This paperback book is in very good condition. The cover has light edge wear, but is otherwise in excellent condition with almost no general wear. Internally the pages are in excellent condition - clean, tight and unmarked with little sign of use.
Henry VI is the youngest monarch ever to have ascended the English throne and the only English king to have been acknowledged by the French as rightfully King of France. Griffiths examines the entire span of his reign.
"King Henry VI is properly one of those kings whose rule is very different to assess. He was 8 months and 25 days old on his accession to the throne, the youngest monarch ever to accede the English throne to date. He was the only son of the hero King Henry V and his Queen Consort, Katherine of France. In total he ruled for approximately 39 years, a rule troubled by civil and foreign war. His reign was the third longest since the Norman conquest and he came close to being declared a saint. Henry VI was a pious and generous man and a learned man: Eton College in 1440/41 and he founded King's College and Queen's College (named for his wife, Margaret of Anjou), Cambridge. But he lacked the attributes needed for effective kingship. Above all he lacked political sense and was no judge of men. Henry VI died in mysterious circumstances. On 21 May 1471, at the age of 49, he was stabbed to death in the Tower of London. Anyone who wishes to understand the reign and personality of Henry VI better will have to start from the basis which Professor Griffiths provides. He presented a masterly study, which is quite unparalleled in its informative detail."
"This is one of the best biographies I have ever read, period. The book is cut up into different sections such as the King's household, court, queen, character, etc. Therefore it doesn't completely go in a consistent timeline, but for research purposes that is actually extremely helpful. The biography goes in-depth better than any other book on Henry VI out there and also holds great information on his wife, Margaret of Anjou, and the many lords who paraded about his court, including the less well-known one's."