England and Its Rulers 1066-1307 / Edition 3

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England and its Rulers has established itself as an attractive and authoritative account of English history from 1066. For this third edition, three new chapters have been added, the bibliography and suggested further reading sections have been fully updated, and additions and amendments have been made throughout.

  • New edition of the standard introduction to this popular period of English history.
  • Assesses the reigns of successive monarchs including William the Conqueror, Henry I, Richard the Lionheart, and King John.
  • Includes an epilogue on the reign of Edward I (1272-1307).
  • Three new chapters examine the social and economic history of the period and the British dimension of English history.
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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"An excellent treatment of political developments from the Conquest through the death of Edward I that is informed by [Clanchy's] wide knowledge of the written sources for the period." (Sixteenth Century Journal, Summer 2009)

"[This] is the third edition of a much admired textbook which has already introduced countless students to the period yet remains fresh and full of imulating insights. For this edition Clanchy has updated the existing chapters and added excellent new ones on the economy, lordship, and England’s position in Britain." (Annual Bulletin of Historical Literature, December 2008)

"Michael Clanchy is an engaging writer whose work is always notable for its clarity without oversimplifying the key academic debates. The third edition of this excellent survey text is no exception." (Journal of the Australian Early Medieval Association, Volume 4, 2008)

"MT Clanchy's supremely well-written account of the nation and its kings during this period retains its excellent introduction to the development of England after the Normans, but the three new chapters make it even more pertinent reading. Given current concerns over Britishness, this is a lively addition to the debate on where Britain's national identity derives from." (BBC History Magazine)

"A very good introduction to medieval England. The questions Clanchy raises, his frequent challenges to the views of other historians, his thoughtful and learned discussions of major issues in the history of medieval England, and his generous and explicit use of primary sources all combine to offer rich material for reflection and discussion." (Medieval Review)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781405106498
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 10/2/2006
  • Series: Blackwell Classic Histories of England Series
  • Edition description: Revised
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 360
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

M. T. Clanchy is Professor Emeritus of Medieval History at the Institute of Historical Research, University of London, and a Fellow of the British Academy. He taught at the University of Glasgow 1964-85. He is the author of From Memory to Written Record: England 1066-1307 (Blackwell second edition, 1993) and Abelard: A Medieval Life (Blackwell, 1997). He is the editor (with Betty Radice) of The Letters of Abelard and Heloise (2003).

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Table of Contents

Preface to Third Edition.

Preface to Second Edition.

Preface to First Edition.


Map 1 England and France.

Map 2 England and the Mediterranean.

Map 3 Edward I’s kingdom in Britain.

1. England's Place in Medieval Europe.

England and its conquerors.

Europe and the world.

England’s destiny.

Interpretations of English History.

England and Britain.

Part I: The Normans (1066-1135):.

2. The Norman Conquest (1066-87).

Immediately after the Conquest.

Debates about the Conquest.

English feelings about the Normans.

Names and languages.

Domesday Book.

3. Norman Government (1087-1135).

William Rufus and Henry I.

The development of institutions.

The Exchequer.


4. Church Reform.

The Anglo-Saxon church.

Lanfranc and Norman control.

Anselm and religios perfection.

Monastic expansion.

5. The Creation of Wealth.

Competition between churches and towns.

Markets and money.

What was wealth?.

Did the Normans make a difference?.

Part II: The Angevins (1135-99):.

6. Struggles for the Kingdom (1135-99).

Property and Inheritance.

Stephen and Matilda.

Henry II’s ancestral rights.

Henry II and his sons.

Richard I.

7. Law and Order.

The law and feudalism.

The systems described by Glanvill.

Henry II’s intentions.


Why did England develop a system of its own?.

8. The Twelfth-Century Renaissance.

England’s place in this Renaissance.

Curiales and Latinists.

The Owl and the Nightingale.

Artists and patrons.

9. The Matter of Britain.

Arthur and Merlin.

Wales – defining an allegiance.

Modernization in Scotland.

Civilization in Ireland.

Part III: The Poitevins (1199-1272):.

10. King John and the Minority of Henry III (1199-1227).

The Pointevin connection.

The record of King John.

Magna Carter.

The regency of William the Marshal.

Implications of the minority.

11. The Personal Rule of Henry III (1227-58).

Contemporary rulers.

The return of Peter des Roches.

Henry’s style of kingship.

Henry’s European strategy.

The ‘Sicilian business’.

12. National Identity.

National feeling in Henry III’s reign.

The papacy and internationalism.

The identity of England.

The use of the English language.

From lordship to nation state.

The expulsion of the Poitevins.

13. The Commune of England (1258-72).

The confederates of 1258.

The idea of commune.

The Provisions of Oxford.

Henry III’s recovery.

Monarchy versus community.

The king and Westminster abbey.

14. Lordship and the Structure of Society.

Personal display.

Women and lordship.

Lords, freemen and serfs.

Lordship and management.

15. Epilogue: Edward I (1272-1307).

Assessing the king’s character.

The enforcement of royal rights.

The conquest of Wales.

The subjection of Scotland.

English law and nationalism.


Genealogical Tables.

Normans and Angevins.

The Savoyards.

Suggestions for Further Reading.


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