New PDF release: A Visitor's Guide to Jane Austen's England

By Sue Wilkes

Immerse your self within the vanished global inhabited via Austen's contemporaries. jam-packed with aspect, and anecdotes, this is often an intimate exploration of the way the center and higher sessions lived from 1775, the yr of Austen's start, to the coronation of George IV

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This was probably the essential cause of the rupture though it was not till 1469 that a decisive break occurred. The years of crisis, 1469–71 The quarrel with Warwick, however, is not the whole explanation of the troubles that broke upon Edward IV in 1469. His government was increasingly unpopular. His reign, as it went on, seemed to many little better than Henry’s; it was, according to one source, all battles, heavy taxation, and declining trade (Warkworth’s Chronicle, in Dockray 1988:34). In fact, Edward had been reasonably cautious over taxation.

We can also recognize how much Henry V still had to do, were he to become effective ruler of the whole of France. Yet none of this prevented the first 30 years of Henry VI’s reign from seeming a sad anticlimax. By the 1450s, national pride had suffered a succession of blows: the surrender of Maine in 1448, the loss of Normandy in 1450 and the final loss of Bordeaux in 1453. Every version of the complaints put forward by the rebels in 1450 harps on the losses in France; to quote a typical passage: Also the Realm of France, the Duchy of Normandy, Gascony, and Guyennne, Anjou and Maine lost by the same traitors [those who have misadvised Henry VI], and our true lords and knights, squires and good yeomen lost and sold ere they went over the sea, which is great pity and great loss to our sovereign lord and destruction to his realm (Harvey 1991:191).

24 THE EVENTS: WHAT ACTUALLY HAPPENED? Gradually, it emerged that Warwick, who headed numerous embassies in the period, favoured an alliance with France. Edward himself hesitated long, but, perhaps encouraged by the queen’s family, gradually moved towards Burgundy, a move that was to be cemented by the marriage of his sister, Margaret, to Charles the Bold, by then duke, in 1468. Warwick certainly took offence at this turn in foreign policy, and retired temporarily to his estates in the north. This was probably the essential cause of the rupture though it was not till 1469 that a decisive break occurred.

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