IMC 2012: Sessions

Session 1022: Richard II and Henry IV: Prophecy and Reality

Wednesday 11 July 2012, 09.00-10.30

Sponsor:Society for 14th-Century Studies
Organiser:James Bothwell, School of History, University of Leicester
Moderator/Chair:James Bothwell, School of History, University of Leicester
Paper 1022-aThe Romance and Prophecies of Thomas of Erceldoune: The Bastard & the Last World Emperor
(Language: English)
Victoria Flood, Centre for Medieval Studies, University of York
Index terms: Language and Literature - Middle English, Literacy and Orality
Paper 1022-bDocumenting Richard II
(Language: English)
Alison McHardy, Department of History, University of Nottingham
Index terms: Charters and Diplomatics, Politics and Diplomacy
Paper 1022-cThe Curious Coronation of Henry IV
(Language: English)
Chris Given-Wilson, St Andrews Institute of Mediaeval Studies, University of St Andrews
Index terms: Mentalities, Politics and Diplomacy
Abstract

The reigns of Richard II and Henry IV make for some of the most exciting reading in medieval history. Whether looking through the eyes of the prophet, the chancery clerk, or the chronicler, the events of the quarter century either side of 1400 have an impact far beyond the period in which they are set. Looking at three different types of source for this period, literary, governmental, and chronicle, this session aims to examine how the perception of ideas and events in this period vary depending upon the viewpoint of the commentator.