Henry V is regarded as the great English hero. Lionised in his own day for his victory at Agincourt, his piety and his rigorous application of justice, he was elevated by Shakespeare into a champion of English nationalism for all future generations. But what was he really like?
Agincourt was an astonishing clash of arms, a pivotal moment in the Hundred Years War and the history of warfare in general. King Henry V's exhausted troops were preparing for certain defeat as they faced a far larger French army. This book takes the reader into the heart of this extraordinary feat of arms.
In medieval and early modern Europe, marriage treaties were a perennial feature of the diplomatic landscape. In After Lavinia, John Watkins traces the history of the practice, focusing on the unusually close relationship between diplomacy and literary production in Western Europe from antiquity through the seventeenth...
Examines the transition in the economy and society of England between 1250 and 1550. This book shows that development of individual property, response to new consumption patterns, and use of credit and investment, came from the peasantry rather than the aristocracy, and reveals how England was set on course to become the 'first industrial nation'.
In the second half of the sixteenth century, most of the Christian states of Western Europe were on the defensive against a Muslim superpower - the Empire of the Ottoman sultans. This title describes the paths taken through the eastern Mediterranean and its European hinterland by members of a Venetian-Albanian family.
He is the first Englishman for whom a biography survives so that we know more about Alfred and his ideals than we do for most people who lived over a thousand years ago.A slightly longer answer would say that things are a bit more complicated, and that one reason Alfred seems to be so `great' was that he made sure we were told that he was.
Few social historians had examined the popular religious beliefs of the 1500s at the time Thomas published Religion and the Decline of Magic in 1971. His analysis of how deeply held beliefs in witchcraft, spirits, and magic evolved during the Reformation remains one of the great works of post-war scholarship.