The Rise and Fall of the Beauforts: Lineage, Ambition and Obligation 1373-1510

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The Rise and Fall of the Beauforts: Lineage, Ambition and Obligation 1373-1510

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Four bastard children of John of Gaunt and his mistress Katherine Swynford vigorously made their way in the world despite their questionable origin, and when all four were retrospectively declared legitimate they were each set on course for advancement.

Following the coup in 1399 when their half-brother became King Henry IV the Beauforts were placed at the center of government, and for three generations they served the Lancastrian monarchy in its grandiose ambitions, and in its decline to eventual extinction.

The book discusses how the Beauforts took much of the blame for losing first the Hundred Years War for the English and then the Wars of the Roses for the Lancastrians. However, the account also shows the earls and dukes of Somerset and their families acted as a constant, a stabilizing influence in the uncertain times of the fifteenth century.

John Brunton was born in Sunderland and has lived his adult life in London. He has qualifications from four different universities and has research interests in medieval Britain and Europe and the Near East. He owns a business that undertakes historical research for clients all over the world. He also continues to teach History and other subjects in London. He is a historian and researcher specializing in medieval history and the author of a range of textbooks for schools.

ISBN: 9781398103825

ISBN-10: 9781398103825

Publisher: Amberley Publishing

Publication Date: 01/15/2023 - 12:00am

On Sale: 01/15/2023 - 12:00am

Pages: 336

Language: English

Categories

History / Europe / Great Britain / Norman Conquest to Late Medieval (1066-1485)

History / Europe / Great Britain / Tudor & Elizabethan Era (1485-1603)

Biography & Autobiography / Royalty

Biography & Autobiography / Historical

History / Europe / Renaissance