An Age Of Ambition. English Society In The Late Middle Ages.
8vo. 6.25 x 8.75 inches. 192 pp. Bound in original red cloth, gilt, in pictorial dust wrapper, which has edge tears neatly repaired. A little wear to extremities, but otherwise a very good copy. Illustrated by 8 colour plates and by numerous black and white figures in text. Decorated by half title, title and contents pages vignettes. The author sees the late Middle Ages, 1350-1510, as a period not of decline, but an age in which England began to develop its identity as a nation, sharing the available wealth in new ways. The rearrangement of the economic basis of society profoundly changed attitudes towards class distinctions and to authority, the homestead and family and especially in religion where a new idea of conscience began to break out of formalism. F. R. H. Du Boulay (1920-2008), author of The Lordship of Canterbury (1966), was Professor of Medieval History at the University of London, 1960-82 and was elected a Fellow of the British Academy in 1980.
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