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King John: New Interpretations [Hardcover]

S.D. Church
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30 Nov 1999
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.

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  • Hardcover: 390 pages
  • Publisher: Boydell Press; 1 St UK edition (30 Nov 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 085115736X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0851157368
  • Product Dimensions: 24.8 x 16.5 x 3.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,007,223 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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Dr. S.D. CHURCH teaches in the Department of History at the University of East Anglia. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting read 18 Feb 2014
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Edited by my old lecturer, there are some interesting essays in this. I grew up in the town that King John died in so have always had a special interest in him
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