×

Uh-oh, it looks like your Internet Explorer is out of date.

For a better shopping experience, please upgrade now.

Henry I / Edition 1
     

Henry I / Edition 1

5.0 1
by C. Warren Hollister, Amanda Clark Frost
 

ISBN-10: 0300098294

ISBN-13: 9780300098297

Pub. Date: 09/01/2003

Publisher: Yale University Press

Henry I, son of William the Conqueror, ruled from 1100 to 1135, a time of fundamental change in the Anglo-Norman world. This long-awaited biography, written by one of the most distinguished medievalists of his generation, offers a major reassessment of Henry’s character and reign. Challenging the dark and dated portrait of the king as brutal, greedy, and

Overview

Henry I, son of William the Conqueror, ruled from 1100 to 1135, a time of fundamental change in the Anglo-Norman world. This long-awaited biography, written by one of the most distinguished medievalists of his generation, offers a major reassessment of Henry’s character and reign. Challenging the dark and dated portrait of the king as brutal, greedy, and repressive, it argues instead that Henry’s rule was based on reason and order.

C. Warren Hollister points out that Henry laid the foundations for judicial and financial institutions usually attributed to his grandson, Henry II. Royal government was centralized and systematized, leading to firm, stable, and peaceful rule for his subjects in both England and Normandy. By mid-reign Henry I was the most powerful king in Western Europe, and with astute diplomacy, an intelligence network, and strategic marriages of his children (legitimate and illegitimate), he was able to undermine the various coalitions mounted against him. Henry strove throughout his reign to solidify the Anglo-Norman dynasty, and his marriage linked the Normans to the Old English line.

Hollister vividly describes Henry’s life and reign, places them against the political background of the time, and provides analytical studies of the king and his magnates, the royal administration, and relations between king and church. The resulting volume is one that will be welcomed by students and general readers alike.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300098297
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
09/01/2003
Series:
The English Monarchs Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
588
Sales rank:
634,221
Product dimensions:
6.13(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONSviii
FOREWORD BY JEFFREY BURTON RUSSELLix
EDITOR'S PREFACExiii
NOTE ON ABBREVIATIONS AND REFERENCESxvi
MAP; THE NORMAN EMPIRExviii
THE ANGLO—NORMAN FAMILYxx
1 Setting and Sources1
2 Childhood and Youth30
3 Kingship and Defense102
4 The Loss of Investiture and the Winning of Normandy149
5 Administrative Reforms and International Triumphs204
6 The Wheel of Fortune234
7 The Last Battles280
8 King and Magnates327
9 Law and Governance349
10 King and Church370
11 Final Years and Conclusion458
APPENDIX: CHARTER ATTESTATIONS AND THE ROYAL ENTOURAGE499
BIBLIOGRAPHY507
INDEX535

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Post to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews

Henry I 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
In my book, 'Astronomical Symbols on Ancient and Medieval Coins', I devote an entire chapter to the astronomical symbols that were depicted on medieval English coinage as signs of divine right to sovereignty. As part of my research, I read numerous books on medieval English history, and I found that Hollister's book, 'Henry I,' was especially useful. Not only were there many items of interest that added to my understanding of the history of his reign, but of all the books about Henry I that I read, Hollister's book was one of the most interesting reads. He really brought together an amazing amount of information. I highly recommend this book to all who are interested in English history. Marshall Faintich