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The King's mother : Lady Margaret Beaufort, Countess of Richmond and Derby /
Michael K. Jones and Malcolm G. Underwood.
imprint
Cambridge [England] ; New York : Cambridge University Press, c1992.
description
xv, 322 p., [12] p. of plates : ill., facsims., ports.
ISBN
052134512X
format(s)
Book
Holdings
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imprint
Cambridge [England] ; New York : Cambridge University Press, c1992.
isbn
052134512X
general note
Includes index.
catalogue key
2594121
 
Bibliography: p. 296-313.
A Look Inside
About the Author
Author Affiliation
Michael K. Jones teaches history at Winchester College. Malcolm G. Underwood is Archivist at St John's College, Cambridge.
Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Choice on 1992-11:
An exemplary biography of Margaret Beaufort, thrice married to powerful political players of the 15th century, mother of Henry VII, founder of two Cambridge colleges, and political manipulator par excellence. The book illustrates the precarious power that could be wielded by a woman. It is a valuable contribution to women's history, while it also illuminates the political, religious, and social aspects of a confusing period of English history. The authors, well established authorities on this subject, smoothly integrate a wide range of archival and secondary documents into this sympathetic but objective and engaging biography. The "introduction" is actually a good historiographical essay. Jones and Underwood occasionally draw psychological conclusions that are beyond substantiation. Footnoting and bibliography are superb. Illustrations, genealogical tables, and appendixes are supportive. Advanced undergraduate; graduate. J.J. Butt; James Madison University
Reviews
Review Quotes
' ... a complex portrait, quite unlike the traditional one-dimensional picture of a pious, nun-like benefactress.' The Times
' ... a complex portrait, quite unlike the traditional one-dimensional picture of a pious, nun-like benefactress.'The Times
‘ … a complex portrait, quite unlike the traditional one-dimensional picture of a pious, nun-like benefactress.’The Times
'Jones and Underwood ... have produced a work that stands as a model of its kind. [They] are to be congratulated on a compassionate and sensitive study, which embraces every possible aspect of their subject's life from high politics to intellectual endeavour.' The Ricardian
'Jones and Underwood ... have produced a work that stands as a model of its kind. [They] are to be congratulated on a compassionate and sensitive study, which embraces every possible aspect of their subject's life from high politics to intellectual endeavour.'The Ricardian
‘Jones and Underwood … have produced a work that stands as a model of its kind. [They] are to be congratulated on a compassionate and sensitive study, which embraces every possible aspect of their subject’s life from high politics to intellectual endeavour.’The Ricardian
'[The authors'] diligence has paid handsome dividends, allowing them to draw a rounded and unusually intimate portrait of their subject.' The Times Literary Supplement
'[The authors'] diligence has paid handsome dividends, allowing them to draw a rounded and unusually intimate portrait of their subject.'The Times Literary Supplement
‘[The authors’] diligence has paid handsome dividends, allowing them to draw a rounded and unusually intimate portrait of their subject.’The Times Literary Supplement
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Choice, November 1992
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Summaries
Description for Bookstore
This is a study of the life of Margaret Beaufort, mother of Henry VII and foundress of two Cambridge colleges. It is at once the first biography of Lady Margaret to explore the full range of archival sources, and one of the best-documented studies of any late-medieval woman.
Main Description
This is a study of the life of Margaret Beaufort, mother of Henry VII and foundress of two Cambridge colleges. It is at once the first biography of Lady Margaret to explore the full range of archival sources, and one of the best-documented studies of any late-medieval woman. Lady Margaret's early experiences of the medieval 'marriage market' anticipated the turbulent political world in which she reached maturity. Deeply involved in the Wars of the Roses, and conspirator against Richard III, she was to become the foundress of one of England's greatest ruling dynasties. Her considerable wealth, much of it owed to her son's triumph, was used to finance education at Oxford and Cambridge, and her lasting memorials are the Cambridge colleges of Christ's and St John's. Behind her activities as both politician and benefactress can be discerned a vigorous, sometimes ruthless, but always enterprising personality, which left a deep impression on her contemporaries. This is a biography of unusual character which brings to life an extraordinary personality under a great variety of aspects, illuminating in depth the political, social, ecclesiastical and academic history through the life of one of the most remarkable women of the age.
Main Description
This study of Margaret Beaufort, mother of Henry VII and the founder of two Cambridge colleges is the first biography to explore the full range of archival sources and one of the best-documented studies of any late-medieval woman.
Table of Contents
List of illustrationsp. ix
Prefacep. xi
List of abbreviationsp. xiii
Genealogical tablesp. xvii
The Beauforts
The St Johns
The Zouches
The Welles
The Staffords
The Stanleys
Introductionp. 1
The family backgroundp. 17
The Wars of the Rosesp. 35
The reign of Henry VIIp. 66
The countess and her propertyp. 93
Household lifep. 137
A portrait of the countessp. 171
The countess and the universitiesp. 202
The legacyp. 232
Conclusionp. 251
Appendices
Itinerary of Lady Margaret, 1498-9p. 260
Lady Margaret's estatesp. 262
Officers, servants and scholars in Lady Margaret's household, c. 1499-1509p. 268
Versions of the last will of Lady Margaret in St John's College archivesp. 288
Lady Margaret's arms and sealp. 291
Portraits of Lady Margaretp. 293
Select bibliographyp. 296
Indexp. 314
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