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IMC 2015: Sessions

Session 224: The Yorkist Renewal, I: A New Hope

Monday 6 July 2015, 14.15-15.45

Sponsor:Late Medieval Seminar, Institute of Historical Research, London
Organiser:Daniel F. Gosling, School of History, University of Leeds
Moderator/Chair:Hannes Kleineke, History of Parliament Trust, London
Paper 224-aThe Rhetoric of Reform in the Yorkist Period
(Language: English)
Alexander Brondarbit, Department of History, University of Winchester
Index terms: Political Thought, Rhetoric
Paper 224-bA Congenial Relationship?: Edward IV and the City of London, 1471-1483
(Language: English)
Samantha Harper, Institute of Historical Research, University of London
Index terms: Local History, Politics and Diplomacy
Paper 224-cThe Lancastrian Legacy in Yorkist England
(Language: English)
David Grummitt, School of Humanities, Canterbury Christ Church University
Index terms: Political Thought, Politics and Diplomacy

The dynastic revolution that brought Edward IV to the throne of England in March 1461 carried an express and ambitious promise of a renewal of the English monarchy and body politic. The papers in this session will examine the rhetoric of reform deployed by the partisans of the house of York in their bid for the crown, the more practical difficulties inherent in forging and maintaining cordial relations with the English crown's principal creditors, the hard-nosed merchants of London, and the very real institutional and conceptual continuities from the reign of the now discredited Henry VI.