Medieval Intrigue: Royal Murder and Regnal Legitimacy

Medieval Intrigue: Royal Murder and Regnal Legitimacy


By (author) Ian Mortimer

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  • Publisher: Continuum International Publishing Group Ltd.
  • Format: Hardback | 256 pages
  • Dimensions: 164mm x 234mm x 30mm | 762g
  • Publication date: 18 November 2010
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1847065899
  • ISBN 13: 9781847065896
  • Illustrations note: ill
  • Sales rank: 125,355

Product description

Ian Mortimer considers some of the key questions in Medieval history and rethinks the nature of historical evidence. In this important new work Ian Mortimer examines some of the most controversial questions in medieval history, including whether Edward II was murdered, his possible later life in Italy, the weakness of the Lancastrian claim to the throne in 1399, and the origins of the idea of the royal pretender. Central to this book is his groundbreaking approach to medieval evidence. He explains how an information-based method allows a more certain reading of a series of texts. He criticises existing modes of arriving at consensus and outlines a process of historical analysis that ultimately leads to questioning historical doubts as well as historical facts, with profound implications for what we can say about the past with certainty. This is an important work from one of the most original and popular medieval historians writing today.

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Author information

Ian Mortimer is the author of the bestselling The Time-Traveller's Guide to Medieval England, a series of four medieval historical biographies and a revolutionary study of medicine in early modern England. He is an Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Exeter, a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society (by whom he was awarded the Alexander Prize in 2004) and a qualified archivist

Review quote

'His [Mortimer's] experimental and challenging approach finds fertile ground in the intricacies and mysteries of court faction, noble rebellion and royal intrigue.' --Sanford Lakoff

Table of contents

Preface; Information and Intrigue - Methodological Introduction; 1. The Death of Edward II in Berkeley Castle; 2. Sermons of Sodomy; 3. Legitimacy of the King; 4. What really happened to Edward II?; 5. Richard II and the Succession to the crown; 6. The Nature of the Pretender. Edward II and the succession; Bibliography; Index.