Earl of Oxford for fifty years, and subject of six kings of England during the political strife of the Wars of the Roses, John de Vere's career included more changes of fortune than almost any other. He recovered his earldom after the execution of his father and brother for treason, but his resistance to Edward IV led to a decade in prison. He escaped in time to lead Henry Tudor's vanguard at Bosworth in 1485 and subsequently enjoyed twenty-five years as perhaps "the foremost man of the kingdom", virtually ruling East Anglia for the king.
This is the first full-length study of de Vere's life and career. Through this lens it also tackles a number of broader themes. It reconsiders the role of the nobility under Henry VII, challenging the common perception of Henry as an anti-aristocratic king. It also explores East Anglian political society in the second half of the fifteenth century, how the earl came to dominate it, how successfully he exercised his power, and the personnel, including the Paston family, he used to run the region.
James Ross holds his doctorate from the University of Oxford.
[A] notable work. THE RICARDIAN
A fine book that gives us a keenly nuanced appraisal of the workings of high politics during Henry VII's pivotal reign. RENAISSANCE QUARTERLY
This study of a nobleman who has not been seriously treated before is a welcome addition to the shelf. THE MEDIEVAL REVIEW
First Published: 17 Mar 2011
13 Digit ISBN: 9781843836148
Size: 23.4 x 15.6
Imprint: Boydell Press
Subject: Medieval History
BIC Class: HBLC1
Details updated on 18 May 2013
- 1 Introduction
- 2 The Earl's Familial Inheritance
- 3 The Thirteenth Earl: Sedition, the Readeption, and Imprisonment, 1462-85
- 4 Estates and Wealth
- 5 'His principal servant both for war and peace': Political life under Henry VII
- 6 Oxford's 'Satrapy' - East Anglia, 1485-1513
- 7 'My retainers...come to do me service' - The Earl's Affinity
- 8 Private and Public
- 9 Conclusion
- 10 Appendix
- 11 Select Bibliography