Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Critics of Kingship in Late Fourteenth and Early Fifteenth Century England
by McCullagh, John, M.A., The University of Akron, 2005, 91; 10805880
Abstract (Summary)

This study looks at criticisms of kingship found in the chronicles of Adam Usk and Thomas Walsingham, which date from the late fourteenth and early fifteenth centuries in England. It explores the similarities between these two critiques of kingship, exploring the king's duties to society. Both authors agreed that the king did not have absolute power, but had to rule with the help and advice of the nobility. If a monarch acted in a tyrannical way then the nobility had a legitimate right to curb the monarch's power. However, the king also had responsibilities to the poor and the church. A monarch who oppressed the church or the poor would suffer divine pumishment. Both authors agreed that a monarch who failed in their duties to society would suffer accordingly.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Bouchard, Constance
School: The University of Akron
Department: History
School Location: United States -- Ohio
Source: MAI 57/05M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: European history
Keywords: Chronicle of Adam Usk, Kings, Nobility, Parliament, Richard II, St. Albans Chronicle
Publication Number: 10805880
ISBN: 978-0-355-83508-3
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