Prejudice and Promise in Fifteenth Century England by C L Kingsford

Prejudice and Promise in Fifteenth Century England by C L Kingsford

£33.95

Hardcover

Publisher: Frank Cass & Co Ltd

Publication Date: 1962

Condition: Used, very good condition, dustjacket good, minimal shelf wear, cup stains to front and back, sunned spine and two small tears to front. Author’s name mis-printed on front cover and turnover (should be C.L not C.J). No highlighting or annotations to pages, and the binding remains intact and tight.

vi + 215, large fold out map of the wards and parish churches in London in the fifteenth century on rear endpaper.

221mm by 145mm, 500g.

1 in stock

This classic study, first published in 1925, sets out to show the dangers of looking at the fifteenth century through the eyes of the Tudor writers, especially Shakespeare, whose enthusiasm for their own age led them to underestimate the promise of the fifteenth century. Kingsford maintains that the violence, disorder and decay which went with the breakdown of medievalism had no deep effect on the slowly developing national consciousness which was to flourish in the later period. Using for reference many contemporary sources, he dwells on the mercantile enterprise and vigorous municipal life of the century, the educational progress, the general use of English as a written language, and the establishment of a large number of charitable foundations.