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1. The inheritance of Edward III and Richard II. 2. Gaunt in history. 3. The Education of a prince (1340-61). 4. Rise to power (1361-77). 5. From dominance to exile (1377-81). 6. Gaunt and Richard II (1381-6). 7. Gaunt and Iberian affairs. 8. From dominance to crisis (1389-99). 9. Gaunt and Christendom. 10. Gaunt and warfare. 11. Gaunt and the Church. 12. Gaunt and the secular peerage. 13. Lancastrian residences and governmental institutions.
14. Gaunt's regional interests, estate administration and finances. 15. Gaunt characterised. Conclusion. Calender of documents. Bibliography. Maps and tables. Index.


Goodman thoroughly examines the various aspects of the career of John of Gaunt (Duke of Lancaster, son and father of kings, claimant to the Spanish throne). Not really a straightforward biography like Sidney Armitage-Smith's John of Gaunt (1904. 1964. reprint. o.p.), this book instead focuses on the nuts and bolts of 14th-century princely power. In the chapter on warfare, for example, Goodman details how Gaunt raised his retinue, how much common soldiers were paid, and how the pay was sometimes in arrears for years. Other sections deal with Gaunt in Iberia, Gaunt and the church, and Gaunt and the secular peerage. Also touched upon are the duke's relations with Wycliffe and Chaucer. Goodman generally has a more positive view of Gaunt than many historians have had in recent years. Recommended for large public and academic libraries.--Bruce R. Schueneman, Texas A&I Univ. Lib., Kingsville

'This new biography of John of Gaunt fills a huge gap in our understanding of medieval England. xxx;The many facets of Gaunt's complex personality mesh convincingly. Southern History

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