard III, Edward III, IV and V, that places them in both an historical and literary context.


What The River Knows

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Author: Wayne Fields
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
ISBN: 9780226248578
Size: 24.54 MB
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Category : Nature
Languages : en
Pages : 252
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Book Description: At the age of forty-two, Wayne Fields set upon a sort of pilgrimage when he waded the near twenty-mile stretch of a small river in northern Michigan with fly rod in hand. He emerged with a beautiful and poignant memoir, a meditation on families and aging, and a whimsical response to what time, and streams, and those we care about bring into our lives.


The Transformation Of Medieval England 1370 1529

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Author: J.A.F. Thomson
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1317872592
Size: 22.89 MB
Format: PDF, Mobi
Category : History
Languages : en
Pages : 444
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Book Description: A detailed survey which examines the major developments in English society during this period of social crises, population decline, agarian unrest, the introduction to enclosures - and political tensions particularly over succession.


Richard Iii

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Author: Charles Ross
Publisher: Yale University Press
ISBN: 0300229747
Size: 51.93 MB
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Category : Biography & Autobiography
Languages : en
Pages : 268
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Book Description: Richard III ruled England for a mere twenty-six months, yet few English monarchs remain as compulsively fascinating, and none has been more persistently vilified. In his absorbing and universally praised account, Charles Ross assesses the king within the context of his violent age and explores the critical questions of the reign: why and how Richard Plantagenet usurped the throne; the belief that he ordered the murder of "the Princes in the Tower"; the events leading to the battle of Bosworth in 1485; and the death of the Yorkist dynasty with Richard himself. In a new foreword, Professor Richard A. Griffiths identifies the attributes that have made Ross's account the leading biography in the field, and assesses the impact of the research published since the book first appeared in 1981. "A fascinating study on a perennially fascinating topic… the base against which will be measured any future research."--Times Higher Education Supplement


The Rose Of Middleham

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Author: Christina Smee
Publisher: Troubador Publishing Ltd
ISBN: 0993281117
Size: 28.42 MB
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Category : Fiction
Languages : en
Pages : 200
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Book Description: When a young blacksmith’s daughter arrives at Middleham Castle in the north of England little did she know that it was here that she would meet and fall in love with one of the most powerful and enigmatic men of the Fifteenth Century. Richard, Duke of Gloucester, later to become King Richard 111, takes possession of the castle upon his marriage to a wealthy heiress but this does nothing to diminish the love Christiana has for him. She bears the duke an illegitimate son and against all odds continues to live and work as a servant within the castle walls. Christiana’s devotion spans twenty four years and follows Richard’s fortunes from the north of England to the battlefields of the Wars of the Roses and his ultimate death. Christiana’s story does not end with the death of the king and she finds it within herself to carry on despite being a woman alone and destitute until she eventually finds the love and happiness that had always existed but never acknowledged.


Richard Iii

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Author: Matthew Lewis
Publisher: Amberley Publishing Limited
ISBN: 1445671557
Size: 60.67 MB
Format: PDF, Kindle
Category : History
Languages : en
Pages : 448
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Book Description: A definitive new biography of one of British history's most controversial figures, that seeks to bring peace to Richard III's reputation.


Commonwealth And The English Reformation

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Author: Ben Lowe
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 135195038X
Size: 62.66 MB
Format: PDF
Category : History
Languages : en
Pages : 332
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Book Description: Whilst much recent research has dealt with the popular response to the religious change ushered in during the mid-Tudor period, this book focuses not just on the response to broad liturgical and doctrinal change, but also looks at how theological and reform messages could be utilized among local leaders and civic elites. It is this cohort that has often been neglected in previous efforts to ascertain the often elusive position of the common woman or man. Using the Vale of Gloucester as a case study, the book refocuses attention onto the concept of "commonwealth" and links it to a gradual, but long-standing dissatisfaction with local religious houses. It shows how monasteries, endowed initially out of the charitable impulses of elites, increasingly came to depend on lay stewards to remain viable. During the economic downturn of the mid-Tudor period, when urban and landed elites refocused their attention on restoring the commonwealth which they believed had broken down, they increasingly viewed the charity offered by religious houses as insufficient to meet the local needs. In such a climate the Protestant social gospel seemed to provide a valid alternative to which many people gravitated. Holding to scrutiny the revisionist revolution of the past twenty years, the book reopens debate and challenges conventional thinking about the ways the traditional church lost influence in the late middle ages, positing the idea that the problems with the religious houses were not just the creation of the reformers but had rather a long history. In so doing it offers a more complete picture of reform that goes beyond head-counting by looking at the political relationships and how they were affected by religious ideas to bring about change.