Richard II and the English Royal Treasure

Richard II and the English Royal Treasure

Jenny Stratford


Boydell Press



Detailed documents describing Richard II's holdings of treasure highlight the magnificence of the 14th-century English court, often underrated by historians.
The remarkable treasure of gold and silver from England and France which Richard II had amassed by the end of his reign in 1399 is fully revealed for the first time in this richly illustrated book. The author explores the nature of the objects themselves, their provenance and later fate, and examines the crucial role the treasure played in diplomacy and in financing the Hundred Years War, especially at the time of Agincourt.
This fresh analysis is based on the discovery in the National Archives at Kew of a roll over 28 metres long, compiled around the time of Richard's deposition. English courtiers and Valois princes are named as the donors of many gifts. Concealed among the treasure are valuables Richard seized from the magnates he executed or exiled in 1397. Publication in full of this exceptional inventory leads to completely new perspectives on Richard II's court and on its splendour in the last years of the fourteenth century.

Jenny Stratford began her career in the Department of Manuscripts, the British Library. Her books include The Bedford Inventories (1993). She is a Senior Research Fellow of the Institute of Historical Research, University of London.


February 2013
20 colour, 40 black and white, 1 line illustrations
528 pages
29.7x21 cm
ISBN: 9781843833789
Format: Hardback
Boydell Press
BISAC HIS037010, SOC003000, HIS015000
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A remarkable edition.... It will enable scholars to present a more realistic account of the material surroundings od the English royal court...and to set Richard II ain that wider context. ENGLISH HISTORICAL REVIEW

A complete and comprehensive study. MIDWEST BOOK REVIEW, May 2013

(The) commentary is thorough and will serve as a rich resource for scholars. SALON

(A) superb and long-awaited study. TIMES LITERARY SUPPLEMENT

A major and highly readable work of scholarship. THE ART NEWSPAPER