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Clash of crowns : William the Conqueror, Richard Lionheart, and Eleanor of Aquitaine : a story of bloodshed, betrayal, and revenge

Author: Mary Sperling McAuliffe
Publisher: Lanham, Md. : Rowman & Littlefield, 2012.
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"Conflict between England and France was a fact of life for centuries, but few realize that its origins date from the time of the Vikings, when a Norse chieftain named Rollo established himself and his progeny in Normandy. In this compelling and entertaining history, Mary McAuliffe takes the reader back to those dark and turbulent times when Rollo's descendants, the dukes of Normandy, asserted their dominance over  Read more...
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Named Person: Richard, King of England; Philip, King of France; House of Plantagenet
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Mary Sperling McAuliffe
ISBN: 9781442214712 1442214716 9781442214736 1442214732
OCLC Number: 749855618
Description: xiii, 264 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Merlin's prophecy --
Turning point --
Rollo the Viking --
Fathers and sons --
The virgin and the queen --
The golden table of Sicily --
To Jerusalem! --
The lion at bay --
A world of enemies --
Lionheart's return --
The rock of Andely --
The treasure of Chalus --
Philip and John --
Lionheart's proud daughter.
Responsibility: Mary McAuliffe.

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"Conflict between England and France was a fact of life for centuries, but few realize that its origins date from the time of the Vikings, when a Norse chieftain named Rollo established himself and his progeny in Normandy. In this compelling and entertaining history, Mary McAuliffe takes the reader back to those dark and turbulent times when Rollo's descendants, the dukes of Normandy, asserted their dominance over the weak French monarchy--a dominance that became especially threatening after Duke William conquered England in 1066, giving him a royal crown. Despite this crown, William the Conqueror and his royal successors remained dukes of Normandy, with feudal obligations to their overlord, the king of France. This naturally fostered an ongoing hostility between the French and English crowns that, as McAuliffe convincingly shows, became ever more explosive as the strength and territorial holdings of the English monarchs grew. Conflict erupted regularly over the years, and Eleanor of Aquitaine's desertion of one camp for the other only added fuel to the long-simmering feud. McAuliffe takes the reader back to this dramatic era, providing the fascinating background and context for this 'clash of crowns.' She offers colorful insights into Richard Lionheart and Eleanor of Aquitaine as well as lesser-known French and English monarchs, especially Philip II of France. Philip proved a determined opponent of Richard Lionheart, and their cutthroat rivalry not only created fatal divisions within the Third Crusade but also culminated in an incendiary faceoff at Richard's newly built Château-Gaillard, the seemingly impregnable gateway to empire. The outcome would shape the course of English and French history throughout the centuries that followed"--Provided by publisher.

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A rattling good read that captures the mood of the age. -- John France, Swansea University McAuliffe's well-researched and detailed newest ... recounts the familial and political tensions between Read more...

 
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