Helen Carr: The Red Prince: The Life of John of Gaunt, the Duke of Lancaster
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Vividly evoking all the political turmoil of fourteenth-century England and Europe, Carr traces the life and character of John of Gaunt, the brother of The Black Prince and father to Henry IV, in this utterly compelling work of narrative history.
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Synopsis: John of Gaunt was son of Edward III, brother to the Black Prince, father to Henry IV and the forefather of the Tudors. His character and motivations have been hotly disputed: supposed usurper of Richard II’s crown and a focus of hatred throughout the latter part of the fourteenth century, culminating in the dramatic Peasants’ Revolt and the torching of his home, the Savoy Palace.
Helen Carr paints a complex portrait of a man who held the levers of power on the English and European stage, passionately upheld chivalric values, patronised early religious reform and supported a renaissance in art and literature in England …inspiring Shakespeare to characterise Gaunt in Richard II, in giving the most beautiful oration on England (‘this sceptred isle… this blessed plot’).
An engrossing drama of political machinations, violence, romance and tragedy played out at the cusp of a new era.
Author: Helen Carr
Title: The Red Prince: The Life of John of Gaunt, the Duke of Lancaster
Publisher: Oneworld Publications
Original Publication Date: Oct, 2021
This Edition Published: 2021