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Restoration and Reform, 1153–1165

Restoration and Reform, 1153–1165
Recovery from Civil War in England

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Part of Cambridge Studies in Medieval Life and Thought: Fourth Series

  • Date Published: March 2000
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521554596

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  • This book, covering the close of Stephen's reign (1135-54) and the early phase of Henry II's (1154-89), examines the government of England in the aftermath of civil war. It suggests that the extent of "anarchy" under Stephen has been exaggerated and that there was much administrative continuity from one reign to the next. Previous studies of Henry II's government have often neglected his earliest years, but here there is a reassessment of the significance of financial and judicial measures during 1163-65, as "restoration" gave way to "reform."

    • A reappraisal of the so-called 'anarchy' of the reign of King Stephen, emphasizing administrative continuity
    • Focuses unusually on administration in the reign of Henry II pre-1166, yielding new information on the recovery of estates, financial restitution, and especially judicial settlements
    • Establishes 1163–65 as an important transitional period of the reign, when 'restoration' gave way to financial and judicial reform
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    "...a well-written, clearly argued, and important book." SPECULUM

    "A useful contribution to the historiography of Henry II's reign." Medievalia et Humanistica

    "This book is a meticulous reconstruction of a little over a decade in English Medieval History." Stephanie Mooers Christlow

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    Product details

    • Date Published: March 2000
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521554596
    • length: 270 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 19 mm
    • weight: 0.57kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of abbreviations
    1. The political context
    2. The governance of England during Stephen's reign
    3. Personnel and property
    4. Financial recovery
    5. The administration of justice
    6. Conclusion

  • Author

    Graeme J. White, University College Chester

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