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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic; 2 edition (29 Dec. 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340741155
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340741153
  • Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 0.9 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 360,388 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Brimming with argument and controversy every inch of the way... a book which everyone interested in the period should read. (Nigel Saul in History Today)

A model of how to write medieval history. (Peregrine Horden in British Book News)

The Angevin Empire is much more that a synthesis: it stands as a work of original research. (H.E. Mayer in Deutsches Archiv)

This concise, lucid and lively book provides readers with more than just a precise account; as the product of the author's own reflection, it will stimulate them to make up their own minds. (Jean-Phillipe Genet in Le Moyen Age)

A prime example of how to write history in a lively and interesting style. (France in Print)

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John Gillingham taught history at the London School of Economics, University of London

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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Matthieu Nogues on 9 Nov. 2006
Format: Paperback
With only 160 pages you'll be able to cope with that book faster than you could expect, but you should not believe that this book is not interesting. Many points raised are fairly pertinents and Gilligham goes straight to the point. There are no unbacked assertions although there are some points that could have deserved some more attention, like Thomas Beckett or Basile (the knight responsible for Richard I's death). But in the optic of the book, which is to strictly describe the political structure and important political evolutions, they can be regarded as dispensable.

It's simple, everything is referenced and that's highly appreciable, you can read that book and be sure you're not reading a "tabloid version" of the history.

I wouldn't put it, alone, as an absolute reference but you can then expand your reading to more specific details. The end of the book as a rather interesting list on more specific matters which people really interested in the matter should definately check.

Also some events before the "Angevin Empire" like the Norman Conquest could have deserved some more attention but then again it is not the purpose of this book.

Conclusion: If you buy this book you will read only, and strictly only, on the political structures and evolutions of the Angevin Empire. Only on political events that had direct consequences on its geopolitical status and the rest will be just mentioned. But then about the matter it definately doesn't wander around about other issues and maybe not so relevant points (yet not uninteresting).

5 stars for me, mentioning the English used in the book is fairly accessible even to foreign readers (like me).
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By Rabs on 20 April 2015
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Bought as a present for someone interested in this era of English history.
They have been reading with interest and will blend in with other books bought at same time.
This one is in better condition. Cannot say much more as I am not reading this book.
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0 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Sheila on 18 April 2014
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have not read this book yet, but have been interested in the Plantagenets who came after so I thought this would be useful
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A short but perfect book about the Angevin Empires 18 Jan. 2012
By Rogerio de O. Souza - Published on Amazon.com
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I finished the reading of the 1st edition of this short but great book of John Gilligham (Holmes and Meier Publishers, Inc. 1984). I like this period of History, specially the adventures and deeds of the Plantegenet Family. We read about Henry II, her sons (Richard, the Lionheart and JOhn the Lackland), Eleanor and so on. Gilligham is a good schollar of Medieval England and Europe and bring us to the past in a singular way. His book is easy to read and to understand but anyone who intends to know more will need to look for Gilligham's other books about the same subject. Gilligham organizes the book in seven chapters and a conclusion. This ediction still brings three maps and a genealogical table and a good bibliographical indications for further readings. Highly recommended reading.
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