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Title:
Henry Plantagenet
Author:
Barber, Richard W.
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Edition:
New edition.
Publication Information:
Woodbridge : Boydell, 2003, 2001.
Physical Description:
304 pages : illustrations (chiefly color), color facsimiles, genealogical tables, maps ; 24 cm
General Note:
This ed. originally published: 2001.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780851159935
Format :
Book

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Summary

Summary

Henry II is the most imposing figure among the medieval kings of England. His fiefs and domains extended from the Atlantic to the Mediterranean, and his court was frequented by the greatest thinkers and men of letters of his time, besides ambassadors from all over Europe. This readable and accessible biography offers both a study of his character, and an estimate of his work as a ruler, work which is in a sense the history of his life, since it occupied his entire energies from his accession at the age of twenty-one to his death thirty-five years later. Nor is this the mere routine of government; from the desolate and lawless anarchy of Stephen's reign, and against the opposition of the great magnates and the Church, he built in England a stable and prosperous realm, and welded his diverse inheritance overseas into a single, and by the standards of the time, peaceful, unit. Only the folly of John dispersed his empire, and his work in England left an enduring mark on the institutions by which we are governed today.RICHARD BARBER's other books include Tournaments, with Juliet Barker, Edward Prince of Wales and Aquitaine, The Life and Campaigns of the Black Prince, The Knight and Chivalry and books on King Arthur; he is currently working on a study of the legend of the Holy Grail. 1154-1189


Author Notes

Richard Barber's other books include Tournaments, with Juliet Barker, Edward Prince of Wales and Aquitaine, The Life and Campaigns of the Black Prince, The Knight and Chivalry, and books on King Arthur; he is currently working on a study of the legend of the Holy Grail


Table of Contents

Prologuep. 1
1. The Troubled Landp. 19
2. The Winning of a Kingdomp. 37
3. A Prince Among Princesp. 56
4. The New Orderp. 81
5. The Central Problemp. 100
6. This Low-born Clerkp. 124
7. The Western Edge of the Worldp. 146
8. The Great Rebellionp. 160
9. The Years of Peacep. 185
10. Absalomp. 200
11. They that take the Sword ...p. 212
Epiloguep. 234
Appendicesp. 243
Bibliographyp. 250
Notesp. 261
Indexp. 274