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Judith Green argues that although Henry's primary concern was defence of his inheritance, it did not preclude expansion where circumstances were propitious, notably into Welsh territory. His skillful dealings with the Scots permitted consolidation of Norman rule in the northern counties of England, while in Normandy every sinew was strained to defend frontiers through political alliances and stone castles. Green claims that although Henry's own outlook was essentially traditional, the legacy of this fascinating but repellent personality included some hugely significant developments in governance.Read more
- The first complete narrative history of Henry's reign to be written in over a hundred years
- A full account of Henry's colourful life, including violence, and sexual and political intrigue
- Offers a fresh interpretation of Henry's court, administration and legacy of governance
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"A valuable and sure-handed synthesis."
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"[Henry I] will provide a useful introduction to his reign and to the Anglo-Norman world of the late eleventh and early twelfth century to both undergraduate and graduate students."
-David Stewart Bachrach, University of New Hampshire, Journal of Medieval Studies
"Judith A. Green, who first made her mark with an excellent book on Henry I's government in England...has since written on various topics, many of which shed light on Henry's reign, and she is therefore highly qualified to write this biography."
-Hugh M. Thomas, American Historical Review
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- Date Published: May 2009
- format: Paperback
- isbn: 9780521744522
- length: 406 pages
- dimensions: 226 x 150 x 20 mm
- weight: 0.66kg
- contains: 1 b/w illus. 9 maps 9 tables
- availability: Available
Table of Contents
Introduction: a surfeit of lampreys
1. 'Born in the purple'
2. 'By the grace of God, king of the English'
3. Testing times, 1101–3
4. The conquest of Normandy, 1104–7
5. Reform and reconstruction, 1107–8
6. Defence of his dominions, 1108–15
7. Triumph and disaster, 1116–20
8. Surviving the wreck, 1120–4
9. Matilda and the succession, 1125–8
10. Rescuing the marriage, 1129–35
11. The ruler
12. 'Guardian of the church'
13. The court and court culture
Conclusion: 'once the peace and glory of the world'.
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