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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 (Hardback)

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Synopsis

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 centre 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 stabilising influence in the uncertain times of the fifteenth century.

History & PoliticsHistory: ChronologicalEarly history: c 500 to c 1450-1500Medieval historyHistory & PoliticsHistory: ChronologicalEarly modern history: c 1450-1500 to c 1700 Publisher: Amberley Publishing Publication Date: 15/09/2022 ISBN-13: 9781398103825  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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John Brunton is a historian and researcher specialising in medieval history and the author of a range of textbooks for schools.

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