Henry II: New Interpretations by Christopher Harper-Bill, Nicholas Vincent

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Henry II is the main implementing determine one of the medieval kings of britain. His fiefs and domain names prolonged from the Atlantic to the Mediterranean, and his court docket used to be frequented through the best thinkers and males of letters of his time, in addition to ambassadors from all over the place Europe. but his is a reign of paradoxes: top recognized for his dramatic conflicts together with his personal spouse and sons and with Thomas Becket, it was once additionally an important interval within the evolution of felony and governmental associations. the following specialists within the box supply major reevaluations of its most crucial points. issues comprise Henry's accession and his kin with the papacy, the French king, different rulers within the British Isles and the Norman baronage; the improvement of the typical legislation and the coinage; the court docket and its literary milieu; using Arthurian legend for political reasons; and the occupation of the younger King Henry, whereas the creation examines the historiography of the reign. members: MARTIN ALLEN, MARTIN AURELL, NICK BARRATT, PAUL model, SEAN DUFFY, ANNE DUGGAN, JEAN DUBABIN, JOHN GILLINGHAM, EDMUND KING, DANIEL strength, IAN brief, MATTHEW STRICKLAND

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What Stephen earlier could only promise, the duke could now deliver. His grants took immediate effect and were set out in detail. To men such as Earl Ranulf, the opportunity to regain Norman estates that had been lost was not to be gainsaid. This was Henry’s trump card. There are grants also as to England, as there had been before, but in Duke Henry’s charter, at more than one point, there was noted the need for judicial process before a grant could take effect. This is the second difference.  Another estate was granted unless two named individuals, seen as having a higher claim, might come to terms with the duke.

B. Patterson, ‘Robert Fitz Harding of Bristol : Profile of an Early Angevin Burgess-Baron Patrician and his Family’s Urban Involvement’, HSJ, 1 (1989), 109–22, at 113. On the authenticity of this group of Berkeley charters, see R. B. Patterson, ‘The Ducal and Royal Acta of Henry fitz Empress in Berkeley Castle’, Trans. Bristol and Gloucestershire Archaeological Society, 109 (1991), 117–37 ; J. C. Holt, ‘1153 : The Treaty of Winchester’, in The Anarchy of King Stephen’s Reign, ed. E. King (Oxford 1994), 291–316, at 294 n.

Bouet and V. Gazeau (Caen 2003), 1204 : La Normandie entre Plantagenêts et Capétiens, ed. -M. Flambard Héricher and V. Gazeau (Caen 2007). Introduction : Henry II and the Historians 21 Anglo-French history since at least the time of Lyttelton and Michelet. They have been assisted here by those English or Anglophone scholars who have themselves dared venture into the archives of Plantagenet France.  As to the essays presented in this volume, it is not my intention here to offer either a detailed précis or any attempt to impose some spurious uniformity of approach upon a collection deliberately commissioned for its diversity.

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