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Richard II: Manhood, Youth, and Politics 1377-99

Christopher Fletcher


Richard II (1377-99) has long suffered from an unusually unmanly reputation. He has been associated with lavish courtly expenditure, absolutist ideas, Francophile tendencies, and a love of peace habitually linked to the king's physical effeminacy. Even sympathetic accounts of his reign have only dismissed particular facets of this picture, or reinterpreted it as yielding evidence of praiseworthy dissent from accepted norms of masculinity. This book takes a different tack. It does so by putting the politics of Richard's reign back in the context of contemporary assumptions about the nature of m ... More

Keywords: reputation, masculinity, effeminacy, manhood, youth, honour, politics, government

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780199546916
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2009 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199546916.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Christopher Fletcher, author
Drapers' Research Fellow, Pembroke College, Cambridge