In the early fifteenth century, France had gone from being the strongest and most populous nation state of medieval Europe to suffering a complete internal collapse and a partial conquest by a foreign power. This book tells the story of the destruction of France by the madness of its king and the greed and violence of his family.
When Edward III died, in 1377, he was succeeded by a vulnerable child, who was destined to grow into an unstable adult presiding over a divided nation. Meanwhile France entered upon one of the most glittering periods of her medieval history. This book presents a tale of contrasting fortunes.
Details the long and violent endeavour of the English to dismember Europe's strongest state, a succession of wars that is one of the seminal chapters in European history. Beginning with the funeral of Charles IV of France in 1328, this book follows the Hundred Years War up to the surrender of Calais in 1347.
In 1461 Edward earl of March, a handsome eighteen-year old of massive charisma and ability, usurped the English throne from his vacant Lancastrian predecessor Henry VI. The years that followed witnessed a period of rule that has been described as a golden age. Yet, the author argues that Edward was a man of limited vision.
Henry V's invasion of France, in August 1415, represented a huge gamble. As heir to the throne, he had been a failure, cast into the political wilderness amid rumours that he planned to depose his father. This book explores how Henry's efforts to expunge his past failures, and his experience of crisis - which threatened to ruin everything.
A major contribution to the economic and social history of a mysterious period, the years around 1500, using new evidence and methods of analysis. Presents a fresh and engaging view of history by highlighting an individual, John Heritage.
Argues for a new interpretation of the seventeenth-century Scottish revolution that goes beyond questions about its radicalism, and reconsiders its place within an overarching 'British' narrative. The narrative links the forging of a distinct political and religious culture to the emergence of an autonomous Scottish state.
Royal Tudor blood ran in her veins. Some thought Margaret Douglas, Countess of Lennox, should be queen of England. She ranked high at the court of her uncle, Henry VIII, and was lady of honour to five of his wives. Beautiful and tempestuous, she created scandal - twice - by falling in love with unsuitable men.
A biography that provides the most authoritative picture yet of King Stephen, whose reign (1135-1154), with its 'nineteen long winters' of civil war, made his name synonymous with failed leadership. After years of work on the sources, the author shows with clarity the strengths and weaknesses of the monarch.
This biography provides a comprehensive reappraisal of Henry II, the man and king. W.L. Warren explores a whole range of contemporary sources to illuminate the king's policy and personality, as well as the events of his reign.
Presents the life of Henry VII, how he ran his government, how his authority was maintained, and the nature of the country over which he ruled since he claimed the throne in 1485. This book explores how Henry's reign was important in stabilizing the English monarchy and providing sound financial and institutional basis for later developments.
This lavishly illustrated, multi-disciplinary volume approaches the Elizabethan world thematically. It conveys a vivid picture of how politics, religion, science, popular culture, the world of work and social practices fit together in an exciting world of change.
The story of Abelard and Heloise remains one of the world's most celebrated and tragic love affairs. This title follows the path of their romance from its reckless and ecstatic beginnings when Heloise became Abelard's pupil, through the suffering of public scandal and enforced secret marriage, to their eventual separation.
Henry of Huntingdon's History is a major source for events in England and Normandy during his lifetime, including the Battle of Hastings, the reigns of William II, Henry I, and Stephen, written with panache and passion and embellished with anecdotes such as Henry's death from a surfeit of lampreys, and Cnut and the waves.
Governing by Virtue asks how a monarchy with no police force, no standing army, and little bureaucracy could rule England in the second half of the sixteenth century. Queen Elizabeth was the supreme ruler, but her chief manager Lord Burghley depended heavily on the virtue and honour of the ruling classes to keep the peace and defend the realm.
Known as 'the anarchy', the reign of Stephen, saw England plunged into a civil war that illuminated the fatal flaw in the powerful Norman monarchy, that without clear rules ordering succession, conflict between members of William the Conqueror's family were inevitable. This book deals with Stephen's life and work.
As a successor to William the Conqueror it was William Rufus who had to establish permanent Norman rule. A ruthless man, he frequently argued with his older brother Robert over their father's inheritance - but he also handed out effective justice, leaving as his legacy one of the most extraordinary of all medieval buildings, Westminster Hall.
Drawing on the rich historical collections of the British Library - including two original copies of Magna Carta from 1215 - the catalogue brings to life the history and contemporary resonance of this globally important document and features treasured artefacts inspired by the rich legacy of Magna Carta
Katherine Swynford was first the mistress, and later the wife, of John of Gaunt, the Duke of Lancaster. This book rescues Katherine from the footnotes of history, highlighting her key dynastic position within the English monarchy.
A study of 16th and 17th century Europe and the fundamental changes which led to the collapse of Christendom and established the geographical and political frameworks of Western Europe as we know it. From peasants to princes, no one was untouched by the spiritual and intellectual upheaval of this era.
This volume provides a collection of sources dealing with the role of noble women in medieval society. It highlights the significant role played by these women within their families, households, estates and communities and examines changes in their role and activities between 1066 and 1500.
This is a study of noblewomen in 12th-century England and Normandy, and of the ways in which they exercised power. It offers a reconceptualization of women's role in aristocratic society, and in doing so suggests original ways of looking at lordship and the ruling elite in the high Middle Ages.
This in-depth study of the important but neglected writer Anthony Munday fills a long-standing gap in our knowledge and understanding of London and its culture in the early modern period. It will be of interest to historians, literary scholars and cultural geographers. -- .
A study of five remarkable sixteenth-century women. Part of the select group of Tudor women allowed access to formal humanist education, the Cooke sisters were also well-connected through their marriages to influential Elizabethan politicians.
Eleanor, Duchess of Aquitaine was one of the leading personalities of the Middle Ages, and also one of the most controversial. Having inherited a vast feudal domain stretching from the Loire to the Pyrenees, she was one of the greatest heiresses in history. This biography offers a perspective on this woman.
One of the most powerful monarchs in British history, Henry VIII ruled England in unprecedented splendour. This biography brings Henry's six wives to life, revealing each as a distinct and compelling personality in her own right.
On the night of 10 February 1567, an explosion devastated the Edinburgh residence of Henry Stewart, Lord Darnley, second husband of Mary, Queen of Scots. Those arriving at the scene of devastation found, in the garden, the naked corpses of Darnley and his valet. Neither had died in the explosion, but both bodies bore marks of strangulation.
Tells the biography of Henry VIII that is set against the cultural, social and political background of his court - the most spectacular court ever seen in England - and the splendour of his many sumptuous palaces.
The war between the houses of Lancaster and York for the throne of England was characterised by treachery, deceit and at St Albans, Blore Hill and Towton, some of the bloodiest and dramatic battles on England's soil. This title presents an account that focuses on the human side of history, on the people and personalities involved in the conflict.
aeo The first comprehensive and fully--researched biography of Matilda ever published in English. aeo Written by the worlda s leading Anglo--Norman scholar. aeo The first comprehensive and fully--researched biography of Matilda ever published in English. aeo Written by the worlda s leading Anglo--Norman scholar.
A biography of King Stephen (1134-54), the last Norman monarch whose reign was key in English history as well as the subject of much controversial assessment. Traditionally regarded as a period of anarchy and civil war, recent research has presented a more balanced perspective.
Exactly 150 years after the Norman Conquest of England in 1066, history came extremely close to repeating itself when another army set sail from the Continent with the intention of imposing foreign rule on England.