King John

King John

New Interpretations

Edited by S.D. Church

Paperback
$29.95

Boydell Press

Overview

Overview

New studies of aspects of John's reign, both personal and political.
The reign of King John (1199-1216) is one of the most controversial in English history. When he succeeded to Richard the Lionheart's lands, he could legitimately claim to rule half modern France as well as England and Ireland; but by the time of his death his dominion lay in tatters, and his subjects had banded together to restrict his powers as king under the Magna Carta and to overthrow him in favour of the son of the king of France.
Over the centuries his reign has provided politicians and historians with fertile ground for inspiration and argument, and this volume adds to the debate, offering the most recent ideas and arguments from leading historians on the subject, and covering all the major issues involved. It is coherently formulated around explorations of the two major events of his reign: the loss of his continental inheritance, and the ending of his reign in the disaster of civil war. Topics cover all aspects of his life and career, from his reputation, the economy, the Norman aristocracy, the Church, Justice and the Empire, to his mother Eleanor of Aquitaine and his wife Isabella of Angouleme. It will be essential reading for all interested in one of the most significant periods of English history.

Articles by J.L. BOLTON, NICK BARRATT, JIM BRADBURY, S.D. CHURCH, SEAN DUFFY, A.A.M. DUNCAN, NATALIE FRYDE, JOHN GILLINGHAM, CHRISTOPHER HARPER-BILL, PAUL LATIMER, SIMONE LAVABRE, JANE MARTINDALE, V.D. MOSS, DANIEL POWER, IFOR W. ROWLANDS, RALPH V. TURNER, NICHOLAS VINCENT.

Professor S.D. CHURCH teaches in the Department of History at the University of East Anglia.

Details

2 line illustrations
390 pages
23.4x15.6 cm
Paperback, 9780851157368, November 1999
Paperback, 9780851159478, July 2003
Boydell Press
BIC HBLC1
BISAC HIS010000
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Table of Contents

Historians without Hindsight: Coggeshall, Diceto and Howden on the Early Years of King John's Reign - John B Gillingham
The English Economy in the Early Thirteenth Century - Jim L Bolton
Early Thirteenth-Century Prices - Simone Lavabre
Early Thirteenth Century Prices - Paul Latimer
The Revenues of John and Philip Augustus Revisited - Nick Barratt
The Norman Exchequer Rolls of King John - Vincent Moss
King John and the Norman Aristocracy - Daniel Power
Eleanor of Aquitaine: The Last Years - Jane P. Martindale
Isabella of Angouleme: John's Jezebel - Nicholas C. Vincent
John and Ireland - Sean Duffy
John King of England and the Kings of Scots - Archibald A M Duncan
King John and Wales - Ifor W Rowlands ***
John and the Church of Rome - Christopher Harper-Bill
John and Justice - Ralph Turner
King John and the Empire - Natalie Fryde
Philip Augustus and King John: Personality and History - Jim Bradbury

Reviews

Level, useful small-scale studies which enhance...our view of the king.... We learn new things about John and the Empire, and Wales, Scotland and Ireland, and also about the ladies in John's life... a rounded collection of essays. ENGLISH HISTORICAL REVIEW An immensely valuable corpus of recent research, consistently of the highest order... destined to be extensively - and justifiable - cited. HISTORY This excellent volume restores balance to our view of John and his reign. ALBIONA

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