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Henry VI

Author: Bertram Percy Wolffe
Publisher: New Haven : Yale University Press, ©2001.
Series: Yale English monarchs.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Bertram Wolffe challenges the traditional view of Henry VI as an unworldly, innocent and saintly monarch and offers instead a finely-drawn but critical portrait of an ineffectual ruler. Drawing on widespread contemporary evidence, Wolffe describes the failures of Henry's long reign from 1422 to 1471, which included the collapse of justice, the loss of the French territories and the final disintegration of his  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Biography
Named Person: Henry, King of England; Henry, King of England; Henry, King of England; Heinrich, England König; Henry, (King of England); Henri VI (roi d'Angleterre; 1421-1471); König VI ) Heinrich (England
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Bertram Percy Wolffe
ISBN: 0300089260 9780300089264
OCLC Number: 48032728
Notes: Originally published: London : Eyre Metheun, 1981. With new foreword.
Description: xxvii, 400 pages, [12] leaves of plates : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm.
Contents: The myth of the royal saint --
An infant king --
Coronations --
Royal adolescence --
The attainment of power --
The royal entourage --
Patronage, faction and injustice in England, 1437-1450 --
The founder of Eton and King's --
War and peace : the problems of Normandy and Gascony, 1437-1443 --
Marriage and truce, 1443-1445 --
Surrender and defeat, 1445-1450 --
Parliamentary opposition and popular risings, 1449-1450 --
The frustration of Richard Duke of York, 1450-1453 --
Madness, 1453-1455 --
The first battle of St Albans and its consequences --
The loss of the throne --
The last ten years --
Apotheosis --
Appendix : itinerary of Henry VI, 1436-1461.
Series Title: Yale English monarchs.
Other Titles: Henry 6th
Henry the sixth
Responsibility: Bertram Wolffe.

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"Bertram Wolffe challenges the traditional view of Henry VI as an unworldly, innocent and saintly monarch and offers instead a finely-drawn but critical portrait of an ineffectual ruler. Drawing on widespread contemporary evidence, Wolffe describes the failures of Henry's long reign from 1422 to 1471, which included the collapse of justice, the loss of the French territories and the final disintegration of his government. He argues that the posthumous cult of Henry was promoted by Henry VII as a way of excusing his uncle's political failures while enhancing the image of the dynasty."--Jacket.

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