This work by Augustin Thierry (1795-1856) on the Norman conquest of England was first published in French in 1825, the two-volume translation into English following in 1847. Thierry employed a relatively new technique in historiography, as he consulted only original texts and documents, and insisted upon interpreting the sources in as much detail as possible. He was adamant that the events, ideas and political positions he chronicled should be interpreted in their own terms and not subjected to a limited nineteenth-century perspective. In Volume 2, Thierry widens his scope, and while his main focus continues to be on England in the period 1137 to 1196, he also considers the consequences of the Norman Conquest on Scotland, Wales, Ireland and France. The volume contains a number of fascinating appendices, ranging from the correspondence of Thomas Becket to a popular ballad telling of the birth of Robin Hood.
Table of Contents
8. From the Battle of the Standard to the insurrection of the Poitevins and Bretons against Henry II. 1137-1189; 9. From the origin of the quarrel between King Henry II and Archbishop Thomas Beket, to the murder of the archbishop; 10. From the invasion of Ireland by the Normans established in England to the death of Henry II. 1171-1189; 11. From the accession of King Richard I to the execution of the Saxon, William Longbeard. 1190-1196; Conclusion: 1. The continental Normans and Bretons; the Angevins and the population of Southern Gaul; 2. The inhabitants of Wales; 3. The Scots; 4. The native Irish and the Anglo-Norman Irish; 5. The Anglo-Normans and the English by race; Appendices; Index.