Political Life

  • W. M. Ormrod
Part of the British History in Perspective book series (BHP)


At the end of this study of late medieval English politics, it is time to step back from the details and draw some general conclusions out of the issues and ideas that have emerged. Politics had many dimensions in the later Middle Ages, and this short book cannot pretend to have covered more than a few of them. Its specific purpose has been to trace the existence and concerns of a polity at once constructed from individual local and provincial societies and capable of developing a coherent identity and programme at the national level. We may now proceed to summarise the anatomy of this political society and the resulting temper of late medieval politics and to ask whether the new confidence and power enjoyed by its subjects served to emasculate the late medieval state and cause the Wars of the Roses.


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