Background reading

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A central theme of this book has been to explore how the lives of its leading characters connect to the events, people, places and ideas of their times. No one exists in a vacuum, and a story without this great tapestry of life woven into it would reveal much less about them. The following publications have provided invaluable background knowledge.


Oxford Dictionary of National Biography,

The History of Parliament Online,

Victoria County History,

Douglas Richardson, Magna Carta Ancestry: A Study in Colonial and Medieval Families, 2nd edition, four volumes (Salt Lake City, 2011)

Boston area

Pishey Thompson, The History and Antiquities of Boston (London, 1856),

E. Hallam, Settlement and Society: A Study of Early Agrarian History of South Lincolnshire (Cambridge, 1965),

Richard Gurnham, The Story of Boston (Stroud, 2014),

Plantagenet era: 1150-1400

Dan Jones, The Plantagenets: The Kings who Made England (2012),

David Carpenter, The Minority of Henry III (Berkeley, 1990),

Timothy Guard, Chivalry, Kingship and Crusade: The English Experience in the Fourteenth Century (Woodbridge, 2013),

Marc Morris, A Great and Terrible King: Edward I and the Forging of Britain (London, 2008),

Michael Prestwich, Edward I (Berkley, 1988),

Ian Mortimer, The Greatest Traitor: The Life of Sir Roger Mortimer, 1st Earl of March (London, 2003),

Ian Mortimer, The Perfect King: The Life of Edward III, Father of the English Nation (London, 2006),

Anthony Goodman and James L. Gillespie (eds), Richard II: The Art of Kingship (Oxford, 1999),

Anthony Goodman, John of Gaunt: The Exercise of Princely Power in Fourteenth-Century Europe (Oxford, 1992),

Lancastrian era: 1400-1460

Gwilym Dodd and Douglas Biggs, Henry IV: The Establishment of the Regime, 1399-1406 (Woodbridge, 2003),

Bryan Bevan, Henry IV (New York, 1994),

Ian Mortimer, The Fears of Henry IV: the Life of England’s Self-Made King (London, 2007),

John Matusiak, Henry V (Oxford, 2013),

Gwilym Dodd (editor), Henry V: New Interpretations (Woodbridge, 2013),

Ian Mortimer, 1415: Henry V’s Year of Glory (L0ndon, 2009),

David Grummit, Henry VI (Oxford, 2015),

Ralph Alan Griffiths, The Reign of King Henry VI: The Exercise of Royal Authority, 1422-1461 (Berkeley, 1981),

War of the Roses and Tudor era: 1460 onwards

Alison Weir, Lancaster and York: The Wars of the Roses (London, 2011),

Thomas Penn, Winter King: The Dawn of Tudor England (2011),