The Devil's Crown: History of Henry II and His Sons Paperback – 21 Jan 1997
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Not only is detail about the presumptive main characters lacking, but also is detail on the effects the actions of rulers, the main characters, have on the people as a whole.
This book might have served as an outline for two or three really good books. Unless buying for you seventh or eigth-grader, I suggest looking elsewhere.
What Barber has done is create a brief overview of the lives of Henry II and his many sons. With the main body of the text coming in at around 160 pages interspersed with pictures and maps, this book only hits the highlights but it is easy and enjoyable to read. Barber is also able to maintain a balanced approach even when discussing some of the more volatile events such as the murder of Becket and the creation of Magna Carta.
Despite its brevity, Barber is able to create a very whole picture of these years of Angevin rule. Anyone looking for a good introduction to a fascinating period of history would be hard pressed to find a better book.
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