Richard II came to the throne as a child, following the long, domineering, martial reign of his grandfather Edward III. Throughout his reign he suffered from the disastrous combination of a most exalted sense of his own divine power and an inability to impress that power on those closest to the throne.a
Laura Ashe is Associate Professor of English and a Fellow of Worcester College, Oxford. Her first book was Fiction and History in England, 1066-1200 and she has edited Early Fiction in England: From Geoffrey of Monmouth to Chaucerfor Penguin Classics. The extraordinary flowering of English literature in the reign of Richard II features in much of her work. She is now writing the new Oxford English Literary History, vol. 1: 1000-1350.