'Dynasty and Division: The Depiction of King and Kingdom in John Hardyng's Chronicle



Peverley, Sarah ORCID: 0000-0002-6178-3163
(2004) 'Dynasty and Division: The Depiction of King and Kingdom in John Hardyng's Chronicle. The Medieval Chronicle III: Proceedings of the 3rd International Conference on the Medieval Chronicle Doorn/Utrecht 12 – 17 July 2002. 149 - 170.

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Abstract

Composed during a period of increased dynastic awareness and political tension, John Hardyng’s late fifteenth-century Chronicle survives in two versions. Previous scholars have labelled the first version a ‘Lancastrian’ account of history, written with little purpose other than to elicit financial reward and advocate the conquest of Scotland; the second is regarded as a ‘Yorkist’ revision. This article assesses Hardyng’s representation of the kings and their kingdom, with particular emphasis on the depiction of division within the realm; it demonstrates that Hardyng’s portrayal of Henry VI in the first version, and his use of commonplace imagery and themes, are conscientiously crafted to facilitate a wider-ranging political focus and concern with late medieval affairs than previously accepted. Conversely, comparable examples from the second version show that it is not exclusively concerned with fortifying the Yorkist dynasty, but that it promotes the same call for peace and good governance as the first version.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: issn: 90-420-1834-8
Uncontrolled Keywords: john hardyng, chronicle, chronicles, wars of roses, henry iv, henry v, henry vi, edward iv, york, lancaster, yorkist, lancastrian, fifteenth century, literature, history, politics, medieval, middle ages
Subjects: D History General and Old World > D History (General) > D111 Medieval History
P Language and Literature > PR English literature
Depositing User: Symplectic Admin
Date Deposited: 31 Mar 2015 10:21
Last Modified: 29 Sep 2020 08:32
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URI: http://livrepository.liverpool.ac.uk/id/eprint/2009383

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