The Hollow Crown, TheThe, Paperback Book
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There is no more haunting, compelling period in Britain's history than the later middle ages.

The extraordinary kings - Edward III and Henry V, the great warriors, Richard II and Henry VI, tragic inadequates killed by their failure to use their power, and Richard III, the demon king.

The extraordinary events - the Black Death that destroyed a third of the population, the Peasants' Revolt, the Wars of the Roses, the Battle of Agincourt.

The extraordinary artistic achievements - the great churches, castles and tombs that still dominate the landscape, the birth of the English language in The Canterbury Tales.

For the first time in a generation, a historian has had the vision and confidence to write a spell-binding account of the era immortalised by Shakespeare's history plays.

The Hollow Crown brilliantly brings to life for the reader a world we have long lost - a strange, Catholic, rural country of monks, peasants, knights and merchants, almost perpetually at war - but continues to define so much of England's national myth.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: British & Irish history
  • ISBN: 9780140148251



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This is an ambitious historical overview of late medieval England, and as so often is the case, a number of topics are touched upon but little is explored with any depth. The tumultuous political history of this period (complete with deposed monarchs, usurping queens, murdered princes, shifting loyalties, and plenty of warfare) is considered alongside the social and cultural aspects of the age. The Black Death ravaged the population in the earlier part of this period and by the end, printed books were beginning to appear in England. While this book is a good introduction to late medieval England, readers more familiar with the period will likely find a lot missing and will crave more detail than this overview can provide.

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