Blood Cries Afar: The Forgotten Invasion of England 1216

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History Press, Mar 1, 2013 - History - 288 pages
Exactly 150 years after the Norman Conquest of England in 1066, history came extremely close to repeating itself when another army set sail from the Continent with the intention of imposing foreign rule on England. This time the invasion force was under the command of Louis the Lion, son and heir of the powerful French king Philip Augustus. Taking advantage of the turmoil created in England by the civil war over Magna Carta and by King John’s disastrous rule, Prince Louis and his army of French soldiers and mercenaries allied with the barons of the English rebel forces. The prize was England itself. The invasion was one of the most dramatic episodes of British history. This is the first ever book on the subject. Blood Cries Afar tells a dramatic and violent but overlooked story, with a broad appeal to those interested in the history of England and France, the Middle Ages and war in an age of kings, knights, castles, battles and brutality.

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This well researched book is somewhat of a misnomer. The forgotten invasion of the title forms only the last part of the book, which overall covers the course of events throughout King John's reign ... Read full review

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Sean McGlynn is the author of By Sword and Fire: Cruelty and Atrocity in Medieval Warfare and is a regular contributor to history magazines and academic journals such as BBC History, English Historical Review, and History Today.

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