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Henry VI and the politics of kingship

Author: John Watts
Publisher: New York : Cambridge University Press, 1996.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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A re-evaluation of politics and political structure in the reign of Henry VI (1422-61), first published in 1996.

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Genre/Form: Biography
History
Biographies
Named Person: Henry, King of England; Henri, roi d'Angleterre; Henry, King of England; Henri, (roi d'Angleterre ;
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: John Watts
ISBN: 0521420393 9780521420396
OCLC Number: 33041739
Description: xvii, 399 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: 1. Introduction: ideas and politics in fifteenth-century history --
2. The conceptual framework. The norms of kingship in the later middle ages. The ideological impact of the civil wars. The political ideas of the nobility --
3. Government. National government. Local government --
4. Features of Henry VI's polity. The problem of the king's personality. The minority and its legacy --
5. The years of transition, 1435-1445. The changing forms of government. The formation of a royal regime. Authority and politics, 1439-1445. Conclusion --
6. The rule of the court, 1445-1450. The workings of the 'personal rule'. Suffolk and the household. Suffolk's policy and the nobility, 1445-1448. The decline and fall of Suffolk's regime, 1448-1450. Conclusion --
7. The search for authority, 1450-1461. York and the common voice, 1450-1452. Somerset and the restoration of government, 1450-1453. The demise of the king, 1453-1456. The rule of the lords in the 1450s. The anarchy, 1456-1459.
Responsibility: John Lovett Watts.
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