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The Politics of Magnate PowerEngland and Wales 1389-1413$
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Alastair Dunn

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780199263103

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199263103.001.0001

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The English Magnates and the Tyranny of Richard II, 1397–1399

The English Magnates and the Tyranny of Richard II, 1397–1399

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The Politics of Magnate Power


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This chapter reappraises the events of Richard II's tyranny and fall through a detailed analysis of the financial and administrative records of confiscated inheritance. It examines in detail the major transfers of land resulting from the forfeitures and confiscations of 1397-1399, and how these failed to enhance Richard II's security. The chapter illustrates how the dependants of the victims of Richard II, especially the dependants and heirs to the great inheritances of Lancaster, Arundel, and Warwick were able to mobilise their affinities to overthrow him in 1399. It also shows how the great northern lords such as Neville and Percy turned against Richard II, and allied themselves with his victims, perhaps fearing a threat to their own regional power.

Keywords:   Lancaster, Arundel, Percy, Neville, Warwick

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