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The Reign of King Henry VI (Sutton History Paperbacks) Paperback – 21 May 1998
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About the Author
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 alternate Paperback edition.
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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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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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