By A. K. Gundy
The reign of Richard II and the conditions of his deposition have lengthy been topic to excessive debate. This new interpretation of the politics of the late-fourteenth century bargains an in-depth survey of Richard's reign from the point of view of 1 of the major nobles who got here to oppose him, Thomas Beauchamp, the Appellant Earl of Warwick. this is often the 1st full-length research of 1 of Richard II's rivals to discover not just why the Earl rebelled opposed to the King, but additionally why Richard misplaced his throne. instead of delivering the conventional clarification of a topic grown too effective, Alison Gundy units Warwick's rule within the context of the political and constitutional framework of the interval. The interaction of neighborhood and nationwide occasions is helping to bare Warwick's factors as a long-serving member of the the Aristocracy confronted with a king made up our minds to rule in a fashion contradictory to modern political constructions.
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Whilst any sensible monarch would ensure that effective local rule was carried out by appointing the dominant lord and his affinity to local office as conduits of royal power, this did not mean that they could act as they pleased. 83 However, new work on the relationship between the public processes of the law and the more private aspects of dispute resolution has cast doubt on the picture of inherently disordered localities. By their very nature, legal records show only the violent side of any society.
55–60. 42–74. 112 Clearly, this has implications for the necessity or otherwise of a royal affinity, which, together with the fluctuating role of the JPs, will form an important theme of this book, and will be discussed more fully in the context of the politics of the West Midlands. If work on the fourteenth-century JPs has exaggerated the extent of devolution and local control until very recently, what are we to make of the local studies for this period contrary to much work on the fifteenth century but in accord with some of the fifteenth-century studies that suggest that the gentry’s cumulative landed and judicial powers meant that they needed the nobility less than the nobility needed them, and that their local influence was therefore ripe for tapping by the king?
His deposition was only the second occasion on which a monarch had been removed from power. When deposition was first contemplated in 1387, the Appellants were confronted with the fact that Richard had no son and no other heir with whom he could be replaced and who would be acceptable to all. 22–3. 120 Tyldesley, ‘Crown and Local Communities’, pp. 166–7. 180. 14–15. V. 10–11, 17–18. 30 Introductio was viewed as a last resort rather than a convenient method of getting rid of an unpopular king, then it follows that Richard’s rule was perceived to be a very real threat to the realm.
Richard II and the Rebel Earl by A. K. Gundy