This was short but I did have a roblem with "Lack Of Background Knowledge It Took Up The Story At "of background knowledge It took up the story at level above where I was at I needed the children s version to read first Richard was a spoiled boy who became king when he was only a child He seems to have handled the Peasant s revolt Gender in Fiscal Policies pretty well except that he went back on hisromises and lied to the The Russians Pregnant Mistress peasants At least he got them to go home which may or may not have been a good thing I would have benefited from a chronologically ordered recount of the events If I had known about the subject I would have appreciated the organisation of the book into headings oflace Church City etc This is fine with a few moments when its structure analysing the reign of Richard II through 4 different environmentsconcepts Parliament Battlefield City and Shrine allows for some genuinely brilliant insights It s a bit interesting than a generic Life and Times book but I think it gets in the way of itself The roblem with this book is that it s not for eople who know nothing about the subject but the series is on the whole directed recisely at eople who know nothing about the subject If you do have a basic grasp of the reign all the following is irrelevant I really haven t a clue about medieval Kings The Penguin Monarch King John was brilliant and left me feeling I now had a surface grasp of his reign Laura Ashe s book has me making notes so I could figure out how all of the things she told me fit together Basically the thematic structure is very cool but means this total beginner has no idea what s going on because Ashe tells Us The Outcome Of Things the outcome of things ve not heard about before we know what they are or how we got there Date wise the book flows backward in timeIf Richard II Is as much a mystery to you as to me I ve not even seen the New Perspectives On Criseyde play I recommend reading the chapters in the following order It won t give you a straight chronology but it does give you chapters that each then begin a bit later than the one beforeBattlefield ShrineCityParliament Finally what s with Chester I still don t understand why Chester Post scriptKing who believes in his own majesty and the sanctity of his office raises money for overseas ventures he loses contracts an unpopular marriageisses off the Commons and breaks his word
his Lords Loses crown And there was me thinking we only had one of those My foray into the Penguin Monarchs series of Sharon, Lois and Brams Skinnamarink publications which follow the English crown from the Anglo Saxoneriod through to Elizabeth II which includes contributions from many That Noble Dream popular and knowledgeable scholars of theirarticular studied The Shadows I Followed period of history Laura Ashe is certainly at home with Richard II A short read of just over one hundredages but a book that gets right to the he. Richard II 1377 99 came to the throne as a child following the long domineering martial reign of his grandfather Edward III He suffered from the disastrous combination of a most exalted sense of his own ower and an inability. Art of this short and troubled reign Recommended So far I ve read 4 other biographies in the Penguin Monarch series This one was written rather differently to those It s Secure Location presented not as a historical chronology of Richard IIs reign but rather as a series of themes Parliament Battlefield City and ShrineThe other Penguin Monarch series biographies successfully gave me an overview of the monarch in uestion s life along with interesting details and vignettes into their reign This didn t and so it left me dissapointed as it got bogged down with too many diversions intointeresting but nevertheless tenuously related other topics mainly literary appreciationTheenguin monarch series are by design short overviews limiting themselves to anything between 75 to 150 The Everyday Witch (Beatrice Bailey, pages so they have to be concise if you are going to cover a biography in that restricted space when you arrange it thematically you make it even restricting end result an unsatisfying readNormally with a straight chronologicalresentation of a monarch s reign you get a sense of the erson how they change how they mature how they react to events as they unfold but when you resent a life thematically you get a very narrow view on that one theme you are reading at that moment You rob the the reader of some of the context to be able to understand the events unfolding because of some of the context to be able to understand the events unfolding because are stuck restricted within that theme In addition your contextual understanding is naturally reduced because you won t have read later chapters yet in which they may have illuminated you on something or some event that has gone before and crucial to what you are reading right at that momentIn of themselves the different themes are interesting but I felt they failed to illuminate me with any wider understanding of Richard or his reignFor example uotes from Shakespeare who was writing his Reign of Ash (The Chosen plays nearly 200 years after the reign of Richard is hardly germaine to understanding Richards reign but to understanding how Shakespeare and his generation interpreted it or maybe demonstrating the literary credentials of the authorI found myself getting and irked as I read through this book as it failed to get to theoint of discussing Richard and instead circumvented and circled around interesting but none the less esoteric discussions for example several ages in one of the chapters veer off on a discussion of
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A British Library Manuscript On A 7th Century Anglo Saxon British library manuscript on a 7th century Anglo Saxon Erkenwald The justification as to why this was relevant was tenuous to say the leastSo on the whole I wasn t really very impressed with the way it was written the way it was resented If you want a straightforward concise summary or analysis of the life of Richard II then this book is Fline en Lingerie probably not for you With aarticul. To impress that ower on those closest to the throne Neither trusted nor feared Richard battled with a whole series of failures and emergencies before finally succumbing to a coup imprisonment and murderLaura Ashe's brilliant. .
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hoped for something special from this bookI was disappointedThe main issue is not Laura Ashefor something special from this bookI was disappointedThe main issue is not Laura Ashe subject knowledge clearly immense or even her writing style clear and accessible enough What distracted me and deters me from recommending this without reservation is the approach she took thematic rather than chronologicalThe conseuence of this for a biography is that it is difficult almost impossible to follow the subject s life For someone looking for contextual information for their studies of Shakespeare s lay or as a starting The Scot point for the historicaleriod it is difficult to Spring Snow piece together the factors which may have combined to cause a decisionolicy or event The reader needs to The Greatest Victory produce their own chronological framework which is surely what this book should do before they can start to synthesise their own ideas And if you are interested in the themes and not theerson there are Second Chance Pass (Virgin River, probably much useful books out there given how short and condensed the Penguin Monarch series isOverall whilst it s not one to avoid berepared to be frustrated by the disjointed narrative An opportunity to roduce something really useful has been suandered Yes yet another one I m going to have to go back and reread one day because of my m going to have to go back and reread one day because of my reading Overall good book I find it interesting how Ashe focused so much on literature but when I looked at her author rofile on here I could see why She really loves literary analysis Part of me wishes this was about his actual life and eventual deposition but I also liked that it focused elsewhere since that s a story that s been told a lot Gives the basics but somewhat rambling and unfocused Most titles in the Penguin Monarchs series At the Wolfs Table provide an introduction to an individual monarch s life and reign but this short biography of Richard II is best enjoyed by readers already familiar with the key events andeople of the time A Family Scandal period or at least have seen aerformance of Shakespeare s Richard II Ashe adopts a strictly thematic approach analyzing Richard II s reign through the lens of Ruthless Game (GhostWalkers, parliament church battlefield and London The literary culture of the time and Shakespeare s time is woven into the text with extensive uotations fromrimary sources Lauren Ashe s Richard II A Brittle Glory is a slim volume 105 The Perfect Weapon pages not counting notes and further reading that explores the reign of Richard II through thematic analysis based around four locationsarliament the battlefield city and shrine First up I should say that this is not a strict biography of Richard II If you re looking for a chronological exploration of his life and reign you ll Psychic Protection probably be disappointed or if you re Account of his reign emphasizes the strange gap between Richard'sersonal incapacity and the amazing cultural legacy of his reign from the Wilton Diptych to Sir Gawain and the Green Knight Piers Plowman and The Canterbury Tal.