Richard II (Penguin Monarchs)

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Richard II (Penguin Monarchs)

Richard II (Penguin Monarchs)

A Brittle Glory

  • Author: Laura Ashe
  • Publisher: Penguin UK
  • ISBN: 0141979909
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Page: 144
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Richard II (1377-99) came to the throne as a child, following the long, domineering, martial reign of his grandfather Edward III. He suffered from the disastrous combination of a most exalted sense of his own power and an inability to impress that power on those closest to the throne. Neither trusted nor feared, Richard battled with a whole series of failures and emergencies before finally succumbing to a coup, imprisonment and murder. Laura Ashe's brilliant account of his reign emphasizes the strange gap between Richard's personal incapacity and the amazing cultural legacy of his reign - from the Wilton Diptych to Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, Piers Plowman and The Canterbury Tales.

Henry II (Penguin Monarchs)

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Henry II (Penguin Monarchs)

Henry II (Penguin Monarchs)

A Prince Among Princes

  • Author: Richard Barber
  • Publisher: Penguin UK
  • ISBN: 0141977094
  • Category: History
  • Page: 244
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Henry II (1154-89) through a series of astonishing dynastic coups became the ruler of an enormous European empire. One of the most dynamic, restless and clever men ever to rule England, he was brought down both by his catastrophic relationship with his archbishop Thomas Becket and his debilitating arguments with his sons, most importantly the future Richard I and King John. His empire may have ultimately collapsed, but in Richard Barber's vivid and sympathetic account the reader can see why Henry II left such a compelling impression on his contemporaries.

Edward II (Penguin Monarchs)

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Edward II (Penguin Monarchs)

Edward II (Penguin Monarchs)

The Terrors of Kingship

  • Author: Christopher Given-Wilson
  • Publisher: Penguin UK
  • ISBN: 0141977973
  • Category: History
  • Page: 160
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'He seems to have laboured under an almost child-like misapprehension about the size of his world. Had greatness not been thrust upon him, he might have lived a life of great harmlessness.' The reign of Edward II was a succession of disasters. Unkingly, inept in war, and in thrall to favourites, he preferred digging ditches and rowing boats to the tedium of government. His infatuation with a young Gascon nobleman, Piers Gaveston, alienated even the most natural supporters of the crown. Hoping to lay the ghost of his soldierly father, Edward I, he invaded Scotland and suffered catastrophic defeat at the Battle of Bannockburn. After twenty ruinous years, betrayed and abandoned by most of his nobles and by his wife and her lover, Edward was imprisoned in Berkeley Castle and murdered - the first English king since the Norman Conquest to be deposed.

James II (Penguin Monarchs)

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James II (Penguin Monarchs)

James II (Penguin Monarchs)

The Last Catholic King

  • Author: David Womersley
  • Publisher: Penguin UK
  • ISBN: 0141977078
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Page: 144
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The short, action-packed reign of James II (1685-88) is generally seen as one of the most catastrophic in British history. James managed, despite having access to tremendous reserves of good will and deference, to so alienate his supporters that he had to flee for his life. And yet, most of that life was spent not as king but first as heir to Charles II, as Duke of York (after whom New York is named) and then in the last part of his life as the first Jacobite 'Pretender', starting a problem that would haunt Britain's rulers for generations.

Elizabeth II (Penguin Monarchs)

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Elizabeth II (Penguin Monarchs)

Elizabeth II (Penguin Monarchs)

The Steadfast

  • Author: Douglas Hurd
  • Publisher: Penguin UK
  • ISBN: 0141979429
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Page: 160
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In September 2015 Queen Elizabeth II becomes Britain's longest-reigning monarch. During her long lifetime Britain and the world have changed beyond recognition, yet throughout she has stood steadfast as a lasting emblem of stability, continuity and public service. Historian and senior politician Douglas Hurd has seen the Queen at close quarters, as Home Secretary and then on overseas expeditions as Foreign Secretary. Here he considers the life and role of Britain's most greatly admired monarch, who, inheriting a deep sense of duty from her father George VI, has weathered national and family crises, seen the end of an Empire and heard voices raised in favour of the break-up of the United Kingdom. Hurd creates an arresting portrait of a woman deeply conservative by nature yet possessing a ready acceptance of modern life and the awareness that, for things to stay the same, they must change. With a preface by HRH Prince William, Duke of Cambridge

Richard II

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Richard II

Richard II

A Brittle Glory (Penguin Monarchs)

