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England and Its Rulers 1066-1307, 3rd Edition

ISBN: 978-1-4051-0649-8
360 pages
September 2006, ©2006, Wiley-Blackwell
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England and its Rulers has established itself as an attractive and authoritative account of English history from 1066. For this third edition, three new chapters have been added, the bibliography and suggested further reading sections have been fully updated, and additions and amendments have been made throughout.

  • New edition of the standard introduction to this popular period of English history.
  • Assesses the reigns of successive monarchs including William the Conqueror, Henry I, Richard the Lionheart, and King John.
  • Includes an epilogue on the reign of Edward I (1272-1307).
  • Three new chapters examine the social and economic history of the period and the British dimension of English history.
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Preface to Third Edition.

Preface to Second Edition.

Preface to First Edition.

Map 1 England and France.

Map 2 England and the Mediterranean.

Map 3 Edward I's kingdom in Britain.

1. England's Place in Medieval Europe.

Part I: The Normans (1066-1135):.

2. The Norman Conquest (1066-87).

3. Norman Government (1087-1135).

4. Church Reform.

5. The Creation of Wealth.

Part II: The Angevins (1135-99):.

6. Struggles for the Kingdom (1135-99).

7. Law and Order.

8. The Twelfth-Century Renaissance.

9. The Matter of Britain.

Part III: The Poitevins (1199-1272):.

10. King John and the Minority of Henry III (1199-1227).

11. The Personal Rule of Henry III (1227-58).

12. National Identity.

13. The Commune of England (1258-72).

14. Lordship and the Structure of Society.

15. Epilogue: Edward I (1272-1307).

Notes.

Genealogical Tables.

Normans and Angevins.

The Savoyards.

Suggestions for Further Reading.

Index.
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M. T. Clanchy is Professor Emeritus of Medieval History at the Institute of Historical Research, University of London, and a Fellow of the British Academy. He taught at the University of Glasgow 1964-85. He is the author of From Memory to Written Record: England 1066-1307 (Blackwell second edition, 1993) and Abelard: A Medieval Life (Blackwell, 1997). He is the editor (with Betty Radice) of The Letters of Abelard and Heloise (2003).
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  • New edition of the standard introduction to this popular period of English history.
  • Three new chapters examine the social and economic history of the period and the British dimension of English history.
  • Assesses the reigns of successive monarchs including William the Conqueror, Henry I, Richard the Lionheart, and King John.
  • Includes an epilogue on the reign of Edward I (1272-1307).
  • Suggestions for further reading have been fully updated, while additions and amendments have been made throughout.
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"An excellent treatment of political developments from the Conquest through the death of Edward I that is informed by [Clanchy's] wide knowledge of the written sources for the period." (Sixteenth Century Journal, Summer 2009)

"[This] is the third edition of a much admired textbook which has already introduced countless students to the period yet remains fresh and full of imulating insights. For this edition Clanchy has updated the existing chapters and added excellent new ones on the economy, lordship, and England’s position in Britain." (Annual Bulletin of Historical Literature, December 2008)

"Michael Clanchy is an engaging writer whose work is always notable for its clarity without oversimplifying the key academic debates. The third edition of this excellent survey text is no exception." (Journal of the Australian Early Medieval Association, Volume 4, 2008)

"MT Clanchy's supremely well-written account of the nation and its kings during this period retains its excellent introduction to the development of England after the Normans, but the three new chapters make it even more pertinent reading. Given current concerns over Britishness, this is a lively addition to the debate on where Britain's national identity derives from." (BBC History Magazine)

"A very good introduction to medieval England. The questions Clanchy raises, his frequent challenges to the views of other historians, his thoughtful and learned discussions of major issues in the history of medieval England, and his generous and explicit use of primary sources all combine to offer rich material for reflection and discussion." (Medieval Review)

"MT Clanchy's supremely well-written account of the nation and its kings during this period retains its excellent introduction to the development of England after the Normans, but the three new chapters make it even more pertinent reading. Given current concerns over Britishness, this is a lively addition to the debate on where Britain's national identity derives from."
BBC History Magazine

"A very good introduction to medieval England. The questions Clanchy raises, his frequent challenges to the views of other historians, his thoughtful and learned discussions of major issues in the history of medieval England, and his generous and explicit use of primary sources all combine to offer rich material for reflection and discussion."
Medieval Review

"The third edition of England and its Rulers is much more than 'just' a textbook. It is, hands down, the liveliest, the most accessible and the most consistently interesting account we have of the multicultural influences that shaped the medieval English polity, and that made medieval England such a distinct and peculiar kingdom within the British Isles. There is a freshness and a breadth of vision and reference in Michael Clanchy's judgments that sets this book apart from all its competitors."
Robert C. Stacey, University of Washington

"Marvellously lucid, often provocative, and always aware that England's history must be discussed in its European context, this remains a superb book to stimulate interest. And the addition of three new chapters, on the creation of wealth, the matter of Britain, and lordship deepens the treatment and adds a further lively treatment of subjects very topical with historians at the moment."
David Bates, Institute of Historical Research

"England and its Rulers wins its third edition on merit, and my students will relish it, as they did the previous ones. It has been the best kind of textbook, the kind that gives the genuinely new reader the material needed to enter an alien world ... .The young will savor these pages and surely ask for more."
Paul Hyams, Cornell University

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