Stephen and Matilda: The Civil War of 1139-53

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Sutton, 1998 - Great Britain - 218 pages
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This is a story of rivalry for the English throne which throws new light on a much-neglected aspect of Stephen's reign. The book looks at colourful characters and brings to life the civil war and the ensuing battle for the English Crown. The war is examined in detail through the various campaigns, battles and sieges of the period, including the two major battles at the Standard and Lincoln, showing that Stephen always held more ground than his opponents and was mostly on the offensive. The nature of the warfare and the reasons for its outcome are examined, along with comment on the strategy, tactics, technology in arms and armour, and the improvements in fortifications.

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User Review  - john257hopper - LibraryThing

This book presents a fairly persuasive case that the period of the civil war between these two was not quite the uniformly awful anarchy that is commonly depicted, and that Stephen was not the weak ... Read full review

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User Review  - Steven J Smith - Goodreads

A good factually sound historical book - heavily leant to the case of King Stephen but apart from the author's favouritism on the subject matter; the information was good and given in an informative ... Read full review

About the author (1998)

Matthew Bennett is a Senior Lecturer at The Royal Military Academy at Sandhurst. His books include the "Cambridge Atlas of Warfare: The Middle Ages" and "Agincourt, 1415,"
Jim Bradbury's books include "The Medieval Archer," "The Medieval Siege," and "The Routledge Companion to Medieval Warfare,"
Kelly DeVries is Professor of History at Loyola College in Maryland. He is the author of "Medieval Military Technology," "Infantry Warfare in the Early Fourteenth Century, Joan of Arc: A Military Leader," and "Guns and Men in Medieval Europe,"
Iain Dickie has been a committe member of the Society of Ancients and editor of "Army & Navy Modelworld,"" Military Hobbies," and "Miniature Wargames "magazines. Phyllis Jestice is Assistant Professor of Medieval History, University of Southern Mississippi. She was previously Lecturer in Ancient and Medieval History, California State University.

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