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The Problem of Interregnum

George Garnett

in Conquered England: Kingship, Succession, and Tenure 1066-1166

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
September 2008
ISBN:
9780198207931
eISBN:
9780191716775
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198207931.003.0003
Subject:
History, British and Irish Medieval History

This chapter explores a paradox: that the elaborate and meticulous application of William the Conqueror's claim in England was a chaotic instability in royal succession thereafter. Each royal ... More


The King as an Anomaly

George Garnett

in Conquered England: Kingship, Succession, and Tenure 1066-1166

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
September 2008
ISBN:
9780198207931
eISBN:
9780191716775
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198207931.003.0002
Subject:
History, British and Irish Medieval History

This chapter explores in more detail the transformation in tenure consequent on William's conquest. It concentrates on the writings of Eadmer of Canterbury who revealed a particularly acute ... More


Conquered England: Kingship, Succession, and Tenure 1066-1166

George Garnett

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
September 2008
ISBN:
9780198207931
eISBN:
9780191716775
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198207931.001.0001
Subject:
History, British and Irish Medieval History

This book argues that Duke William of Normandy's claim to succeed Edward the Confessor on the throne of England profoundly influenced not only the practice of royal succession, but also played a ... More


Continuity in Government

Graeme White

in The Anarchy of King Stephen's Reign

Published in print:
1994
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198203643
eISBN:
9780191675928
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198203643.003.0005
Subject:
History, British and Irish Medieval History

This chapter examines the continuity in government under the reign of King Stephen in England. King Stephen's government was severely criticized by those subjected to it. It explains that during his ... More


. Empires, Continental and British

Robin Frame

in The Political Development of the British Isles 1100–1400

Published in print:
1995
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198206040
eISBN:
9780191676949
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198206040.003.0003
Subject:
History, British and Irish Medieval History, Political History

The twelfth and early thirteenth centuries were a time of significant changes in the distribution and organization of power in the British ... More


The March and the Welsh Kings

David Crouch

in The Anarchy of King Stephen's Reign

Published in print:
1994
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198203643
eISBN:
9780191675928
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198203643.003.0009
Subject:
History, British and Irish Medieval History

This chapter examines the condition of England and Wales during the reign of King Stephen. During the reign of Henry I, England was considered the land of law, Wales the land of disorder, danger, and ... More


The Chronique des ducs de Normandie

Charity Urbanski

in Writing History for the King: Henry II and the Politics of Vernacular Historiography

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780801451317
eISBN:
9780801469725
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9780801451317.003.0005
Subject:
History, European Medieval History

This chapter examines Benoît de Sainte-Maure's Chronique des ducs de Normandie and why it was commissioned by Henry II. It first compares Chronique des ducs de Normandie with Wace's Roman de Rou ... More


A King’s Illegitimate Son

Robert B. Patterson

in The Earl, the Kings, and the Chronicler: Robert Earl of Gloucester and the Reigns of Henry I and Stephen

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
March 2019
ISBN:
9780198797814
eISBN:
9780191839122
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198797814.003.0001
Subject:
History, British and Irish Medieval History, Historiography

Robert, the eldest and bastard son of the future Henry I of England, became the great earl of Gloucester of medieval history because of his father’s own successes in becoming king of England and the ... More


Brief History of Reading and its Abbey

Alan Coates

in English Medieval Books: The Reading Abbey Collections from Foundation to Dispersal

Published in print:
1999
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198207566
eISBN:
9780191677724
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198207566.003.0002
Subject:
History, British and Irish Medieval History

Reading, now the county town of Royal Berkshire, lies near the junctions of the River Kennet and the River Thames, forty-one miles west of London. In the Middle Ages, Reading’s geographical position ... More


Historical Outline and the Geography of ‘Anarchy’

Oliver H. Creighton, Duncan W. Wright, Michael Fradley, and Steven Trick

in Anarchy: War and Status in 12th-Century Landscapes of Conflict

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9781781382424
eISBN:
9781786943996
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9781781382424.003.0002
Subject:
Archaeology, Historical Archaeology

This chapter covers two areas: it provides a sketch of English society and landscape in the late eleventh and early twelfth centuries, and presents a year-by-year chronology of Stephen’s reign. At ... More


The Prince’s Tale: William Atheling and the White Ship Disaster

Richard Huscroft

in Tales From the Long Twelfth Century: The Rise and Fall of the Angevin Empire

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2016
ISBN:
9780300187250
eISBN:
9780300187281
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300187250.003.0001
Subject:
History, British and Irish Medieval History

This chapter narrates the tale of Prince William Atheling, which raises one of the biggest ‘What ifs?’ of European history: had he survived to succeed Henry I, there would have been no civil war ... More


Conclusion

Charity Urbanski

in Writing History for the King: Henry II and the Politics of Vernacular Historiography

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780801451317
eISBN:
9780801469725
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9780801451317.003.0006
Subject:
History, European Medieval History

This book concludes by summarizing the reasons for Henry II's appropriation of vernacular historiography in Old French verse, the preferred genre of the Anglo-Norman aristocracy and clergy. It argues ... More


Historicising the Human, Humanising the Historical: I Henry IV

Andy Mousley

in Re-Humanising Shakespeare: Literary Humanism, Wisdom and Modernity

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780748623181
eISBN:
9780748652211
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748623181.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, Shakespeare Studies

This chapter locates the humanising, dehumanising and rehumanising tendencies within the cultural historicisms that have dominated literary studies in recent years. It also describes Shakespeare's ... More


Polydore Vergil and the first English parliament

Paul Cavill

in Writing the history of parliament in Tudor and early Stuart England

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9780719099588
eISBN:
9781526139030
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9780719099588.003.0002
Subject:
History, British and Irish Early Modern History

In the text of his Anglica historia of 1513, the Italian humanist Polydore Vergil did something unprecedented: he dated England’s first parliament to the year 1116 and hence to the reign of Henry I. ... More


William of Newburgh: The History of English Affairs: Book 1

Published in print:
1998
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9780856683053
eISBN:
9781800342835
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9780856683053.001.0001
Subject:
Classical Studies, Prose and Writers: Classical, Early, and Medieval

The History of English Affairs, covering the years 1066–1198, was written at the close of the twelfth century and has been described as being “both in substance and in form... the finest historical ... More


English Queens and Native Queens in Post-Carolingian Francia and Saxony, 917–39

Simon MacLean

in Ottonian Queenship

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780198800101
eISBN:
9780191839887
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198800101.003.0002
Subject:
History, European Medieval History, Political History

This chapter deals with the evidence for the first two Ottonian queens, Mathilda and Edith. Study of these two figures is heavily coloured by narrative sources which glorify them, but which were ... More


Maternal Lineage and Anglo-Norman Succession c.950–c.1150

Sara McDougall

in Royal Bastards: The Birth of Illegitimacy, 800-1230

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
December 2016
ISBN:
9780198785828
eISBN:
9780191827631
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198785828.003.0005
Subject:
History, European Medieval History, Cultural History

Scholars regularly identify 1126 as a critical moment in the history of illegitimate birth. In that year, King Henry I of England designated his daughter Empress Matilda as heir to his throne, ... More


The Making of a Reputation

David Bates

in William the Conqueror

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
May 2017
ISBN:
9780300118759
eISBN:
9780300183832
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300118759.003.0005
Subject:
History, British and Irish Medieval History

This chapter examines the implications of the absence of any record of direct contact between William and Edward the Confessor after the autumn of 1052 until Harold II's visit to Normandy in 1064. It ... More


Inventing Magna Carta

Jennifer Jahner

in Literature and Law in the Era of Magna Carta

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
November 2019
ISBN:
9780198847724
eISBN:
9780191882401
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198847724.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, Early and Medieval Literature

Having begun as a short-lived peace treaty in 1215, Magna Carta grew to acquire a quasi-sacral status over the course of the thirteenth century. This chapter traces the development of the “Great ... More


The Shaping of Things to Come

David Bates

in William the Conqueror

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
May 2017
ISBN:
9780300118759
eISBN:
9780300183832
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300118759.003.0004
Subject:
History, British and Irish Medieval History

This chapter discusses the events following the aftermath of the Battle of Val-ès-Dunes. Prestigiously married to Matilda, daughter of Count Baldwin V of Flanders, he became involved in discussions ... More


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