  • Author: Laura Ashe
  • Publisher: Allen Lane
  • ISBN: 9780141979892
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  • Page: 144
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A startling, subversive novel about a teenage girl who has lost everything and will burn anything. Fourteen-year-old Lucia is a young narrator whose voice will long ring in your ears. She is angry with almost everyone, especially people who tell her what to do. She follows the one rule that makes any sense to her: Don't Do Things You Aren't Proud Of. Orphaned and living with her elderly aunt in poverty in the converted garage of a large mansion, Lucia makes her way through the world with only a book, a Zippo lighter, and a pocket full of stolen licorice. Expelled from school, again, Lucia spends her days riding the bus to visit her mother in The Home. When Lucia discovers a secret Arson Club, she will do anything to be a part of it. Her own arson manifesto is a marvellous anarchist pamphlet, written with biting wit and striking intelligence. The voice of teenaged Lucia is a tour de force: a brilliant, wrenching cry from the heart and mind of a super-smart, funny girl who can't help telling us the truth, a riveting chronicle of family, misguided friendship, and loss. How to Set a Fire and Whyis Jesse Ball's most accessible novel yet; after Silence Once Begunand A Cure for Suicide, the pyrotechnics on display here will dazzle. 'I was captivated from the first line...... Lucia belongs with all the great child truth tellers: David Copperfield, Huck Finn, Holden Caulfield...... I loved her and I loved the book, every page of it.' Peter Heller, author of The Dog Stars andThe Painter

William III & Mary II (Penguin Monarchs)

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William III & Mary II (Penguin Monarchs)

William III & Mary II (Penguin Monarchs)

Partners in Revolution

  • Author: Jonathan Keates
  • Publisher: Penguin UK
  • ISBN: 0141976888
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Page: 112
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William III (1689-1702) & Mary II (1689-94) (Britain's only ever 'joint monarchs') changed the course of the entire country's history, coming to power through a coup (which involved Mary betraying her own father), reestablishing parliament on a new footing and, through commiting Britain to fighting France, initiating an immensely long period of warfare and colonial expansion. Jonathan Keates' wonderful book makes both monarchs vivid, the cold, shrewd 'Dutch' William and the shortlived Mary, whose life and death inspired Purcell to write some of his greatest music.

Aethelred the Unready

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Aethelred the Unready

Aethelred the Unready

The Failed King

  • Author: Richard Abels
  • Publisher: Allen Lane
  • ISBN: 9780141979496
  • Category: Great Britain
  • Page: 112
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Richard Abels examines the long and troubled reign of Aethelred II the "Unraed," the "Ill-Advised." It is characteristic of Aethelred's reign that its greatest surviving work of literature, the poem The Battle of Maldon, should be a record of heroic defeat. Perhaps no ruler could have stemmed the encroachment of wave upon wave of Viking raiders, but Aethelred will always be associated with that failure.

William II (Penguin Monarchs)

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William II (Penguin Monarchs)

William II (Penguin Monarchs)

The Red King

  • Author: John Gillingham
  • Publisher: Penguin UK
  • ISBN: 0141978562
  • Category: History
  • Page: 192
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William II (1087-1100), or William Rufus, will always be most famous for his death: killed by an arrow while out hunting, perhaps through accident or perhaps murder. But, as John Gillingham makes clear in this elegant book, as the son and successor to William the Conqueror it was William Rufus who had to establish permanent Norman rule. A ruthless, irascible man, he frequently argued acrimoniously with his older brother Robert over their father's inheritance - but he also handed out effective justice, leaving as his legacy one of the most extraordinary of all medieval buildings, Westminster Hall.

Aethelred the Unready (Penguin Monarchs)

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Aethelred the Unready (Penguin Monarchs)

Aethelred the Unready (Penguin Monarchs)

The Failed King

  • Author: Richard Abels
  • Publisher: Penguin UK
  • ISBN: 014197950X
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Page: 160
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A major new title in the Penguin Monarchs series In his fascinating new book in the Penguin Monarchs series, Richard Abels examines the long and troubled reign of Aethelred II the 'Unraed', the 'Ill-Advised'. It is characteristic of Aethelred's reign that its greatest surviving work of literature, the poem The Battle of Maldon, should be a record of heroic defeat. Perhaps no ruler could have stemmed the encroachment of wave upon wave of Viking raiders, but Aethelred will always be associated with that failure. Richard Abels is Professor Emeritus at the United States Naval Academy. He is the author of Alfred the Great: War, Kingship and Culture in Anglo-Saxon England and Lordship and Military Obligation in Anglo-Saxon England. He is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society.