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The struggle for mastery : Britain 1066-1284

Author: David Carpenter
Publisher: London : Allen Lane, 2003.
Series: Penguin history of Britain, 3.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"The years from 1066 - marking the Norman conquest of England - to 1284 - when the English conquered Wales - were momentous ones in the history of Britain. In this comprehensive synthesis canvasing the peoples, economics, religion, languages and political leadership of medieval Britain, David Carpenter weaves together the histories of England, Scotland, and Wales. Arguing that English domination of the kingdom was  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: David Carpenter
ISBN: 0713990651 9780713990652
OCLC Number: 52326984
Description: 615 pages : maps ; 24 cm.
Contents: 1. The Peoples of Britain --
2. The Economies of Britain --
3. The Norman Conquest of Britain --
4. Wales, Scotland and the Normans, 1058-94 --
5. Britain and the Anglo-Norman Realm, 1087-1135 --
6. Britain Remodelled: King Stephen, 1135-54, King David, 1124-53, and the Welsh Rulers --
7. King Henry II, Britain and Ireland, 154-89 --
8. Richard the Lionheart, 1189-99, and William the Lion, 1165-1214 --
9. The Reign of King John, 1199-1216 --
10. The Minority of Henry III and its Sequel, 1216-334, Llywelyn the Great, 1194-1240, and Alexander II, 1214-49 --
11. Britain During the Personal Rule of King Henry III, 1234-58 --
12. The Tribulations of Henry III, the Triumphs of Alexander III and Llywelyn, Prince of Wales, 1255-72 --
13. Structures of Society --
14. Church, Religion, Literacy and Learning --
15. King Edward I: The Parliamentary State --
16. Wales and Scotland: Conquest and Coexistence.
Series Title: Penguin history of Britain, 3.
Responsibility: David Carpenter.

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The two-and-a-half centuries after 1066 were momentous ones in the history of Britain. The struggle for mastery in the book's title is in reality the struggle for different masteries within Great  Read more...

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