England Under the Norman and Angevin Kings, 1075-1225

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Clarendon Press, 2002 - History - 772 pages
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This lively and far-reaching account of the politics, religion, and culture of England in the century and a half after the Norman Conquest provides a vivid picture of everyday existence, and increases our understanding of all aspects of medieval society. This was a period in which the ruling dynasty and military aristocracy were deeply enmeshed with the politics and culture of France. Professor Bartlett describes their conflicts, and their preoccupations - the sense of honour, the roleof violence, and the glitter of tournament, heraldry, and Arthurian romance. He explores the mechanics of government; assesses the role of the Church at a time of radical developments in religious life and organization; and investigates the peasant economy, the foundation of this society, and the growing urban and commercial activity. There are colourful details of the everyday life of ordinary men and women, with their views on the past, on sexuality, on animals, on death, the undead, and theoccult. The result is a fascinating and comprehensive portrayal of a period which begins with conquest and ends in assimilation.

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Review: England Under the Norman and Angevin Kings, 1075-1225 (New Oxford History of England #3)

User Review  - Dean Irwin - Goodreads

Having read AL Poole's book a while back which was the edition of the old Oxford History of England which Bartlett has redone, this was a superb successor. Certainly, Bartlett is a historian par ... Read full review

Review: England Under the Norman and Angevin Kings, 1075-1225 (New Oxford History of England #3)

User Review  - Richard Thomas - Goodreads

A thorough and interesting new history of the Norman and Plantagenet kings after the initial years of the conquest. I found the new interpretations convincing and in summary consider that this is a ... Read full review

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Robert Bartlett is Wardlaw Professor of Medieval History at the University of St Andrews

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