England and its Rulers: 1066 - 1307 by Michael T. Clanchy

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By Michael T. Clanchy

This is an up-to-date and accelerated version of a vintage creation to medieval England from the reign of William the Conqueror to Edward I.

  • Includes a brand new bankruptcy on kinfolk and gender roles, revisions all through to augment the narrative circulation, and extra interpreting sections containing the main up to date sources
  • Offers enticing and transparent dialogue of the main political, fiscal, social, and cultural problems with the interval, by means of an esteemed pupil and writer
  • Illustrates subject matters with full of life, pertinent examples and significant basic sources
  • Assesses the reigns of key Norman, Angevin, and Plantagenet monarchs, in addition to the British size of English historical past, the production of wealth, the increase of the aristocracy, and more

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This proportion increased to 62 per cent by 1110, 66 per cent by 1148 and 82 per cent by 1207. Comparable rates of increase occur at Canterbury, where about 75 per cent of the names listed in the rent surveys of the 1160s are non-English and this increases to about 90 per cent by 1206. Greater foreign influence would of course be felt in Winchester and Canterbury than elsewhere, as these two cities were respectively the governmental and ecclesiastical centres of the Anglo-Norman lordship. What is most significant in these figures is the increase in the twelfth century.

By the time William the Conqueror was born, however (in 1027 or 1028), the Normans had created a distinct identity for themselves. Their earliest historian Dudo of St Quentin recorded a story about the homage done by Rollo to Charles the Simple. The Frankish bishops insisted that Rollo should kneel down and kiss the king’s foot. Rollo refused, although he permitted one of his warriors to approach the king. This man indeed kissed the royal foot, but he did so without kneeling down by tipping the king backwards off his throne amidst the laughter of the Normans.

It voices the bitter helplessness of the labourers in the fields, who contended with the arbitrariness of nature exacerbated by the demands of lords. A particular point of resentment against William the Conqueror was his introduction of the forest laws. The Chronicle’s verse obituary devoted its principal attention to this. William protected deer and wild boar and let the hares run free by contrast with his meanness to people. In fact both Cnut and Edward the Confessor had maintained royal forests.

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