The Capetians: The History of a Dynasty

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Bloomsbury Publishing, Feb 27, 2007 - History - 362 pages
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Following the demise of the Carolingian dynasty in 987 the French lords chose Hugh Capet as their king. He was the founder of a dynasty that lasted until 1328. Although for much of this time, the French kings were weak, and the kingdom of France was much smaller than it later became, the Capetians nevertheless had considerable achievements and also produced outstanding rulers, including Philip Augustus and St Louis. This wide-ranging book throws fascinating light on the history of Medieval France and the development of European monarchy.
  

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Cracking read. Knows a lot about France.

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Interesting to see things from the French perspective for historical events which are familiar from an English one, in particular the Angevin period and Third Crusade. Enjoyed it - leads nicely into the 100 years war. Read full review

Contents

1 Carolingian Francia
1
2 The rise of the Robertians
23
3 The new principalities 8001000
47
4 The first Capetian kings 9871031
67
5 Successful failures 10311108
97
6 The Fat and the Young 110880
129
7 Philip the Great
167
8 King and Saint Louis IX 122670
201
9 The Bold and the Fair 12701314
237
10 The end of the line 131428
277
11 Achievements and legacy
289
Notes
309
Bibliography
323
Index
329
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Jim Bradbury is the author of several books, including The Medieval Archer (Palgrave Macmillan, 1985), The Medieval Siege (Boydell, 1998), The Battle of Hastings (Alan Sutton, 1998), Philip Augustus, (Addison Wesley, 1997) and Stephen and Matilda (Sutton, 1998).

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