Vincent looks at:
- Power and Identity in the Middle Ages: Essays in Memory of Rees Davies, edited by Huw Pryce and John Watts.
- Katherine Swynford: the Story of John of Gaunt and his Scandalous Duchess by Alison Weir.
- The Fears of Henry IV: the Life of England's Self-Made King by Ian Mortimer.
"All three of the books under review here claim to broadcast new historical “truths”. All three deal with roughly the same places and period: later-medieval Britain, with a particular emphasis on the years 1250 to 1450. How justified are their claims to tell new truths about the past, and what is distinctive in their various approaches?"