Troubador Richard Duke of Gloucester as Lord Protector and High Constable of England

Released: 07/08/2015

eISBN: 9780957684058

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Richard Duke of Gloucester as Lord Protector and High Constable of England


Acclaimed author Annette Carson continues her Richard III studies by concentrating on his brief protectorate while he was still Duke of Gloucester. Until now traditionally misrepresented, his office as Lord Protector has been poorly understood owing to an over-reliance on foreign reporters ignorant of the precise significance of this very English institution. Of equal importance, and equally disregarded, is his concurrent office as Lord High Constable of England, vested with military and judicial authority on behalf of the crown. This study reviews the development of both offices and their constitutional legitimacy in Gloucester’s hands.

Annette Carson was given Honorary Life Membership of the Richard III Society in 2014 for distinguished services to the Society’s aims.

She featured as the expert witness on BBC Radio 4's series 'Great Lives' when Richard III was nominated by Philippa Langley, 6 January 2015: now available on podcast and iPlayer.

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Annette Carson

Annette Carson is a freelance writer with a preference for history and biography, and has sold some 50,000 non-fiction books. As Historical Consultant she was a member of the 'Looking For Richard' team that found Richard III in Leicester in 2012. After writing on subjects including aviation (aerobatics) and a biography of rock guitarist Jeff Beck, her first Ricardian book was Richard III: The Maligned King. First published in 2008, it has reached sales of 9,000 and is still regularly updated.

This was followed by Richard III: A Small Guide to the Great Debate. Written as a layman's introduction to the Richard III controversy, it has been described as 'Probably the clearest and shortest and most enjoyable read ever'.

In 2014 she edited, co-authored and co-ordinated publication of Finding Richard III: this is the official account of how the 'Looking For Richard' team independently, and at their own expense, pieced together the historical evidence that indicated the correct location of his grave, and raised the money needed to commission archaeologists to perform the excavation.

Her latest book, published May 2015, reveals new research into the protectorate that preceded Richard III's accession: Richard Duke of Gloucester as Lord Protector and High Constable of England.

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