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1399–1430 The Lancastrian Crown in East Anglian Politics

HELEN CASTOR

in The King, the Crown, and the Duchy of Lancaster

Published in print August 2000 | ISBN: 9780198206224
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191677038 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198206224.003.0003
1399–1430 The Lancastrian Crown in East Anglian Politics

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The circumstances in East Anglia within which Lancastrian interests were operating in 1399 were somewhat anomalous. In some senses, however, this was also true of the King's relationship with those interests. Elsewhere, in the traditional centres of Duchy influence, coherent networks of Lancastrian gentry had developed under John of Gaunt's lordship, within which hierarchies of authority were created and reinforced by grants of office in the castles, honours, and forests belonging to the Duke. In those areas, the Lancastrian affinity had played a significant part in local politics during the previous reign, and assumed a greater eminence after 1399. In East Anglia, therefore, not only was Henry IV taking command of the resources of the Duchy for the first time; and seeking to annex those resources to the Crown for the first time; but he also faced the challenge of establishing Lancastrian authority for the first time as a coherent and significant regional presence.

Keywords: East Anglia; authority; Duchy; John of Gaunt; Henry IV; politics; Lancastrian gentry

Chapter.  14574 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500)

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