It little profits that an idle king, By this still hearth, among these barren crags, Match’d with an aged wife, I mete and dole Unequal laws unto a savage race, That hoard, and sleep, and feed, and know not me… Tennyson


The hollow crown : a history of Britain in the late Middle Ages New York : Penguin Books, 2005 Miri Rubin Great Britain History Lancaster and York, 1399-1485 Book. xx, 379 p., [16] p. of plates : ill. (some col.), maps ; 24 cm.     Includes bibliographical references (p. 325-353) and index. Clean, tight and strong binding. No highlighting, underlining or marginalia in text.  VG  

The extraordinary world so brilliantly re-created in The Hollow Crown was a turbulent and dangerous one. England was racked by famine, rebellion, civil war, and plague — with the descent of the Black Death and the horrific, ultimately futile bloodbath of the Hundred Years War — and yet, despite the turmoil, this period left a magnificent artistic and literary legacy, creating a recognizable spoken and written form of the English language.

Ranging from peasant to king, from field to fortress — including the events that are part of the modern world’s collective imagination, not least through Shakespeare’s history plays — The Hollow Crown brings the texture of late medieval England to life.

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