Edward IV

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Yale University Press, 1997 - Biography & Autobiography - 479 pages
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In his own time Edward IV was seen as an able and successful king who rescued England from the miseries of civil war and provided the country with firm, judicious, and popular government. The prejudices of later historians diminished this high reputation, until recent research confirmed Edward as a ruler of substantial achievement, whose methods and policies formed the foundation of early Tudor government.   This classic study by Charles Ross places the reign firmly in the context of late medieval power politics, analyzing the methods by which a usurper sought to retain his throne and reassert the power of a monarchy seriously weakened by the feeble rule of Henry VI. Edward's relations with the politically active classes—the merchants, gentry, and nobility—form a major theme, and against this background Ross provides an evaluation of the many innovations in government on which the king's achievement rests.
  

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Review: Edward IV (The English Monarchs)

User Review  - Mike Luoma - Goodreads

While a foundational modern work on Edward IV, Ross here is still limited by his own biases and the school of British Historical thought he came from. Students of Ross - and they are legion - will ... Read full review

Review: Edward IV (The English Monarchs)

User Review  - Jeremy Perron - Goodreads

There is an old phrase that goes `never hire two brothers to work for you, because they will always be more loyal to each other than they will ever be to you, and if they are not, who can trust a man ... Read full review

Contents

The Heir of York
3
The Yorkist Triumph 146o1461
22
The Defence of the Throne 14611464
41
The Establishment of the Yorkist Regime
64
The Kings Marriage and the Rise of the Woodvilles
84
The Burgundian Alliance and the Breach with Warwick
104
The Years of Crisis 14691471
126
Domestic Problems and Policies 14711475
181
Personal Monarchy
299
Councillors Courtiers and Kings Servants
308
Nobles Commons in Parlia
331
The Kings Finances
371
Law and Order
388
Aftermath
414
Note on Narrative Sources
429
Edward IVs Governor
436

The Kings Great Enterprise 14721475
205
1o Family Politics and Foreign Relations 1475148o page
239
Court Life and Patronage of the Arts
257
War Diplomacy and Disillusion 148o1483
278

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About the author (1997)

Charles Ross was professor of medieval history at the University of Bristol before his death in 1986. Among his books is Richard III, also in the Yale English Monarchs series.

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