The Anarchy of King Stephen's Reign by Edmund King - PDF and EPUB eBook

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The reign of King Stephen (1135-54) is famous as a period of weak government, when Stephen and his rival Empress Matilda...

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Exact title of the book
The Anarchy of King Stephen's Reign
Book author
Edmund King
Book edition
Hardcover
Number of pages
368 pages
Language
English
Published
July 1st 1996 by OUP Oxford
File size (in PDF)
1472 kB
The Anarchy of King Stephen's Reign

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The reign of King Stephen (1135-54) is famous as a period of weak government, when Stephen and his rival Empress Matilda contended for power in a succession dispute. During his reign, Stephen lost control over Normandy, the Welsh marches, and much of the North. Even though Stephen remained king for his lifetime, leading churchmen and laymen negotiated a settlement whereby the crown passed to the Empress's son, the future Henry II.

This volume by leading scholars is a study of medieval kingship at its most vulnerable and explains how the English monarchy was able to survive the anarchy of King Stephen's reign.