The Order of the Garter 1348-1461

The Order of the Garter 1348-1461 : Chivalry and Politics in Late Medieval England

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This is the first scholarly study of the political role of the Order of the Garter during the late middle ages. It evaluates the relationship between the practical objectives served by the institution and its status as a chivalric elite. Focusing on the years between the Garter's inception in 1348 and the deposition of Henry VI in 1461, the study considers the Order's conception, companionship and collective activities, and places them against the political backdrop
of the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries. Hugh Collins highlights the potential of the fraternity as an instrument of political patronage, and attributes its success in this area to the important balance achieved in the Garter's constitution and fellowship between pragmatic considerations and
knightly ideas. His examination of the interdependence of these two facets thus reveals the extent to which political society in the late middle ages founded its ambitions and aspirations on the cult of chivalry.
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  • Hardback | 344 pages
  • 146 x 225 x 24mm | 530g
  • Clarendon Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New
  • tables
  • 0198208170
  • 9780198208174

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Literary scholars will learn more about the medieval Order of the Garter from this book than from any other, and they will profit from the expertise of a historian. * Medium Aevum * Collins has produced a succinct account which no student of the political, martial and chivalric world of the late middle ages can ignore. * History * Solidly researched ... likely to be consulted as a reference concerning the institutional and political aspects of the order in the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries. It is an important work of use to historians of late medieval England. * History * Useful window upon aristocratic culture ... provides useful insights into this key institution in the determination of chivalric culture in England, including a valuable section on attitudes towards the Garter and its traditions in vernacular literary texts. * Years Work in English Studies *
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About Hugh E. L. Collins

Research analyst, Ashurst Morris Crisp (London law firm)
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