This well-known text, the standard account of the subject, is essential reading for students and scholars of the Norman period from undergraduate level upwards, and was hailed on first publication as: " a landmark in twelfth-century studies." Written in the form of a biography this completely revised and updated edition discusses the significant social, governmental and religious developments as they arose in the course of the narrative.
List of maps and tables. Preface to the first edition. Preface to third edition. Acknowledgements. Abbreviations.
I Parentage and early life, c 1096-1135. II. The succession, 1135-1136. III Mistakes, 1136-1139. IV. The Empress and her party, 1136-1140. V. Disaster, 1140-1141. VI. Recovery, 1141. VII. A second start, 1142-1143. VIII. Stalemate, 1143-1147. IX. The new opposition, 1147-1149. X The Magnates' Peace, 1150-1154. Appendix I Earls and earldoms. Appendix II Principal participants in the Civil War. Appendix III. The chronicle sources. Appendix IV. Politics and property. Appendix V. The Beaumont twins: Waleran of Meulan and Robert Earl of Leicester. Appendix VI. Geoffrey de Mandeville. Appendix VII. Ranulf Earl of Chester and Coventry. Appendix VIII. Regesta III: Additions and Corrections. Index