John of Gaunt: King of Castile and Leon, Duke of Aquitaine and Lancaster

John of Gaunt King of Castile and Leon Duke of Aquitaine and Lancaster Old John Gaunt time honoured Lancaster What name on the roll of English princes is familiar What actor in the great drama of English history has been watched with less attention Two striking episodes

  • Title: John of Gaunt: King of Castile and Leon, Duke of Aquitaine and Lancaster
  • Author: Sydney Armitage-Smith
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 465
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Old John Gaunt, time honoured Lancaster What name on the roll of English princes is familiar What actor in the great drama of English history has been watched with less attention Two striking episodes in the Duke s history have been related again and again, and from all points of view The defence of John Wycliffe and the attack on Sir Peter de la Mare and Willi Old John Gaunt, time honoured Lancaster What name on the roll of English princes is familiar What actor in the great drama of English history has been watched with less attention Two striking episodes in the Duke s history have been related again and again, and from all points of view The defence of John Wycliffe and the attack on Sir Peter de la Mare and William of Wykeham these are the communes of the history of the Church and of the Constitution But for the rest, the Duke makes his exits and his entrances, but it is upon the other players in the piece that the audience fix their attention His strong and persistent craving for continental royalty, the keynote to his character, has been strangely neglected The man has never yet lived and moved among the historic figures of his age or nation Old John of Gaunt, and gaunt in being old the words have fixed in our minds the idea of a feudal magnate, the venerable uncle of a young and spendthrift king, but with Richard II, who asks Can sick men play so nicely with their names we do not listen, but go on our way and leave him Yet, however inadequately conceived, the figure of John of Gaunt, which filled so large a place in the story of his times, has appealed to our imagination Though the man is almost a stranger to us, his name is a household word Traces of his doings are met with on every side, for he seems to have been everywhere and to have attempted everything This classic biography of John Gaunt is organized as follows Introduction I Birth of John of Gaunt II The First Campaign III The Invasion of Castile IV The Outbreak of War V The Naval Question VI The Good Parliament VII The Last Parliament of Edward III Trial of Wycliffe Quarrel With the City VIII Lancaster and the Church IX Death of Edward Iii X The Lancastrian Estates XI Lancaster Returns to Power XII Parliament and the King of Castile XIII The Second Invasion of Castile XIV John of Gaunt the Peacemaker XV The Duchy of Aquitaine XVI Lancaster s Third Marriage

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    1. I'm wavering between three and four stars. Very informative read - particularly where battles were concerned. Unfortunately that aspect of the middle ages is not as interesting to me.Full review to come, this complimentary copy was sent to me by the publisher, Endeavour Press.++++++allthebookblognamesaretaken.blfacebook/AllTheBookBlogNamesAitter/SarahsBookNookI received a copy of this text for free directly from the publisher, Endeavour Press, in exchange for an honest review.I am wavering back [...]

    2. For some reason John of Gaunt, Duke of Lancaster has intrigued me, and although when he was first born, I’m sure most people didn’t give him much more than a passing glance since he was the fourth son of Edward III and the third to reach adulthood. Little did anyone know that although he would never be king, but not for lack of trying, his son and two of his daughters would be king and queens of England, Portugal, and Spain. John may also be known for the number of children he had with his t [...]

    3. It is what it is: a solid biography of John of Gaunt for the time (1904) covering all the major events. A worthy starting point and addition to any library despite the age of the tome.

    4. An informative book of John of Gaunt, brother of Edward - later Edward III, and son of Edward II. Who, like Thomas Cromwell during the reign of King Henry VIII was the "power behind the throne", but unlike Cromwell, who did all he could to aid Henry, John was forever trying to undermine his nephew Richard IIwho succeded his father.As ever with people like John, he was finally defeated.This account of the maschinations that went on during this tubulent time is a fascinating one and worthy of a pl [...]

    5. John of Gaunt was someone who, as a history buff, I have heard about numerous times but have never really known about. This book was a detailed look at his life. It provided many facts about him and his family while not bogging down or feeling too slow (as fact ladened history books can).**I received a copy from Netgalley and the publisher in exchange for a review**

    6. The language of the book, like his name, Sydney Armitage-Smith, is very old-fashioned but in that elegant, finished kind of way. And unlike books of today, Armitage-Smith assumes that we all know how to read Latin and French. So none of the many quotations are translated. Fortunately, google translate does a reasonable job of translating these days. Despite or because of the language, Sydney Armitage-Smith brings John Gaunt to life with all his faults, his touchiness, and his strength of charact [...]

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