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ISBN-13: 978-0631235934 ISBN-10: 0631235930 Edition: 1st

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"Thoroughly recommended to anyone wanting to make sense of the bloodbath in late medieval English history known as the Wars of the Roses." BBC History Magazine <!--end-->

"Hicks' book will be the standard work on Warwick." History

"A rewarding essay ... founded on comprehensive research and a profound knowledge of the era which none today can match." History Today

"There is a great deal to admire in this book. It is shrewd and knowledgeable in its judgments, based on a tremendous amount of research, and has a lot of new and interesting things to say about the politics of mid-fifteenth century England." The Medieval Review

"Hicks has made another considerable contribution to our understanding of fifteenth-century England, and this book is sure to be widely read and vigorously discussed." American Historical Review

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Richard Neville, Earl of Warwick, remains one of the most controversial personalities of fifteenth-century England. The archetypal over-mighty subject, he was the dominant figure in the dynastic revolutions at the heart of the fifteenth-century Wars of the Roses. Warwick played a pivotal role first in advancing the Yorkist cause, leading Edward IV to replace the Lancastrian Henry VI in 1461. Then, having lost influence at court, he changed sides and was reversed the process in 1470. Warwick "the Kingmaker" dominated national politics in his various roles as general, admiral, pirate, subaltern, administrator, politician, propagandist, statesman, and diplomat.

This book illuminates Warwick's character and motivation, showing that he was an emotional, charming, and popular man with a strong sense of family loyalty. It is the first full study of this compelling figure within the context of political life in late medieval England.

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  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell; 1 edition (April 8, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0631235930
  • ISBN-13: 978-0631235934
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By FYI TOP 1000 REVIEWER on May 21, 2013
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The sum of a life is more than a series of vague factoids. This book, written in 1998, promises a new evaluation of the charismatic, doomed "Kingmaker," Richard Neville, 16th Earl of Warwick, (22 November 1428 - 14 April 1471). Yet what Hicks succeeds in doing is repeating tidbits derived from fusty, outdated, Tudor-biased volumes, and a massive amount of self-citation; the author frequently indulges in citing/quoting himself as a primary source. For example, Hicks calls the Neville family history "largely fictional" (Hicks 1998:12); his source for this "fact" is a journal article he wrote some years ago. Hicks' genealogy of Neville is a jumble, marginal at best. Yet with any adequate research, it is not difficult to trace and verify that Richard Neville was directly descended from Uchtred the Bold, ealdorman of Northumbria from 1006 to 1016. Uchtred was the son of Waltheof I, of Bamburgh castle on the Northumbrian coast, descended from ancient Scottish/Pictish royalty via Crinan of Dunkeld (ancestor of the Scottish royal House of Dunkeld). Uchtred married Ælfgifu, the daughter of King Ethelred II (great-great grandson of King Alfred the Great). This powerful family became "Neville" with the marriage to the Norman heiress Isabel de Néville. The Nevilles ruled Northumbria, and married into and sparred with the Percy family (oddly referred to by Hicks as "Percies" in plural, as if they are a city or thing). This northern pedigree tremendously impacted Richard Neville's sense of himself, his identity, and wielding of power on the battlefield and off. This sense of entitlement and birthright was also increased via multiple lines of Plantagenet heritage via King Edward I, through King Edward III, and John of Gaunt.Read more ›
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 4, 1999
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A Warwick! A Warwick! Mr. Hicks work should be applauded. While the beginning of the book is very academic, in verse and research, it attempts look at Richard Neville, 16th Earl Warwick and Kingmaker, as a whole person. Hicks looks back on both primary and some secondary sources, makes some assumptions, buts overall lets the reader decide on Warwick's character. He notes the mixed temperament of 15th Century English - some hated Warwick, many more loved him. As a self proclaimed scholar of Neville, I have to highly recommend this work - along with four other titles entitled "Warwick" or "Kingmaker", all of which are out of print.
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Very informative can be somewhat tangled and obscure,needs better geneological connections and a glossary of some obscure medieval terms and meanings,very erudite and great for the historian/specialist of this period.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By bar on April 11, 2013
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I read both Warwick the Kingmaker by Paul Kendall and this one by Michael Hicks. Both are excellent reads being well researched and well written. Kendall's is more in line with historical fiction and Hicks a non fiction history. The edition that I selected for Hicks has a lot of family charts which were very helpful, since there are so many characters and so many blood related.
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