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Richard IIManhood, Youth, and Politics 1377-99$
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Christopher Fletcher

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780199546916

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199546916.001.0001

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The Drift to Power, c.1390–97

The Drift to Power, c.1390–97

(p.221) 11 The Drift to Power, c.1390–97
Richard II

Christopher Fletcher

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the process by which the settlement put in place in 1388-90 slowly came apart in the mid-1390s, as Richard II used his acknowledged status as king and man to reassert his authority. It examines how the king used his position to entertain the grievances of those dissatisfied with the existing balance of power, for example in Gascony and in the English localities. It considers how Richard was subsequently able to re-perform a series of rites of passage which had failed to establish his manhood in his teens, notably with his expedition to Ireland and with his second marriage, to Isabel of France. By 1397 the king had established his adult power on a reasonably secure basis; it only remained to be seen whether he would use his position to preserve the status quo, or to pursue manly revenge against those who had defied him in 1386-8.

Keywords:   Richard II, Gascony, localities, manhood, rites of passage, Ireland, Isabel of France, revenge

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