Richard Duke of Gloucester as Lord Protector and High Constable of England
Acclaimed author Annette Carson continues her study on Richard III by concentrating on his brief protectorate while he was still Duke of Gloucester. Carson argues Richard's office as Lord Protector has been poorly understood owing to an over-reliance on foreign reporters that were 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.
Author: Annette Carson