The importance of the themes of rulership and rebellion in the history of the Anglo-Norman world between 1066 and the early thirteenth century is incontrovertible. The power, government, and influence of kings, queens and other lords pervaded and dominated society and was frequently challenged and resisted. But while biographies of rulers, studies of the institutions and operation of central, local and seigniorial government, and works on particular political struggles abound, many major aspects of rulership and rebellion remain to be explored or further elucidated. This volume, written by leading scholars in the field and dedicated to the pioneering work of Professor Edmund King, will make an original, important and timely contribution to our knowledge and understanding of Anglo-Norman history.
Table of Contents
Edmund King: an appreciation. William the Peacemaker: the submission of the English to the Duke of Normandy, October 1066-January 1067. A profession of ignorance: an insight into Domesday procedure in an early reference to the inquest. The place of government in transition: Winchester, Westminster and London in the mid-12th century. A different diffidatio: violence, litigation and the Lord of Courville from the letters of Ivo of Chartres. The charters of Geoffrey de Mandeville. The legacy of Ranulf de Gernons. Fortunes of war: safe-guarding Wallingford Castle and honour 1135-60. John of Salisbury and courtiers' trifles. How to suppress a rebellion: England 1173-74. The battle of the countesses: the division of the honour of Leicester, March-December 1207. The 'loss of Normandy' and Northamptonshire. The twenty-five barons of Magna Carta: an Augustinian echo? A bibliography of the published writings of Edmund King.
Dr Paul Dalton, Principal Lecturer in Medieval History, Department of History and American Studies, Canterbury Christ Church University, UK.
Professor David Luscombe, FBA, Professor Emeritus of Medieval History, The University of Sheffield, UK.
"... [this book[ brings into particularly sharp focus the multifarious strategies for confronting challenges and resistance to royal power - from diplomacy, negotiation, and peace-making through to campaigning and siege warfare, as well as the capacity of government to cope with rebellion and its consequences."
- Oliver Creighton (University of Exeter, UK) in the journal of the Society for Medieval Archaeology