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The Order of the Garter 1348-1461 Chivalry and Politics in Late Medieval England

by Hugh E. L. Collins

  • ISBN: 9780198208174
  • ISBN10: 0198208170

The Order of the Garter 1348-1461 Chivalry and Politics in Late Medieval England

by Hugh E. L. Collins

  • List Price: $270.00
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Publisher: Oxford Univ Pr
  • Publish date: 07/01/2000
  • ISBN: 9780198208174
  • ISBN10: 0198208170
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Description: This is the first scholarly study of the political role of the Order of the Garter during the late middle ages. It evaluates the relationship between the practical objectives served by the institution and its status as a chivalric elite. Focusing on the years between the Garter's inception in 1348 and the deposition of Henry VI in 1461, the study considers the Order's conception, companionship and collective activities, and places them against the political backdropof the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries. Hugh Collins highlights the potential of the fraternity as an instrument of political patronage, and attributes its success in this area to the importantbalance achieved in the Garter's constitution and fellowship between pragmatic considerations and knightly ideas. His examination of the interdependence of these two facets thus reveals the extent to which political society in the late middle ages founded its ambitions and aspirations on the cult of chivalry.
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