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Who's Who in Early Medieval England, 1066-1272 (Who's Who in British History) [Hardcover]

Christopher Tyerman

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1 Jan 1999 0856830917 978-0856830914 1st Edition
This is part of an eight-volume series providing short biographies of men and women from Roman to Victorian times. Each entry places the subject in the context of their age and evokes what was distinctive and interesting about their personality and achievement. The biographies are arranged in a broadly chronological rather than alphabetical sequence so that the reader may easily browse from one contemporary to the next. The index, with its many cross-references, reveals further linkages between contemporaries. Each volume is a portrait of an age, presenting history in a biographical form which complements the conventional approach.

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Highly recommended for all history lovers, students - and indeed historical novelists -- Sarah Broadhurst The Bookseller An eminently readable collection of biographical essays. Good Book Guide --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Christopher Tyerman is a Research Fellow and lecturer at the University of Oxford. He is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and won the Society's Alexander Prize Medal in 1981. His previously published work, England and the Crusades 1095-1588 (University of Chicago Press, 1988), has now appeared in paperback. He has also contributed reviews, articles and essays to various publications. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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WILLIAM I, known as the Bastard or the Conqueror (c.1028-1087; duke of Normandy 1035-1087; king of England 1066-87) exemplified with unsurpassed clarity a favored theme of medieval writers, the unexpected turns of Fortune's wheel. Read the first page
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4.0 out of 5 stars A fine schematic of a strange society at work 19 Dec 2008
By Robert Fripp - Published on Amazon.com
I attest that the copy on the back flap is correct: "...entries of the subjects are placed in the contexts of their time and the chronological arrangements foster a sense of intimacy and narrative, allowing readers to read...from cover to cover and to gain new insights into the particular era's history." Let's underline that reference to "intimacy and narrative". I have only read this single volume from a series of eight. However, after reading Christopher Tyerman's essays in "Who's Who in Early Medieval England..." it is clear that he has a gift for condensing factual information (one might say distilling it) while laying bare the family, social, political and military networks that fashioned this strangest, most brutal, most religious of times.

Alliances were everything. Never forget the meaning of "alliance" in its medieval context: it signified a wedding ring. If Tyerman seems surprisingly detailed in showing who was related to whom, and to what degree, it is because he understands the intricate systems of alliances and hostilities (hatreds, envies and resentments) lubricating the workings of a crazed age. Had the author strayed a few degrees off course this tome could have been pedantic, but it is not. Networks and their obligations drove the restless, mad, often violent, sometimes compassionate feudal machine, and Tyerman demonstrates his fluent command of how wheels within wheels went to work. "Who's Who in Early Medieval England..." occasionally seems to combine the essences of The Plantagenet Chronicles and a sort of medieval People magazine. This is a very effective book.

Robert Fripp, author of
"Power of a Woman. Memoirs of a turbulent life: Eleanor of Aquitaine"
5.0 out of 5 stars Who's Who in Early Medieval England 12 April 2014
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Very informative and will be used as a reference resource while working on my family tree. Great information on dates and families.
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