A study of five remarkable sixteenth-century women. Part of the select group of Tudor women allowed access to formal humanist education, the Cooke sisters were also well-connected through their marriages to influential Elizabethan politicians.
Drawing on the rich historical collections of the British Library - including two original copies of Magna Carta from 1215 - the catalogue brings to life the history and contemporary resonance of this globally important document and features treasured artefacts inspired by the rich legacy of Magna Carta
aeo The first comprehensive and fully--researched biography of Matilda ever published in English. aeo Written by the worlda s leading Anglo--Norman scholar. aeo The first comprehensive and fully--researched biography of Matilda ever published in English. aeo Written by the worlda s leading Anglo--Norman scholar.
A biography of King Stephen (1134-54), the last Norman monarch whose reign was key in English history as well as the subject of much controversial assessment. Traditionally regarded as a period of anarchy and civil war, recent research has presented a more balanced perspective.
Anne Neville was queen to England's most notorious king, Richard III. Dying before the age of thirty, she was always, apparently, the passive instrument of others' evil intentions. This biography seeks to tell the story of Anne's life, and uncovers the real wife of Richard III by charting the twists and turns of her fraught and tragic life.
This study reveals the heightened importance of print in both the lives of the members of the political nation and the minds of the political elite in the civil wars and Interregnum. It demonstrates both the existence and prevalence of print propaganda with which politians became associated and much more.
In the spring of 1623 Charles, Prince of Wales, the young heir to the English and Scottish thrones donned a false wig and beard and slipped out of England under the assumed name of John Smith. In this volume, scholars from a variety of disciplines analyse the reactions of Charles' romantic escapade and offer their insights into the affair.
Places John Day in the context of the sixteenth-century printing industry, and examines his disputed origins and establishment as a London printer. This book discusses his Elizabethan career, together with the most significant works he printed, and his connections with the Stranger communities in London.
The youngest son of Emperor Maximilian II, and nephew of Philip II of Spain, Archduke Albert (1559-1621) was originally destined for the church. Through an investigation of Albert's reign, this book offers a fresh understanding of international events of the time.
Exactly 150 years after the Norman Conquest of England in 1066, history came extremely close to repeating itself when another army set sail from the Continent with the intention of imposing foreign rule on England.
Offers a regional study of women in 13th-century England, making use of charters, chronicles, government records and other sources to examine the interaction of gender, status and life-cycle in shaping women's experiences in Lincolnshire. This book investigates the lives of noblewomen, townswomen, and women religious from a variety of angles.
This work on the wardrobe of Queen Elizabeth I is illustrated with photographs of portraits, minatures, tomb sculptures, engravings, woven textiles and embroiders. Two indexes are provided: the first of paintings, persons, places and events; the second offering information on fashionable dress.
Considering plays by Philip Massinger, Richard Brome, Ben Jonson, John Ford and James Shirley, this study addresses the political import of drama as it engages with contemporary struggles over authority between royal prerogative, common law and local custom in Caroline England. In so doing.
The story of Abelard and Heloise remains one of the world's most celebrated and tragic love affairs. This title follows the path of their romance from its reckless and ecstatic beginnings when Heloise became Abelard's pupil, through the suffering of public scandal and enforced secret marriage, to their eventual separation.
Known as 'the anarchy', the reign of Stephen, saw England plunged into a civil war that illuminated the fatal flaw in the powerful Norman monarchy, that without clear rules ordering succession, conflict between members of William the Conqueror's family were inevitable. This book deals with Stephen's life and work.
As a successor to William the Conqueror it was William Rufus who had to establish permanent Norman rule. A ruthless man, he frequently argued with his older brother Robert over their father's inheritance - but he also handed out effective justice, leaving as his legacy one of the most extraordinary of all medieval buildings, Westminster Hall.
Henry V's invasion of France, in August 1415, represented a huge gamble. As heir to the throne, he had been a failure, cast into the political wilderness amid rumours that he planned to depose his father. This book explores how Henry's efforts to expunge his past failures, and his experience of crisis - which threatened to ruin everything.
Argues for a new interpretation of the seventeenth-century Scottish revolution that goes beyond questions about its radicalism, and reconsiders its place within an overarching 'British' narrative. The narrative links the forging of a distinct political and religious culture to the emergence of an autonomous Scottish state.
Eleanor, Duchess of Aquitaine was one of the leading personalities of the Middle Ages, and also one of the most controversial. Having inherited a vast feudal domain stretching from the Loire to the Pyrenees, she was one of the greatest heiresses in history. This biography offers a perspective on this woman.
A collection of essays on the literary and cultural impact of the early modern rogue. Under various names - rogues, vagrants, molls, doxies, vagabonds, cony-catchers, masterless men - this group of marginal figures, poor men and women with no clear social place or identity, exploded onto the scene in 16th century English history and culture.
The first biographical study of Nicholas Ferrar to uncover his continental travels, the harmonies the family created, his collaboration with George Herbert, and the Little Gidding's connection to the later voluntary societies.
Peter Wilson provides a concise yet comprehensive account of the Holy Roman Empire and its profound impact during its last three centuries of existence. Drawing on a wealth of research, the expanded new edition has been fully revised and updated throughout and now features a new chapter on 'Nation and Identity'.
The Tudor era encompasses some of the greatest changes in our history. But while we know about the historical dramas of the times - most notably in the court of Henry VIII - what was life really like for a commoner like you or me? This title deals with this questions.
Magna Carta, forced on King John in 1215 by rebellion, is one of the famous documents in world history. It asserts a fundamental principle: that ruler is subject to the law. This book draws on discoveries to give an account of Magna Carta's origins, survival and enforcement, showing how it quickly gained a central place in English political life.
This biography provides a comprehensive reappraisal of Henry II, the man and king. W.L. Warren explores a whole range of contemporary sources to illuminate the king's policy and personality, as well as the events of his reign.
Throughout the late medieval period, from 1300 to 1500, England and France were bitter enemies, often at war or on the brink of it. In 1520, in an effort to bring conflict to an end, England's monarch, Henry VIII, and Francis I of France agreed to meet at "the Field of Cloth of Gold". The author offers a fresh appraisal of this historical event.
A biography that provides the most authoritative picture yet of King Stephen, whose reign (1135-1154), with its 'nineteen long winters' of civil war, made his name synonymous with failed leadership. After years of work on the sources, the author shows with clarity the strengths and weaknesses of the monarch.
This text examines relationships between cultural history and politics, from the eve of the Armada to the death of Charles II. It emphasizes the diversity of cultural perspectives available in the period, and the role played by concepts of honour, law, divine providence and humanist scholarship.