Duke Humphrey of Gloucester in the eyes of posterity: Lancastrian rule and Tudor propaganda

Alessandra Petrina
The century following Duke Humphrey’s death has transmitted an image of “the Good Duke” that modern historiography may find misleading. Contemporary scholarship is interested in his role as the promoter of humanism in fifteenth-century England; yet, though in the course of his life there were acknowledgements of his patronage, the years immediately following his death saw his image undergo a metamorphosis. His role as a proto-humanist was quickly forgotten, while the political resonance of his...
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