Henry II

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Overview

Henry II was an enigma to contemporaries, and has excited widely divergent judgments ever since. Dramatic incidents of his reign, such as his quarrel with Archbishop Becket and his troubled relations with his wife, Eleanor of Aquitaine, and his sons, have attracted the attention of historical novelists, playwrights, and filmmakers, but with no unanimity of interpretation. That he was a great king there can be no doubt. Yet his motives and intentions are not easy to divine, and it is Professor Warren's contention that concentration on the great crises of the reign can lead to distortion. This book is therefore a comprehensive reappraisal of the reign based, with rare understanding, on contemporary sources; it provides a coherent and persuasive revaluation of the man and the king, and is, in itself an eloquent and impressive achievement.

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W.L. Warren has written a life of the great Angevin whose scholarship and fair-mindedness should make it the classic account for the nest fifty years.
#151;London Times
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780520034945
  • Publisher: University of California Press
  • Publication date: 11/28/1977
  • Series: English Monarchs Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 350
  • Sales rank: 710,843
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 1.25 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Note on References
Note on Translations
Preface

Part I: Politics
1. Prologue
2. The Pursuit of
Inheritance
3. King, Duke, and Count: a Chronological Survey, 1154- c. 1182
4. The Lordship of the British Isles
5. Henry II and his Empire

Part II: The Government of England
6. The Pattern of English Government
7. Recovery and Reconstruction
8. The King's Government
9. Royal Justice
10. King and Subjects

Part III: Henry II and the Church
11. Church and State in Norman England
12. Archbishop Theobald
13. Archbishop Thomas Becket
14. The Restoration of Harmony

Part IV: The Angevin Commonwealth
15. Federal Government (c. 1178-1183)
16. The End of the Reign (c. 1183-1189)

Glossary
Bibliography

Index

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 28, 2000

    Facinating Book

    Henry II was an excellent biography on one of the most enigmatic kings in English history. Warren throughly covered every aspect of Henry's reign in facinating detail. It is definitely a must read for anyone who is interested in twelfth century England or Medieval English history in general

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