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A very good book on the period,
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This review is from: Stephen and Matilda: The Civil War of 1139-53 (Paperback)
I struggled to find a book that covered this conflict. The only other ones I have seen were in hardback and expensive. There are lots of general histories of 12th century England but I wanted one devoted to the civil war.
So I bought it because it was the one that was available at the time, but was delighted when it proved to be a good read based on good research.
My assessment of the authors primary position is that Stephen deserves a higher reputation than is generally given to him by historians. He explains why some of the decisions that to us seem bad (like returning Maud to his enemies) where at the time understandable.
He also explains why there were only two battles of any size and covers the "castle war" very well.
So I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a good introduction to "The Anarchy" (the Pillars of the Earth period)
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Initial post: 30 Aug 2011 05:05:43 BDT
I. Buchan says:
I find that there is much more information available on King Stephen than there is on Maud/Matilda and yet the latter is meant to have the bloodline Royal both from her Father King Henry I of England and her grandfather on her mothers side King David of Scotland. Her son of course became rightfully in my view King Henry II of England and the first of the Plantagenate dynasty. Matilda/Maud has had the raw end of the deal both at that time and in the present - this seems to be because she was a woman - which should not be considered - after all most of the Queens did a decent job in this country including the Present Queen Elizabeth II - good health all IB
In reply to an earlier post on 26 Mar 2015 21:23:43 GMT
Hank Norville Carter says:
Emma (Queen to Ethelred and Cnute) was a gem,
Margaret of Anjou was marvellous,
Isabella of France was wonderful
and Mary I was a fantastic Queen.
If you like...
Adultery, Betrayal, Murder....
and burning hundreds of the English (and Welsh?) at the stake???
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