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Shadow King: The Life and Death of Henry VI

Shadow King: The Life and Death of Henry VI

A new account of the tragic life and troubled times of Henry VI, who inherited the crowns of both England and France and lost both, in the course of a life blighted by mental illness and bloody civil war.

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ISBN 9781784979638
Barcode 9781784979638
Release Date 1 May 2019 by Head of Zeus
Format Hardback
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Author(s) By Johnson, Lauren
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ISBN-13 9781784979638
ISBN-10 1784979635
Stock Release date is 1 May 2019
Status Available for pre-order, ships once released
Publisher Head of Zeus
Imprint Head of Zeus
Release Date 1 May 2019
International Publication Date 7 March 2019
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Hardback
Author(s) By Johnson, Lauren
Category Biography & Autobiography: Historical, Political & Military
Biography & Autobiography: Royalty
World History: C 500 To C 1500
Number of Pages 736
Dimensions Width: 153mm
Height: 234mm
Weight Not specified - defaults to 1,000g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress England - Biography - Kings and rulers, Great Britain - History - Henry VI, 1422-1461
NBS Text Biography: Historical, Political & Military
ONIX Text General/trade
Dewey Code 942.043092
Catalogue Code 978777

Description of this Book

First-born son of a warrior father who defeated the French at Agincourt, Henry VI of the House Lancaster inherited the crown not only of England but also of France, at a time when Plantagenet dominance over the Valois dynasty was at its glorious height. And yet, by the time he was done to death in the Tower of London in 1471, France was lost, his throne had been seized by his rival, Edward IV of the House of York, and his kingdom had descended into the violent chaos of the Wars of the Roses. Henry VI is perhaps the most troubled of English monarchs, a pious, gentle, well-intentioned man who was plagued by bouts of mental illness. In Shadow King, Lauren Johnson tells his remarkable and sometimes shocking story in a fast-paced and colourful narrative that captures both the poignancy of Henry's life and the tumultuous and bloody nature of the times in which he lived.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review PRAISE FOR LAUREN JOHNSON: 'This is a gripping and important work from a very talented new writer' Dan Jones, on So Great a Prince. 'The political narrative is crisp ... An assured an eye-opening introduction to the England of 1409' TLS. 'Johnson is a fine historian. She will be at the forefront of British historical writing for a long time to come' Mathew Lyons.
UK Review Bertrams Star Rating: 2 stars (out of 5)

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Author's Bio

Lauren Johnson is a historian and costumed interpreter with a first-class degree from Oxford University. She is the author of a novel, The Arrow of Sherwood (2013) and So Great a Prince (2016), a study of the accession of King Henry VIII. www.lauren-johnson.com

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