Charles I of Anjou: Power, Kingship and State-Making in Thirteenth-Century Europe

Charles I of Anjou: Power, Kingship and State-Making in Thirteenth-Century Europe

by Jean Dunbabin
     
 

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Charles I of Anjou (1226-85) was one of the greatest conquerors and most formidable figures of the Middle Ages. At the height of his splendour he was ruler of Anjou, Provence, Jerusalem, Achaia and Sicily. The first part of the book traces how Charles acquired his lands and the means he developed for controlling them. The second part looks at key aspects of his

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Charles I of Anjou (1226-85) was one of the greatest conquerors and most formidable figures of the Middle Ages. At the height of his splendour he was ruler of Anjou, Provence, Jerusalem, Achaia and Sicily. The first part of the book traces how Charles acquired his lands and the means he developed for controlling them. The second part looks at key aspects of his career - his involvement with the papacy, military reform, trading, diplomacy, chivalric pursuits and his interest in the arts. He is often portrayed as ruthlessly ambitious, callous and cruel, whose misjudgement lost him many of the lands he conquered, but Dunbabin argues that this is an oversimplification, that his activities coincided with both papal aspirations and the religious ideal of crusading, that he was an efficient ruler and though not afraid to use cruelty to raise money for his plans, listened to the complaints of his subjects and was consequently not unpopular, and his final defeat was less the product of folie de grandeur than an overstretching of his resources.

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"...Dunbabin has crafted an excellent introduction to the man and pointed the way to much-need further research" Journal of Ecclesiastical History "Dunbabin has performed a signal service, synthesizing succintly a wealth of scholarship on his [Charles I] life, (...) and providing a well-balanced account, securely grounded in surviving documentation, which students and teachers alike will find instructive." English historical review, 1999

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780582253704
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
02/02/1998
Series:
Medieval World Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
264
Product dimensions:
5.49(w) x 8.51(h) x 0.62(d)

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