I like this period of history, the Dark Ages. My favourite king was always Stephen although I couldn't tell you why... I always believed him to be a weak, vacilliating king but Mr. Bradburys tome corrects this view, and many other inaccuracies as well. Information regarding the Dark ages is scant, and the research for this book must have taken a coons age to compile. Once the author is armed with the facts the reader has then to be entertained and informed in writing, and Mr. Bradbury does a more than an adequate job.
The battle of Lincoln is particually well covered but less so the White Ship saga which is glossed over rather too quickly considering the effect it had on the line of royal succession.
For anyone interested in Englands first (true) civil war, this is as good as it gets. Unless some Norman church throws up a hitherto unrevealed horde of ancient documents, Mr. Bradbury has written the last word on Stephen, Matilda and the conflict which so devasted England.