‘He contents the people wherever he goes’ Richard III: His Parliament and Government
The Chronicles of the White Rose, Volume 2, (2008/09)
It is a great pleasure to be asked to return to speak to the distinguished members of the Richard III Society and to reprise some of the remarks which I made back in 1989 about the brief, significant and revealing Parliament which King Richard III convened in 1484.
Since I last spoke to the Society there has been an extraordinary flowering of
both Ricardian and Yorkist historiography and a renewed interest in the
historical details of the period which sees the momentous transition from mediaeval to modern England, from the Plantagenets to the Tudors. What has most distinguished this scholarship has been its emphasis upon a better understanding of the personal, private lives of many of the key players and far greater depth of analysis of original documentary material.
We are most fortunate that feminist historiography and the renewed interest in the role of individual women in great historical events has come to the fore and that there has been a wonderful uncovering of the political and historical significance of the remarkable women of the late Fifteenth Century.