Journals Higher Education



Published: 28 February 1993

266 Pages | 6 Illustrations, black & white

8.5 x 5.4 inches

ISBN: 9780719035272

Bookseller Code (06)


Chronicles of the Revolution, 1397-1400

The reign of Richard II

Chris Given-Wilson

Published by Manchester University Press

Manchester Medieval Sources MUP

This collection of sources covers one of the most controversial and shocking episodes in medieval English history, the 'tyranny' and deposition of Richard II and the usurpation of the throne by his cousin, Henry Bolingbroke, who became King Henry IV. Contemporaries were sharply divided about the rights and wrongs of both Richard and Henry, and this division is reflected in the texts which form the major part of these sources. All the principal contemporary chronicles are represented in this collection, from the violently partisan Thomas Walsingham, chronicler of St Alban's Abbey who saw Richard as a tyrant and murderer, to the indignant Dieulacres chronicler, who claimed that the 'innocent king' was tricked into surrender by his perjured barons.