Clash of Crowns: William the Conqueror, Richard Lionheart, and Eleanor of Aquitaine--A Story of Bloodshed, Betrayal, and Revenge [NOOK Book]

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Conflict between England and France was a fact of life for centuries, but few realize that its origins date from the time of the Vikings, when a Norse chieftain named Rollo established himself and his progeny in Normandy. In this compelling and entertaining history, Mary McAuliffe takes the reader back to those dark and turbulent times when Rollo’s descendants, the dukes of Normandy, asserted their dominance over the weak French monarchy—a dominance that became especially threatening after Duke William conquered ...
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Clash of Crowns: William the Conqueror, Richard Lionheart, and Eleanor of Aquitaine--A Story of Bloodshed, Betrayal, and Revenge

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Overview

Conflict between England and France was a fact of life for centuries, but few realize that its origins date from the time of the Vikings, when a Norse chieftain named Rollo established himself and his progeny in Normandy. In this compelling and entertaining history, Mary McAuliffe takes the reader back to those dark and turbulent times when Rollo’s descendants, the dukes of Normandy, asserted their dominance over the weak French monarchy—a dominance that became especially threatening after Duke William conquered England in 1066, giving him a royal crown.

Despite this crown, William the Conqueror and his royal successors remained dukes of Normandy, with feudal obligations to their overlord, the king of France. This naturally fostered an ongoing hostility between the French and English crowns that, as McAuliffe convincingly shows, became ever more explosive as the strength and territorial holdings of the English monarchs grew. Conflict erupted regularly over the years, and Eleanor of Aquitaine’s desertion of one camp for the other only added fuel to the long-simmering feud.

McAuliffe takes the reader back to this dramatic era, providing the fascinating background and context for this “clash of crowns.” She offers colorful insights into Richard Lionheart and Eleanor of Aquitaine as well as lesser-known French and English monarchs, especially Philip II of France. Philip proved a determined opponent of Richard Lionheart, and their cutthroat rivalry not only created fatal divisions within the Third Crusade but also culminated in an incendiary faceoff at Richard’s newly built Château-Gaillard, the seemingly impregnable gateway to empire. The outcome would shape the course of English and French history throughout the centuries that followed.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781442214736
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/16/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 280
  • Sales rank: 622,191
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

Mary McAuliffe received a Ph.D. in history from the University of Maryland and has taught at several universities and lectured at the Smithsonian Institution. For many years she was a regular contributor to Paris Notes. She has traveled extensively in France and recently published Dawn of the Belle Epoque: The Paris of Monet, Zola, Bernhardt, Eiffel, Debussy, Clemenceau, and Their Friends. She is also the author of Paris Discovered: Explorations in the City of Light. She lives in New York City with her husband.
Mary McAuliffe received a Ph.D. in history from the University of Maryland and has taught at several universities and lectured at the Smithsonian Institution. For many years she was a regular contributor to Paris Notes. She has traveled extensively in France and is the author of Dawn of the Belle Epoque: The Paris of Monet, Zola, Bernhardt, Eiffel, Debussy, Clemenceau, and Their Friends. She lives in New York City with her husband.
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Table of Contents

Introduction
Part I
Chapter 1: Merlin's Prophesy
Chapter 2: Turning Point
Part II
Chapter 3: Rollo the Viking
Chapter 4: Fathers and Sons
Chapter 5: The Virgin and the Queen
Part III
Chapter 6: The Golden Table of Sicily
Chapter 7: To Jerusalem!
Chapter 8: The Lion at Bay
Chapter 9: A World of Enemies
Part IV
Chapter 10: Lionheart’s Return
Chapter 11: The Rock of Andely
Chapter 12: The Treasure of Châlus
Part V
Chapter 13: Philip and John
Chapter 14: Lionheart’s Proud Daughter
Epilogue
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