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England’s Empty Throne: Usurpation and the Language of Legitimation, 1399-1422

Strohm, Paul (Fellow, 1996-97)

New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 1998

From the publisher's description:

After the dethronement and subsequent murder of Richard II, the usurping Lancastrian dynasty faced an exceptional challenge. Interrupting a long period of Plantagenet rule, Henry IV and Henry V needed not only to establish physical possession of the English throne, but to occupy it symbolically as well. In this boldly revisionary book, Paul Strohm provides a new account of the Lancastrian revolution and its aftermath. Integrating techniques of literary and historical analysis, he explores the new dynasty`s quest for legitimacy and the importance of symbolic activity to the making of kingship.


Subjects: History;; Lollardy; Monarchs; Kingship; Usurpation; English History; Monarchy