The Theory and Practice of Revolt in Medieval England

The Theory and Practice of Revolt in Medieval England

Claire Valente


Medieval Englishmen have been treacherous, rebellious and killed their kings, as their French contemporaries many times famous. within the 13th via 15th centuries, ten kings confronted critical uprising, during which 8 have been captured, deposed, and/or murdered. another king escaped open rebellion yet encountered lively resistance. during this booklet, Professor Valente argues that the crises of the 13th and fourteenth centuries have been crucibles for swap; and their exam is helping us to appreciate medieval political tradition mostly and key advancements in later medieval England particularly. the idea and perform of insurrection takes a comparative examine those crises, looking to comprehend medieval rules of right kingship and executive, the position of political violence and the altering nature of reform tasks and the rebellions to which they led. It argues that uprising used to be an accredited and to a undeniable volume valid capacity to revive sturdy kingship through the interval, yet that over the years it turned more and more divorced from reform goals, that have been chuffed through different ability, and reworked through starting to be lordly dominance, vanity, and selfishness. finally the culture of valid insurrection disappeared, to get replaced by means of either parliament and dynastic civil struggle. therefore, at the one hand, improvement of parliament, itself an outgrowth of political crises, diminished the necessity for and legitimacy of main issue reform. however, while crises did come up, the assumption and perform of the group of the world, so brilliant within the 13th century, broke down lower than the pressures of latest political and socio-economic realities. via exploring violence and ideas of presidency over an extended interval than is generally the case, this paintings makes an attempt to appreciate medieval conceptions all alone phrases instead of in regards to fashionable assumptions and to exploit comparability as a way of explaining occasions, principles, and advancements.

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