Plantagenet England 1225-1360

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In this thorough and illuminating work, Michael Prestwich provides a comprehensive study of Plantagenet England, a dramatic and turbulent period which saw many changes. In politics it saw Simon de Montfort's challenge to the crown in Henry II's reign and it witnessed the deposition of Edward I. In contrast, it also saw the highly successful rules of Edward I and his grandson, Edward III. Political institutions were transformed with the development of parliament and war was a dominant theme: Wales was conquered and the Scottish Wars of Independence started in Edward I's reign, and under Edward III there were triumphs at Crécy and Poitiers. Outside of politics, English society was developing a structure, from the great magnates at the top to the peasantry at the bottom. Economic changes were also significant, from the expansionary period of the thirteenth century to years of difficulty in the fourteenth century, culminating in the greatest demographic disaster of historical times, the Black Death. In this volume in the New Oxford History of England Michael Prestwich brings this fascinating century to life.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780198228448
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 9/15/2005
  • Series: New Oxford History of England Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 664
  • Product dimensions: 9.10 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 1.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael Prestwich has taught at Oxford and the University of St. Andrews before moving to the University of Durham in 1979. He has been Professor of History since 1986 and from 1992 to 1999 he was Pro-Vice-Chancellor.

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Table of Contents

1 The environment 3
2 The crown and kingship 27
3 Government 55
4 Politics under Henry III 81
5 Reconstruction and reform, 1266-1294 121
6 Wales 141
7 Political crises, 1294-1311 165
8 Times of trouble, 1311-1330 188
9 Scotland 227
10 England under Edward III 266
11 England and France 292
12 The armies of Edward III's French war 328
13 The great lords 353
14 The knights and the gentry 389
15 Landownership and the law 414
16 The management of land 427
17 The peasantry 444
18 The towns 468
19 Trade and merchants 491
20 Crime and punishment 507
21 Population and the black death 529
22 Conclusion 554
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