Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Richard IIManhood, Youth, and Politics 1377-99$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

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

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.oxfordscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Oxford University Press, 2019. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in OSO for personal use. date: 23 October 2019

Majesty and Restriction, 1390–92

Majesty and Restriction, 1390–92

Chapter:
(p.192) 10 Majesty and Restriction, 1390–92
Source:
Richard II
Author(s):

Christopher Fletcher

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199546916.003.0010

This chapter reconsiders the political culture of the early 1390s, seeking to understand how Richard II's continuing restriction by unusual conciliar mechanisms was reconciled with a new insistence on his status as a king and as a man, seen in household expenditure, formal ceremonial, and the form of public address. It argues that the elaboration of Richard's kingship and manhood was symptomatic of a profound ambivalence concerning his role. The king's acknowledged centrality coexisted with unusual restraints on his freedom of action, and the focus on Richard's formal authority and continuing youth were used to freight messages about how he ought to behave. At the same time, this chapter draws attention to the way in which the formal recognition of the king's authority nonetheless did lead to his gradual accumulation of practical power, gathering pace from around 1392 with events such as the king's reception by the city of London.

Keywords:   political culture, kingship, Richard II, manhood, youth, conciliar mechanisms, status, ceremonial, authority, power

Oxford Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .