The Last Knight by Norman F. Cantor
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There may not be a more fascinating a historical period than the late fourteenth century in Europe. The Hundred Years' War ravaged the continent, yet gallantry, chivalry, and literary brilliance flourished in the courts of England and elsewhere. It was a world in transition, soon to be replaced by the Renaissance and the Age of Exploration -- and John of Gaunt was its central figure.

In today's terms, John of Gaunt was a multibillionaire with a brand name equal to Rockefeller. He fought in the Hundred Years' War, sponsored Chaucer and proto-Protestant religious thinkers, and survived the dramatic Peasants' Revolt, during which his sumptuous London residence was burned to the ground. As head of the Lancastrian branch of the Plantagenet family, Gaunt was the unknowing father of the War of the Roses; after his death, his son usurped the crown from his nephew, Richard II. Gaunt's adventures represent the culture and mores of the Middle Ages as those of few others do, and his death is portrayed in The Last Knight as the end of that enthralling period.

About Norman F. Cantor

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Norman F. Cantor was Emeritus Professor of History, Sociology, and Comparative Literature at New York University. His many books include "In the Wake of the Plague", "Inventing the Middle Ages", and "The Civilization of the Middle Ages", the most widely read narrative of the Middle Ages in the English language. He died in 2004.
Published May 11, 2010 by Free Press. 272 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Travel. Non-fiction

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One historian's nomination of England's John of Gaunt (1340–99), Duke of Lancaster and father of King Henry IV, as both chivalry's last great practitioner and direct progenitor of the likes of Donald Trump.

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John of Gaunt (1340–1399) was one of the wealthiest men of late–14th-century Europe and an exemplar of the rough and refined values of his class. He fought in the Hundred Years War, was

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In The Last Knight, Norman Cantor attempts to do a number of things, chief among them being to present a biographical sketch of John of Gaunt, whom he characterizes as a prefiguring the transition ...

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With snapshots of medieval life, Cantor side-lines mental baggage gleaned from film, fiction and comic strips.

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