Henry IV

Henry IV Henry IV the son of John of Gaunt duke of Lancaster seized the English throne at the age of thirty two from his cousin Richard II and held it until his death aged forty five when he wa

  • Title: Henry IV
  • Author: Christopher Given-Wilson
  • ISBN: 9780300154191
  • Page: 151
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Henry IV 1399 1413 , the son of John of Gaunt, duke of Lancaster, seized the English throne at the age of thirty two from his cousin Richard II and held it until his death, aged forty five, when he was succeeded by his son, Henry V This comprehensive and nuanced biography restores to his rightful place a king often overlooked in favor of his illustrious progeny.Henry facHenry IV 1399 1413 , the son of John of Gaunt, duke of Lancaster, seized the English throne at the age of thirty two from his cousin Richard II and held it until his death, aged forty five, when he was succeeded by his son, Henry V This comprehensive and nuanced biography restores to his rightful place a king often overlooked in favor of his illustrious progeny.Henry faced the usual problems of usurpers foreign wars, rebellions, and plots, as well as the ambitions and demands of the Lancastrian retainers who had helped him win the throne By 1406 his rule was broadly established, and although he became ill shortly after this and never fully recovered, he retained ultimate power until his death Using a wide variety of previously untapped archival materials, Chris Given Wilson reveals a cultured, extravagant, and skeptical monarch who crushed opposition ruthlessly but never quite succeeded in satisfying the expectations of his own supporters.

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    Chris Given Wilson is emeritus professor of medieval history, University of St Andrews.

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  • The Lancastrian UsurperMy existing knowledge of Henry IV amounted to the assumption that he probably came somewhere between Henry III and Henry V. So I hoped that this biography, part of the Yale University Press English Monarchs series, would fill a pretty big hole. And, with a large degree of success, it does.In the introduction, Chris Given-Wilson makes it clear that the book is a political biography of the man rather than a history of the period, though obviously the two are intertwined. Mos [...]


  • Ruling between Richard II and Henry V, the ruthless, capable, practical and strikingly modern Henry IV can get lost. Given-Wilson's robust and thoughtful new biography for the Yale series of English monarchs is an effective study of the successful usurper, his context and actions--from the buildup and utility of the Lancaster affinity, the Scottish, Welsh and French enemies, England operating with a population fully halved by the plague, in the throes of proto-religious reformation (Gaunt and Wy [...]


  • An exciting read for the researching historian. A very substantial and deeply researched biography.Details and footnotes galore.Read for personal research. I found this work of immense interest and the contents helpful and inspiring - number rating relates to the book's contribution to my needs.Overall, this work is also a good resource for the historian, researcher, and enthusiast."Using a wide variety of previously untapped archival materials, Chris Given-Wilson reveals a cultured, extravagant [...]


  • Outstanding scholarship, as one expects from this author, but Arundel's 'Constitutions' and the repressive impact of the statute de heretic comburendo seem trivialised in comparison with (mainly literary) studies by the likes of David Aers and Nicholas Watson.


  • This is a real tour de force, a comprehensive look at the man who, as the author points out, is often skipped over as little more than a pivot point between the drama of Richard II’s downfall and Henry V’s glorious but short-lived potential.There’s a lot to praise here, both chewy data and persuasive analysis, but the book suffers from organizational problems. Given-Wilson gets off to a promising start by showing how scattered John of Gaunt’s holdings were throughout England—unlike Fra [...]


  • This is an incredibly well researched and written volume for the Yale English Monarchs Series. Chris Given-Wilson has gone to great lengths to reconstruct the image of the kingship of Henry IV and what impression it made on England in the early fifteenth century. At nearly 550 pages of text, it provides a detailed explanation of nearly every important development during Henry IV's reign. One of the best bits of this book regard Henry IV's attitude to his foreign dominions. He perhaps faced the g [...]


  • This addition to the Yale Monarch Series has been long awaited and for good reason as Given-Wilson's biography is now the best work on the first Lancastrian king. Henry IV has long been overshadowed by the incompetent king he overthrew (Richard II) and the military glory achieved by his son (Henry V). Given-Wilson's detailed study illuminates Henry's personality, the Lancastrian heritage he inherited which later influenced his kingship, and the multiple crises the usurper had to navigate in orde [...]


  • Wow. This book is a beast. I mean that in the best way possible. At almost 800 pages, this book is absolutely packed full of information. This is not for the casual history fan, but is a dream for one who loves real history without needless exploitation or manufactured drama. Despite being so long, I didn't feel like it dragged or can even suggest edits (which is rare for me). The attention to detail was excellent without being overwhelming and didn't feel like Given-Wilson was including it just [...]


  • Well researched tome into the little documented life of a rather questionable King Henry IV of England.Henry's life is covered in four main parts: 1267 - 1399 (early life, Richard II's trouble reign, Henry's crusading, first marriage); 1399 - 1405 (his reign, the rebellions of Percy & Glyndwr); 1405 - 1410 (rise of the Lollards, study of his kingship); 1409 - 1413 (rise of Henry V and death of Henry IV).This is well researched and footnoted throughout. I particularly liked the inclusion at t [...]


  • I really enjoyed this book. It was on one of the English kings that I didn't know quite as much about. I thought the information was presented in a clear, a bit dry occasionally, way. There was plenty of information packed into this book and overall a good read.**I received a copy from Netgalley and the publisher in exchange for a review**



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