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The Resource Richard II, Nigel Saul

Richard II, Nigel Saul

Label
Richard II
Title
Richard II
Statement of responsibility
Nigel Saul
Title variation
  • Richard 2
  • Richard the Second
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"Richard II is one of the most enigmatic of English kings. Shakespeare depicted him as a tragic figure, an irresponsible, cruel monarch who nevertheless rose in stature as the substance of power slipped from him. By later writers he has been variously portrayed as a half-crazed autocrat or a conventional ruler whose principal errors were the mismanagement of his nobility and disregard for the political conventions of his age. This book--the first full-length biography of Richard in more than fifty years--offers a radical reinterpretation of the king. Nigel Saul paints a picture of Richard as a highly assertive and determined ruler, one whose key aim was to exalt and dignify the crown. In Richard's view, the crown was threatened by the factiousness of the nobility and the assertiveness of the common people. The king met these challenges by exacting obedience, encouraging lofty new forms of address and constructing an elaborate system of rule by bonds and oaths. Saul traces the sources of Richard's political ideas and finds that he was influenced by a deeply felt orthodox piety and by the ideas of the civil lawyers. He shows that, although Richard's kingship resembled that of other rulers of the period, unlike theirs, his reign ended in failure because of tactical errors and contradictions in his policies. For all that he promoted the image of a distant, all-powerful monarch, Richard II's rule was in practice characterised by faction and feud. The king was obsessed by the search for personal security: in his subjects, however, he bred only insecurity and fear. A revealing portrait of a complex and fascinating figure, the book is essential reading for anyone with an interest in the politics and culture of the English middle ages."--
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Biography type
individual biography
Cataloging source
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Saul, Nigel
Dewey number
942.038092
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
  • plates
Index
index present
LC call number
DA235
LC item number
.S26 1997eb
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
Series statement
Yale English monarchs
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Richard
  • Great Britain
  • Great Britain
  • Richard
  • Richard
  • Richard
  • BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY
  • HISTORY
  • HISTORY
  • Kings and rulers
  • Great Britain
  • Civilisation médiévale
  • Grande-Bretagne
  • Grande-Bretagne
Label
Richard II, Nigel Saul
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Publication
Copyright
Antecedent source
unknown
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 476-496) and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
907376152
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (xiv, 514 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates)
File format
unknown
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780300149050
Level of compression
unknown
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Other physical details
illustrations, maps.
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
  • 768907
  • 22573/ctt1bhjj5r
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not applicable
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unknown
Sound
unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)907376152
Label
Richard II, Nigel Saul
Publication
Copyright
Antecedent source
unknown
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 476-496) and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
907376152
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (xiv, 514 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates)
File format
unknown
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780300149050
Level of compression
unknown
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Other physical details
illustrations, maps.
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
  • 768907
  • 22573/ctt1bhjj5r
Quality assurance targets
not applicable
Reformatting quality
unknown
Sound
unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)907376152

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