Tales from the Long Twelfth Century: The Rise and Fall of the Angevin Empire

Tales from the Long Twelfth Century: The Rise and Fall of the Angevin Empire

by Richard Huscroft


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Tales from the Long Twelfth Century: The Rise and Fall of the Angevin Empire by Richard Huscroft

This intriguing book tells the story of England’s great medieval Angevin dynasty in an entirely new way. Departing from the usual king-centric narrative, Richard Huscroft instead centers each of his chapters on the experiences of a particular man or woman who contributed to the broad sweep of events. Whether noble and brave or flawed and fallible, each participant was struggling to survive in the face of uncontrollable forces. Princes, princesses, priests, heroes, relatives, friends, and others—some well known and others obscure—all were embroiled in the drama of historic events.
Under Henry II and his sons Richard I (the Lionheart) and John, the empire rose to encompass much of the British Isles and the greater part of modern France, yet it survived a mere fifty years. Huscroft deftly weaves together the stories of individual lives to illuminate the key themes of this exciting and formative era.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780300228700
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publication date: 10/24/2017
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 1,236,126
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.70(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Richard Huscroft teaches history at Westminster School, London, and is the author of three previous books. He lives in London.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations vii

Acknowledgements ix

A Note on Money x

Prologue: A Diabolical Dynasty xix

Part 1 The Birth of an Empire

1 The Prince's Tale: William Atheling and the White Ship Disaster 3

2 The Earl's Tale: Hugh Bigod, Civil War and Royal Recovery 22

Part 2 The Growth of an Empire

3 The Disciple's Tale: Herbert of Bosham and the Becket Dispute 53

4 The Warriors Tale: Strongbow and the Invasion of Ireland 84

5 The Young King's Tale: Henry Fitzroy and his Troublesome Family 107

6 The Princess's Tale: Joan, the Crusade and the Politics of Europe 134

Part 3 The Death of an Empire

7 The Nephew's Tale: Arthur of Brittany and the Collapse of Angevin Power 171

8 The Friend's Tale: William de Briouze and the Tyranny of King John 197

9 The Exile's Tale: Stephen Langton and the Road to Magna Carta 218

10 The Matrons Tale: Nicola de la Haye and the Defence of England 244

Epilogue: Dreams and Fortune 261

Abbreviations 265

Notes 270

Suggestions for Further Reading 278

Index 285

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