Chronicles of the Revolution, 1397–1400

The reign of Richard II

Translated by Chris Given-Wilson

Chronicles of the Revolution, 1397–1400

Book Information

  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN: 978-0-7190-3527-2
  • Pages: 266
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £16.99
  • Published Date: February 1993
  • BIC Category: Humanities / Medieval history, Literature & literary studies / Literary studies: classical, early & medieval, HISTORY / Europe / Great Britain, LITERARY CRITICISM / Medieval, CE period up to c 1500, European history, History & Archaeology, United Kingdom, Great Britain, History, Medieval History
  • Series: Manchester Medieval Sources


This collection of sources covers one of the most controversial and shocking episodes in medieval English history, the 'tyranny' and deposition of Richard II and the usurpation of the throne by his cousin, Henry Bolingbroke, who became King Henry IV. Contemporaries were sharply divided about the rights and wrongs of both Richard and Henry, and this division is reflected in the texts which form the major part of these sources. All the principal contemporary chronicles are represented in this collection, from the violently partisan Thomas Walsingham, chronicler of St Alban's Abbey who saw Richard as a tyrant and murderer, to the indignant Dieulacres chronicler, who claimed that the 'innocent king' was tricked into surrender by his perjured barons.


Pat one: July 1397 to May 1399
Part two: June to September 1399
Part three: October 1399 to February 1400
Appendix A: The Duke of York's army, July 1399
Appendix B: Bollingbroke's army in 1399

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