1st Edition

The Plantagenet Empire 1154-1224
1154-1224




ISBN 9780582784390
Published June 6, 2007 by Routledge
376 Pages

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The Plantagenet dynasty secured and then lost most of Western Europewithin the space of a century. In this new translation by David Crouch Martin Aurell revives the passion and politics, revolts and reversals of the Plantagenet Empire

By 1125 young Henry II found himself the head of what was to become known as the Plantagenet Empire, a disparate conglomerate of lands stretching from Scotlandto the Pyrenees, From Ireland to Limousin, founded on both civil war and family ties. Through its three generations of existence civil war and familial passions were to be both the source of sustenance and ultimate destruction of the Empire. This retelling of the drama of the era includes: the murder of Thomas Beckett, advisor to Henry II and later bishop of Canterbury; the wars of rebellion of Richard the Lionheart and John Lackland  against their father Henry II; the crusades of Richard the Lionheart culminating in his capture; and the eventual crumbling of the empire under the reign of Henry III at the hands of his father’s widow and Louis VIII. 

Aurell’s superb knowledge of the complex sources for the period uncovers a world where sophisticated decision making and modern political manoeuvring: a world where political spin and propaganda were deliberately employed by Plantagenet Kings in ideological warfare against their rivals.    

Table of Contents

PART ONE: GOVERNMENT AND ROYAL WILL

The Royal Court: Civil Servants and their Skills

Plantagenet Ideology

PART TWO: FOR AND AGAINST THE KING

The Aristocracy: Between Rebellion and Submission

The Becket Affair

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