Henry II: New Interpretations

Henry II: New Interpretations

Edited by Christopher Harper-Bill, Nicholas Vincent

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Boydell Press

Overview

Overview

Survey of the reign of Henry II, offering a range of new evaluations and interpretations.
Henry II is the most imposing figure among the medieval kings of England. His fiefs and domains extended from the Atlantic to the Mediterranean, and his court was frequented by the greatest thinkers and men of letters of his time, besides ambassadors from all over Europe. Yet his is a reign of paradoxes: best known for his dramatic conflicts with his own wife and sons and with Thomas Becket, it was also a crucial period in the evolution of legal and governmental institutions. Here experts in the field provide significant reevaluations of its most important aspects. Topics include Henry's accession and his relations with the papacy, the French king, other rulers in the British Isles and the Norman baronage; the development of the common law and the coinage; the court and its literary milieu; the use of Arthurian legend for political purposes; and the career of the Young King Henry, while the introduction examines the historiography of the reign.

CONTRIBUTORS: MARTIN ALLEN, MARTIN AURELL, NICK BARRATT, PAUL BRAND, SEAN DUFFY, ANNE DUGGAN, JEAN DUBABIN, JOHN GILLINGHAM, EDMUND KING, DANIEL POWER, IAN SHORT, MATTHEW STRICKLAND

CHRISTOPHER HARPER-BILL and NICHOLAS VINCENT are Professors of Medieval History at the University of East Anglia.

Details

November 2007
3 black and white, 2 line illustrations
422 pages
23.4x15.6 cm
ISBN: 9781843833406
Format: Hardback
Library eBook
Boydell Press
BIC HBJD1, 1DBKE, 2AB, 3H
BISAC HIS037010
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Table of Contents

Introduction: Henry II and the Historians
The Accession of Henry II - Edmund King
Henry II and Louis VII - Jean Dunbabin
Doing Homage to the King of France - John B Gillingham
Henry, Duke of the Normans (1149/50-1189) - Daniel Power
Henry II and England's Insular Neighbours - Sean Duffy
Henry II, the English Church and the Papacy, 1154-1176 - Anne J. Duggan
On the Instruction of a Prince: The Upbringing of Henry, the Young King - Matthew J Strickland
Henry II and the Creation of the English Common Law - Paul Brand
Finance and the Economy in the Reign of Henry II - Nick Barratt
Henry II and the English Coinage - Martin Allen
The Court of Henry II - Nicholas Vincent
Literary Culture at the Court of Henry II - Ian Short
Henry II and Arthurian Legend - Martin Aurell
Index

Reviews

Gives the reader samples of many of the strands in the scholarship on the Angevin empire, and contains a number of valuable articles. JOURNAL OF BRITISH STUDIES
Exceptional in the range and quality of the papers..(An) Excellent volume. ENGLISH HISTORICAL REVIEW

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