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Henry II

Warren, W. L.

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ISBN 10: 0520022823 / ISBN 13: 9780520022829
Published by University of California Press, Berkeley, CA, 1973
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693 p. Color Frontis. Illustrations. Maps. Chronological Survey. Note on References. Note on translations. Glossary. Bibliography. Index. From Wikipedia: "Wilfred Lewis Warren (24 August 1929 19 July 1994) was an historian of medieval England. He was a professor of modern (post-classical) history at the Queen's University, Belfast. His field was Norman and Angevin England, on which he published major works. Henry II (5 March 1133 6 July 1189), also known as Henry Curtmantle, Henry FitzEmpress or Henry Plantagenet, ruled as Count of Anjou, Count of Maine, Duke of Normandy, Duke of Aquitaine, Count of Nantes, King of England (1154 89) and Lord of Ireland; at times, he controlled Wales, Scotland and Brittany. Henry was the son of Matilda, daughter of Henry I of England. He became involved by the age of 14 in his mother's efforts to claim the throne of England, and was made Duke of Normandy at 17. He inherited Anjou in 1151 and afterwards married Eleanor of Aquitaine. Stephen agreed to a peace treaty after Henry's military expedition to England in 1153: Henry inherited the kingdom on Stephen's death a year later." Very good. No dust jacket. Cover has slight wear and soiling. Bookseller Inventory # 71166

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Title: Henry II

Publisher: University of California Press, Berkeley, CA

Publication Date: 1973

Binding: Hardcover

Edition: Presumed first edition/first printing.

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Studies the eye of the medieval English monarch, focusing upon the religious disputes and political reforms that marked his reign

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Henry II was an enigma to contemporaries, and has excited widely divergent judgements ever since. Dramatic incidents of his reign, such as his quarrel with Archbishop Becket and his troubled relations with his wife, Eleanor of Aquitaine, and his sons, have attracted the attention of historical novelists, playwrights and filmmakers, but with no unanimity of interpretation. That he was a great king there can be no doubt. Yet his motives and intentions are not easy to divine, and it is Professor Warren's contention that concentration on the great crises of the reign can lead to distortion. This book is therefore a comprehensive reappraisal of the reign based, with rare understanding, on contemporary sources; it provides a coherent and persuasive revaluation of the man and the king, and is, in itself, an eloquent and impressive achievement.

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