The Hollow Crown: A History of Britain in the Late Middle Ages (TPB) (GRP)

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Penguin Adult, Jan 27, 2005 - History - 416 pages
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There is no more haunting, compelling period in Britain's history than the later middle ages. The extraordinary kings - Edward III and Henry V the great warriors, Richard II and Henry VI, tragic inadequates killed by their failure to use their power, and Richard III, the demon king. The extraordinary events - the Black Death that destroyed a third of the population, the Peasants' Revolt, the Wars of the Roses, the Battle of Agincourt. The extraordinary artistic achievements - the great churches, castles and tombs that still dominate the landscape, the birth of the English language in The Canterbury Tales.

For the first time in a generation, a historian has had the vision and confidence to write a spell-binding account of the era immortalised by Shakespeare's history plays. THE HOLLOW CROWN brilliantly brings to life for the reader a world we have long lost - a strange, Catholic, rural country of monks, peasants, knights and merchants, almost perpetually at war - but continues to define so much of England's national myth.

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User Review  - wagner.sarah35 - LibraryThing

This is an ambitious historical overview of late medieval England, and as so often is the case, a number of topics are touched upon but little is explored with any depth. The tumultuous political ... Read full review

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User Review  - waltzmn - LibraryThing

The less you know, the better you will like this book. That's an unfair summary, but it sums up my immediate reaction. That, or, "Who edited this thing?" All authors make slips in writing. That's what ... Read full review


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Miri Rubin is Professor of History at Queen Mary, University of London

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