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England Under the Norman and Angevin Kings, 1075-1225 (New Oxford History of England) