Richard, Duke of York: King by Right

Richard, Duke of York: King by Right

by Matthew Lewis

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Overview

Richard, 3rd Duke of York is frequently used to recall the colours of the rainbow with the mnemonic ‘Richard Of York Gave Battle In Vain’, wrongly believed to be the Grand Old Duke of York who had 10,000 men, or mistaken for his youngest son, Richard III.The son of a traitor, he inherited a dukedom aged four, became the wealthiest man in England at thirteen and later rebelled against his king, and if he is remembered, it is as a man who ignited the Wars of the Roses. Further eclipsed by two of his sons, who would become the mighty warrior Edward IV and the recently rediscovered Richard III, he is an ancestor of the Tudor monarchs and fifteenth great-grandfather to Queen Elizabeth II, yet the man himself is obscured from view.Matthew Lewis pushes aside the veils of myth and legend to challenge the image of Richard as a man whose insatiable ambition dragged a nation into civil war, revealing a complex family man with unparalleled power and responsibilities. The first person ever recorded to use the Plantagenet name, he pushed the political establishment to its limits, dared to fight back and was forced to do the unimaginable.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781445672038
Publisher: Amberley Publishing
Publication date: 12/01/2017
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 810,298
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.70(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Matthew Lewis is an author and historian with particular interest in the medieval period. His books include a history of the Wars of the Roses, a biography of Richard, 3rd Duke of York, and two novels of historical fiction telling the life of King Richard III and the aftermath of the Battle of Bosworth. He also writes a history blog, sharing thoughts and snippets. He can be found on Twitter @MattLewisAuthor.

Table of Contents

Maps and Genealogical Tables 7

Introduction 14

Prologue 16

1 The House of York 19

2 The First Sons of York 24

3 Orphaned to Power 38

4 One King, Two Kingdoms 43

5 One Kingdom, Two Kings 50

6 Taking Livery 54

7 Band of Brothers 60

8 Homeward Bound 70

9 A Pawn in the Game 77

10 A Son of York 88

11 The Opening of a Wound 91

12 The King's Marriage 100

13 York's Bid for a Crown 106

14 The Death of the Duke 124

15 Irish Exile 133

16 War and Peace 151

17 Cade's Rebellion 169

18 The Return to England 179

19 The Road to Dart-ford 198

20 Lost Promise 214

21 The Lord Protector 231

22 The Battles Begin 247

23 The Love Day 270

24 The Die Is Cast 281

25 A Throne for York 292

Epilogue 310

About the Author 316

Index 317

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