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Richard II

Jacob Abbott

Book Overview: 

Chronicles the life of Richard II, born in 1367 in Bordeaux, France, who later wore the crown of King of England.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .n this castle she afterward lived nearly thirty years, in lonely misery, and then died.

Mortimer's Hole.

The adjoining engraving represents a near view of the subterranean passage by which Lord Montacute and his party gained admission to the castle of Nottingham. It is known in modern times as Mortimer's Hole.

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MORTIMER'S HOLE.

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Chapter III. The Black Prince.

A.D. 1336-1346

Parentage of the Black Prince, Richard's father.

The father of King Richard the Second was a celebrated Prince of Wales, known in history as the Black Prince. The Black Prince, as his title Prince of Wales implies, was the oldest son of the King of England. His father was Edward the Third. The Black Prince was, of course, heir to the crown, and he would have been king had it not happened that he died before his father. Consequently, when at last his father, King Edward, died, Richard, who was the o. . . Read More

Community Reviews

A very good history lesson

Within this book, you get a history lesson. This book is about King Richard II and so much more. He gives an in-depth account of the Wat's Tyler insurrection of 1381. This event almost plunged England into civil war. You learn that he adored his first wife Anne and cherishe

so so history

Pretty general and superficial. Ok for beginners. There are better books done by scholars since this one was written .

Richard the Second doesn't get much fanfare in history or even here in Abbott's account. He has some remarkable moments but ends up appearing as such a self-absorbed and self-serving monarch that it becomes easy to appreciate the endless intrigues and uprisings against him. His early life held such

When I first started reading this book, I felt like it was being written to a child and upon further investigation, I discovered that the author did indeed write a number of children’s books. Unfortunately this was not one of them although it could be catalogued as such. It should also be catalogued

In contrast to his grandfather, Richard cultivated a refined atmosphere at court, in which the king was an elevated figure, with art and culture at its centre.

The king's dependence on a small number of courtiers caused discontent among the influential, and in 1387 control of government was taken ove

An excellent introduction the Plantagenets and the mediaeval period in general with only half of the book discussing Richard II. However, the forgoing material does serve to give context to Richard's life and I feel makes a big difference to the way he is often perceived by history.

This book is exce

Should have been called History From Edward I to the Black Prince, Then Richard II About Halfway In, Then My Thoughts On Class Structure and Social Order, Then My Crush on Queen Anne, With a Lot of Knights Talking. Fun to read, though!

First Read in April 2012.

Enjoyable little book that barely has Richard II in it. This is of a species of British readers on British monarchs, because that's how they used to understand their history, and it's good enough for what it does.

The chapters on Wat Tyler are better than some histories on the subject, worse than oth