Three Crises in Early English History: Personalities and Politics During the Norman Conquest, the Reign of King John, and the Wars of the Roses

Three Crises in Early English History: Personalities and Politics During the Norman Conquest, the Reign of King John, and the Wars of the Roses

by Michael V.C. Alexander
     
 

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Three Crises in Early English History gives a clear, concise, and up-to-date account of the three crises in early English history beginning with the Norman Conquest which began with the battle of Hastings and ended in William the Conqueror's Suppression of the Yorkshire rebels in 1071. There is a detailed account of the positive and negative effects of the Conquest

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Three Crises in Early English History gives a clear, concise, and up-to-date account of the three crises in early English history beginning with the Norman Conquest which began with the battle of Hastings and ended in William the Conqueror's Suppression of the Yorkshire rebels in 1071. There is a detailed account of the positive and negative effects of the Conquest on English government. A special effort is made to explain King John's judicial and financial expedients, which collectively drove a determined minority of the country's baronage into the open rebellion that led to the sixty-three clauses of the Magna Carta. The book concludes with four connected essays of the Wars of the Roses, which resulted from England's defeat in the Hundred Years' War and the ineffectual rule of Henry VI and lasting a whole generation. Here these complicated episodes and the colorful figures involved, like Richard of York, Warwick the Kingmaker, and Edward the IV are laid out clearly for the reader.

Editorial Reviews

Albion - Boyd Breslow
Alexander accomplishes his goal of providing an easil y comprehensible political account for undergraduates...
Booknews
Bridges the gap between the brief coverage of the events in textbooks of English history and whole books on each, which students often lack both the money and the time to read. Also offers general readers succinct accounts along with analysis and discussion of recent scholarship. Examines the events leading up to the 11th-century establishment of Norman kings, the 1205 signing of the Magna Carta, and the beginning of the Tudor dynasty in 1485. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
Albion
Alexander accomplishes his goal of providing an easil y comprehensible political account for undergraduates...
— Boyd Breslow, Florida Atlantic University

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780761811886
Publisher:
UPA
Publication date:
08/20/1998
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
5.24(w) x 8.52(h) x 0.59(d)

Meet the Author

Michael VanCleave Alexander is Associate Professor of History at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.

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