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The Resource The last knight : the twilight of the Middle Ages and the birth of the modern era, Norman F. Cantor ; picture editor, Judy Cantor

The last knight : the twilight of the Middle Ages and the birth of the modern era, Norman F. Cantor ; picture editor, Judy Cantor

Label
The last knight : the twilight of the Middle Ages and the birth of the modern era
Title
The last knight
Title remainder
the twilight of the Middle Ages and the birth of the modern era
Statement of responsibility
Norman F. Cantor ; picture editor, Judy Cantor
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
There may be no more fascinating historical period than the late fourteenth century in Europe. The Hundred Years' War ravaged the continent, yet gallantry, chivalry, and literary brilliance flourished in the courts of England and elsewhere. Chaucer wrote brilliant satire, lords and ladies invented courtly rituals of love and romance, yet the vast bulk of Europe's population struggled with plague, economic uncertainty, and violence. It was a world in transition, soon to be replaced by the Renaissance and the Age of Exploration -- and John of Gaunt was its central figure. Norman F. Cantor, the best known and most popular historian of the Middle Ages, brings Gaunt to life brilliantly in his newest work, The Last Knight. John of Gaunt was the richest man in Europe, apart from its monarchs, and he epitomized and surpassed the ideals of the late Middle Ages. From chivalry -- he was taught at a young age to fight on horseback like the knights of old -- to courtly love -- his three marriages included two romantic love-matches -- he was an ideal leader. He created lavish courts, sponsoring Chaucer and proto-Protestant religious thinkers, and he survived the dramatic Peasants' Revolt, during which his sumptuous London residence was burned to the ground. As the head of the Lancastrian Branch of the Plantagenet family, he was the unknowing father of the War of the Roses, for his son Henry Bolingbroke usurped the crown from Gaunt's nephew, Richard II, after Gaunt had died. He passed away just as one great era gave way to the next: His grandson Henry the Navigator launched the Age of Exploration. Gaunt's adventures represent the culture and mores of the Middle Ages as few others' do, and his death is portrayed by Cantor as the end of that fascinating period. Shakespeare put into Gaunt's mouth the most patriotic speech in the English language: "this sceptre'd isle ... This other Eden, demi-paradise." Yet Shakespeare's version of Gaunt is an old and doddering man whose son took center stage. In fact, in Cantor's capable hands, this great man and those fascinating times are ready for their own starring roles
Biography type
individual biography
Cataloging source
OCO
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Cantor, Norman F
Dewey number
  • 940.1/92/092
  • B
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • plates
Index
index present
LC call number
D202.8
LC item number
.C36 2004
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • John
  • Middle Ages
  • Europe
  • Civilization, Medieval
  • Nobility
Label
The last knight : the twilight of the Middle Ages and the birth of the modern era, Norman F. Cantor ; picture editor, Judy Cantor
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 243-250) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
55139781
Dimensions
22 cm
Extent
260 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780743226882
Lccn
2003069700
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other control number
9780743226882 (EAN)
Other physical details
illustrations
Label
The last knight : the twilight of the Middle Ages and the birth of the modern era, Norman F. Cantor ; picture editor, Judy Cantor
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 243-250) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
55139781
Dimensions
22 cm
Extent
260 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780743226882
Lccn
2003069700
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other control number
9780743226882 (EAN)
Other physical details
illustrations

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