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    A J Pollard(Author)

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In 1461 Edward earl of March, an able, handsome, and charming eighteen-year old, usurped the English throne from his feeble Lancastrian predecessor Henry VI. Ten years on, following outbreaks of civil conflict that culminated in him losing, then regaining the crown, he had finally secured his kingdom. The years that followed witnessed a period of rule that has been described as a golden age: a time of peace and economic and industrial expansion, which saw the establishment of a style of monarchy that the Tudors would later develop. Yet, argues A. J. Pollard, Edward, who was drawn to a life of sexual and epicurean excess, was a man of limited vision, his reign remaining to the very end the narrow rule of a victorious faction in civil war. Ultimately, his failure was dynastic: barely two months after his death in April 1483, the throne was usurped by Edward's youngest brother, Richard III.

Anthony James Pollard is a British medieval historian, specialising in the fifteenth century and in particular the Wars of the Roses. A leading authority in the field, he is profesor emeritus of Teesside University. His books include North-Eastern England during the Wars of the Roses, Richard III and the Princes in theTower, Imagining Robin Hood: the Late Medieval Stories in Historical Context and Warwick the kingmaker: Politics, Power and Fame.

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  • PDF | 160 pages
  • A J Pollard(Author)
  • Allen Lane; UK ed. edition (28 July 2016)
  • English
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  • Biography

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  • By Mr Tim Cole on 18 May 2017

    This latest book from the Penguin Monarchs series focuses upon King Edward IV and his tumultuous reign of the late fifteenth century. This little gem of a book focuses upon Edward's undoubted military prowess which won him the throne of England in 1461 when just 19 years old! and helped him keep it for nearly two decades. Yet, his extravagance and lust for unsuitable woman also were part of his eventual undoing. His unpopular marriage to the Lancastrian widow Lady Elizabeth Grey proved deeply unpopular and resulted in a potentially divisive feud with his chief advisor Edward, Lord Warwick. In 1470 Warwick deposed Edward and had him briefly imprisoned as he intended that Edward's younger brother George Duke of Clarence would take the throne! Fortunately, for Edward this plan backfired and he escaped to the continent. He regrouped and returned in 1471 regaining his throne after defeating and killing Warwick at the decisive battle of Barnet! Edward had won another glorious battle and he now ruled his kingdom unopposed. Yet vicious infighting imploded the Yorkist dynasty and witnessed a series of dangerous family conflicts which weakened the throne. Nevertheless,Edward was a popular king who reinforced law and order and brought much needed stability to his war torn kingdom. Yet, suddenly in 1483 Edward suffered a violent fever and died suddenly at the age of just 41. His heir, Edward of March was just 12 and thus a minor. This meant a certain restarting of the deadly Wars of the Roses which had killed so many people already.! and threatened further instability in war ravaged England. Veteran fifteenth century historian, AJ Pollard has carefully reconstructed the events and weaves a sparkling narrative of these troubled years. He simplifies a confusing era and gives us a true assessment, warts and all, of Edward's character.I urge you to go and order your copy from Amazon now you will not be disappointed!.

  • By ian callander on 3 October 2016

    I really enjoyed reading this book and would recommend it to anyone who is interested in finding out about Edward IV or is looking to reacquaint themselves with one of England's most charismatic kings without wading through hundreds or even thousands of pages of prose which describe his life and reign in minute detail. If you are looking for that level of detail this is not the book for you and I would suggest you look elsewhere. My understanding is that the purpose of the Penguin Monarchs Series is to provide, introductions, sketches or overviews of their subjects and also point readers to other related works for further reading. If this is the case, I think that the author has more than fulfilled his 'brief'. In just over one hundred pages of text Professor Pollard clearly and concisely outlines and explains Edward's life, from his emergence onto the national political scene through to the failure of his dynasty. There may be much to admire about Edward, but there is also much of his behaviour, his actions and inactions, that justify criticism - the author does so in a measured and balanced manner, without pulling his punches.

  • By Merryman on 19 February 2017

    The book came in good time and was in excellent condition. No problems encountered. Many thanks.

  • By Robert G. Carroon on 25 September 2016

    A bit briefer than I expected but covered the subject. The Biography of Henry V in the same series was better.


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