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The Reign of King Henry VI (Sutton history paperbacks) [Paperback]

Ralph A. Griffiths
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21 May 1998 Sutton history paperbacks
A study of the entire span of Hing Henry VI's reign, from 1422 to 1461, in the SUTTON HISTORY PAPERBACKS series.

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  • Paperback: 1024 pages
  • Publisher: Sutton Publishing Ltd; New edition edition (21 May 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0750916095
  • ISBN-13: 978-0750916097
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 15.8 x 4.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 960,746 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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R.A.Griffiths is Professor of Medieval History at the University of Wales, Swansea. He is an established authority on the later medieval period, and is also the author of 'The Making of the Tudor Dynasty' (Sutton, pb, March 2005) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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King Henry VI is properly one of those kings whose rule is very different to assess.

He was 8 months and 25 days old on his accession to the throne, the youngest monarch ever to accede the English throne to date. He was the only son of the hero King Henry V and his Queen Consort, Katherine of France. In total he ruled for approximately 39 years, a rule troubled by civil and foreign war. His reign was the third longest since the Norman conquest and he came close to being declared a saint. Henry VI was a pious and generous man and a learned man: Eton College in 1440/41 and he founded King's College and Queen's College (named for his wife, Margaret of Anjou), Cambridge. But he lacked the attributes needed for effective kingship. Above all he lacked political sense and was no judge of men. Henry VI died in mysterious circumstances. On 21 May 1471, at the age of 49, he was stabbed to death in the Tower of London.

Anyone who wishes to understand the reign and personality of Henry VI better will have to start from the basis which Professor Griffiths provides. He presented a masterly study, which is quite unparalleled in its informative detail. I feel it is classic re- assessment of the third and last Lancastrian king and it is an essential reading for those interested in the history of fifteenth- century England.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent History 10 Sep 2006
By Evelyn Hoffester - Published on Amazon.com
This is one of the best biographies I have ever read, period. The book is cut up into different sections such as the King's household, court, queen, character, etc. Therefore it doesn't completely go in a consistent timeline, but for research purposes that is actually extremely helpful. The biography goes in-depth better than any other book on Henry VI out there and also holds great information on his wife, Margaret of Anjou, and the many lords who paraded about his court, including the less well-known one's.

I can't say enough good things about this book and it's well worth the money of anyone who loves the English monarchy, the Wars of the Roses, or Henry VI.
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