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Medieval Law And The Foundations Of The State

Author: Alan Harding
Publisher: Oxford University Press on Demand
ISBN: 019821958X
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The state is the most powerful and contested of political ideas, loved for its promise of order but hated for its threat of coercion. In this broad-ranging new study, Alan Harding challenges the orthodoxy that there was no state in the Middle Ages, arguing instead that it was precisely then that the concept acquired its force. He explores how the word 'state' was used by medieval rulers and their ministers and connects the growth of the idea of the state with the development of systemsfor the administration of justice and the enforcement of peace. He shows how these systems provided new models for government from the centre, successfully in France and England but less so in Germany. The courts and legislation of French and English kings are described establishing public order, defining rights to property and liberty, and structuring commonwealths by 'estates'. In the final chapters the author reveals how the concept of the state was taken up by political commentators inthe wars of the later Middle Ages and the Reformation Period, and how the law-based 'state of the king and the kingdom' was transformed into the politically dynamic 'modern state'.

Atlas Of Medieval Europe

Author: David Ditchburn
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1134806922
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Covering the period from the fall of the Roman Empire through to the beginnings of the Renaissance, this is an indispensable volume which brings the complex and colourful history of the Middle Ages to life. Key features: * geographical coverage extends to the broadest definition of Europe from the Atlantic coast to the Russian steppes * each map approaches a separate issue or series of events in Medieval history, whilst a commentary locates it in its broader context * as a body, the maps provide a vivid representation of the development of nations, peoples and social structures. With over 140 maps, expert commentaries and an extensive bibliography, this is the essential reference for those who are striving to understand the fundamental issues of this period.

Realm Divided

Author: Dan Jones
Publisher: Head of Zeus
ISBN: 1781858810
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1215 – the penultimate year of the reign of a king with the worst reputation of any in our history – saw England engulfed by crisis. Weakened by the loss of Normandy, King John faced insurrection by his disgruntled barons. With the assistance of the Archbishop of Canterbury, they drew up a list of their demands. In June, in a quiet Thames-side water-meadow, John attached his regal seal – under oath – to a charter that set limits on regal power. In return, the barons renewed their vows of fealty. Groundbreaking though 'Magna Carta' was, it had scant immediate impact as England descended into civil war that would still be raging when John died the following year. Dan Jones's vivid account of the vicissitudes of feudal power politics and the workings of 13th-century government is interwoven with a exploration of the lives of ordinary people: how and where they worked, what they wore, what they ate, and what role the Church played in their lives.

Eleanor Of Aquitaine

Author: Alison Weir
Publisher: Ballantine Books
ISBN: 030783185X
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Renowned in her time for being the most beautiful woman in Europe, the wife of two kings and mother of three, Eleanor of Aquitaine was one of the great heroines of the Middle Ages. At a time when women were regarded as little more than chattel, Eleanor managed to defy convention as she exercised power in the political sphere and crucial influence over her husbands and sons. In this beautifully written biography, Alison Weir paints a vibrant portrait of this truly exceptional woman, and provides new insights into her intimate world. Eleanor of Aquitaine lived a long life of many contrasts, of splendor and desolation, power and peril, and in this stunning narrative, Weir captures the woman— and the queen—in all her glory. With astonishing historic detail, mesmerizing pageantry, and irresistible accounts of royal scandal and intrigue, she recreates not only a remarkable personality but a magnificent past era.

England Under The Norman And Angevin Kings

Author: Robert Bartlett
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0192547372
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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 role of 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 the occult. The result is a fascinating and comprehensive portrayal of a period which begins with conquest and ends in assimilation.

The Archer S Castle

Author: Martin Archer
ISBN: 9781520255835
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"The Archers Castle" is the second book in an exciting action-packed saga set in medieval England during the days of King Richard and King John prior to the Magna Carta. It is the tale of an English serf who rises to become the captain of a company of archers and leads its survivors as they fight their way back to dangerous and brutal feudal England after King Richard suddenly abandons his crusade--and what happens to him and his archers when they return. Most of the archers do not return as a result of the intense fighting against the invading Saracens, but some of the former serfs and free men do return - as battle hardened veterans determined to improve their lot in cruel and brutal feudal England. This exciting novel combines action-packed historical fiction with a family saga set in an era of non-stop war and action."The Archer's Castle" is the second novel in the saga. William, his brother Thomas, and William's son George finally reach feudal England with the surviving archers and become embroiled in a war with the Earl of Cornwall that will change England forever.Readers interested in the following themes will enjoy this epic saga:Military Historical FictionAction and adventure fictionAction and adventure War & MilitaryWorld history medievalThriller and SuspenseFamily saga fictionHistorical militaryHistorical fictionAction and adventure romanceWar fictionBritish & Irish HistoricalGenre fiction warGenre fiction sagaGenre fiction historicalAlternative historyFans of the following authors may also enjoy the book.Andy farman,Andrew Wareham,Martin archer,Archer,Archer book,Archer game,Medieval times,Medieval romance,Medieval saga,Medieval knights,Medieval authors,Medieval fiction,Ben Avery,Bernard Cornwell,Book of life,Books for men,Book for soldier,Book for marine,Book for sailor,c. j. carella,C. May,C. Ryder,Archer captain,Colin Gee,Christopher Nicole,Christopher Nuttall,Cornwall,About England,Company of archers,Dan eldredge,David Allin,David Black,David downing,David piling,England,English saga,British saga,Fiction books,English book,English story,Feudal times,Game of thrones,Fiction for men,Action adventure,Military book,War book,War story,Military story,Solders story,Marine story,Fredrik nath,Game books,Game of thrones books,C. Martin,Game of thrones throne,Free book,George shipway,Giles Kristian,Grant blackwood,Gordon landsborough,Grant blackwood,Hornblower,C. Forrester,Griff Hosker,H. Culley,Harold Coyle,Larry Bond,Harry Homewood,Harry Kellogg,Hector Bywater,Historical fiction,Historical saga,Historical story,Historical novel,English fiction,Ira Tabankin,J payne,Hunter goforth,Jack badelaire,James Hogan,James nelson,Jason born,James mace,James rosone,Jerry autieri,Joe weber,John Bainbridge,John Birmingham,h. Culley,Harold coyle,Larry bond,Tom Clancy,Historical fiction,Military fiction,War fiction,Harry kellog,Historical fiction England,Historical fiction Britain,Historical fiction uk,Historical fiction story,Historical fiction novel,Historical fiction,Feudal times,Medieval times,Medieval knights,Knights Templar,Richard lionheart,King Richard,Ira tabankin,j. swift,j payne,john danielski,john schettler,john Thomas,Justin conboy,Conroy,Jonaathan braze,Ken hagen,Kenneth macksey,Larry bond,Larry schwikert,Magna carta,Captains men,Medieval,Feudal,Medieval archer,English archer,English soldier,Marine,Medieval life,Medieval story,Medieval love,Medieval armour,Feudal times,Medieval England,Medieval armour,Armour,Armor,Swords,Battle axe,Medieval pirates,Michael farmer,Michael Cunningham,Mike Crawshaw,Cornwell,Mike miller,Nicholas sansbury,Game of ThronesThronesMedieval thrones

The Conquering Family

Author: Thomas B. Costain
Publisher: Doubleday
ISBN: 0307809544
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Thomas B. Costain's four-volume history of the Plantagenets begins with THE CONQUERING FAMILY and the conquest of England by William the Conqueror in 1066, closing with the reign of John in 1216. The troubled period after the Norman Conquest, when the foundations of government were hammered out between monarch and people, comes to life through Costain's storytelling skill and historical imagination.

Eleanor Of Aquitaine

Author: Marion Meade
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 1101173939
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"Marion Meade has told the story of Eleanor, wild, devious, from a thoroughly historical but different point of view: a woman's point of view."—Allene Talmey, Vogue.

Ancient Germanic Warriors

Author: Michael P. Speidel
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1134384203
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Presenting a range of evidence for these diverse styles, from Roman art to early medieval bracteate amulets, and from classical texts to Beowulf, the Edda and Icelandic sagas, Professor Speidel here details seventeen different Germanic warriors styles, including berserks, wolf-warriors, club-wielders, long-hairs, ghost warriors and horse-stabbers, and how they indicate an unbroken continuity of customs, beliefs and battle-field tactics. Ancient Germanic warriors played a decisive role in historical events from 200 BC, when Germanic culture first became identifiable, to AD 1000 when Christianity swept through the Nordic countries. Arising from beliefs and states of mind, a variety of warrior styles manifested themselves in differences of dress, weaponry and fighting technique. Fully illustrated with over fifty photographs, this vivid and fascinating survey adds a colourful new dimension to our understanding of the history of Europe.