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.

General

Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, www.oxforddnb.com

The History of Parliament Online, www.historyofparliamentonline.org

Victoria County History, www.british-history.ac.uk

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), books.google.co.uk/books?id=ZY0NAAAAIAAJ

E. Hallam, Settlement and Society: A Study of Early Agrarian History of South Lincolnshire (Cambridge, 1965), books.google.co.uk/books?id=oAw9AAAAIAAJ

Richard Gurnham, The Story of Boston (Stroud, 2014), books.google.co.uk/books?id=VhI7AwAAQBAJ

Plantagenet era: 1150-1400

Dan Jones, The Plantagenets: The Kings who Made England (2012), books.google.co.uk/books?id=u_BNuwAACAAJ

David Carpenter, The Minority of Henry III (Berkeley, 1990), books.google.co.uk/books?id=93nNNQUyFwAC

Timothy Guard, Chivalry, Kingship and Crusade: The English Experience in the Fourteenth Century (Woodbridge, 2013), books.google.co.uk/books?id=CDtqs5pmSdoC

Marc Morris, A Great and Terrible King: Edward I and the Forging of Britain (London, 2008), books.google.co.uk/books?id=qseJsnx-lykC

Michael Prestwich, Edward I (Berkley, 1988), https://books.google.co.uk/books?id=Vp2r3xyaDaEC

Ian Mortimer, The Greatest Traitor: The Life of Sir Roger Mortimer, 1st Earl of March (London, 2003), books.google.co.uk/books?id=KoM9FxPPvVsC

Ian Mortimer, The Perfect King: The Life of Edward III, Father of the English Nation (London, 2006), books.google.co.uk/books?id=6AHZ30u5DKgC

Anthony Goodman and James L. Gillespie (eds), Richard II: The Art of Kingship (Oxford, 1999), books.google.co.uk/books?id=nLbAoxCCt8YC

Anthony Goodman, John of Gaunt: The Exercise of Princely Power in Fourteenth-Century Europe (Oxford, 1992), books.google.co.uk/books?id=_HXJAwAAQBAJ

Lancastrian era: 1400-1460

Gwilym Dodd and Douglas Biggs, Henry IV: The Establishment of the Regime, 1399-1406 (Woodbridge, 2003), books.google.co.uk/books?id=7bDbkWMV5TQC

Bryan Bevan, Henry IV (New York, 1994), books.google.co.uk/books?id=wsjq_H5uCagC

Ian Mortimer, The Fears of Henry IV: the Life of England’s Self-Made King (London, 2007), books.google.co.uk/books?id=d_8WAQAAIAAJ

John Matusiak, Henry V (Oxford, 2013), books.google.co.uk/books?id=Ty2_TcbwAX4C

Gwilym Dodd (editor), Henry V: New Interpretations (Woodbridge, 2013), books.google.co.uk/books?id=w_X5UBOTaI0C

Ian Mortimer, 1415: Henry V’s Year of Glory (L0ndon, 2009), books.google.co.uk/books?id=SPW5xwL9XwMC

David Grummit, Henry VI (Oxford, 2015), books.google.co.uk/books?id=aOcjCQAAQBAJ

Ralph Alan Griffiths, The Reign of King Henry VI: The Exercise of Royal Authority, 1422-1461 (Berkeley, 1981), books.google.co.uk/books?id=frWDmbf_mXEC

War of the Roses and Tudor era: 1460 onwards

Alison Weir, Lancaster and York: The Wars of the Roses (London, 2011), books.google.co.uk/books?id=isN2jgYtHRcC

Thomas Penn, Winter King: The Dawn of Tudor England (2011), books.google.co.uk/books?id=b3rUqCR3D-QC

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