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The Last Knight: The Twilight of the Middle Ages and the Birth of the Modern Era

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There may not be a more fascinating a 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. 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.

In today's terms, John of Gaunt was a multibillionaire with a brand name equal to Rockefeller. He fought in the Hundred Years' War, sponsored Chaucer and proto-Protestant religious thinkers, and survived the dramatic Peasants' Revolt, during which his sumptuous London residence was burned to the ground. As head of the Lancastrian branch of the Plantagenet family, Gaunt was the unknowing father of the War of the Roses; after his death, his son usurped the crown from his nephew, Richard II. Gaunt's adventures represent the culture and mores of the Middle Ages as those of few others do, and his death is portrayed in The Last Knight as the end of that enthralling period.

About the Author

Norman F. Cantor was Emeritus Professor of History, Sociology, and Comparative Literature at New York University. His many books include In the Wake of the Plague, Inventing the Middle Ages, and The Civilization of the Middle Ages, the most widely read narrative of the Middle Ages in the English language. He died in 2004.

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Jason Straight, April 6, 2009 (view all comments by Jason Straight)
Norman Cantor is certainly in his element with The Last Knight, which is a fascinating portrayal of the social, political, and cultural unrest of the 14th century through the lens of the notorious John of Gaunt. This book stands alongside classics like Barbara Tuchmann's "A Distant Mirror," in its portrayal of one of the pivotal periods of Western history.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780060754037
Author:
Cantor, Norman F
Publisher:
Harper Perennial
Author:
Cantor, Norman F.
Author:
by Norman F. Cantor
Subject:
Royalty
Subject:
History
Subject:
Historical - British
Subject:
Medieval
Subject:
Civilization, medieval
Subject:
Renaissance
Subject:
Modern - General
Subject:
Europe History 476-1492.
Subject:
John
Subject:
Biography-Historical
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade PB
Publication Date:
20050531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
8.12x5.76x.72 in. .54 lbs.

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History and Social Science » Europe » Western Europe » General
History and Social Science » Western Civilization » Medieval
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History and Social Science » World History » Medieval and Renaissance

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