Henry Despenser the Fighting Bishop

Sep 14, 12

by Richard Allington-Smith

A new view of the ‘fighting bishop’ who helped to suppress the Peasant’s Revolt in Norfolk in 1381, led a crusade to Flanders, and raised troops to resist Henry Bolingbroke in his progress to defeat Richard II. Bishop Henry has had a bad press, but the author presents a more rounded view of this unusual man, and incidentally gives a fascinating picture of a medieval bishop at work in the diocese of Norwich – which then included Suffolk.

ISBN 978 1 904006 16 9


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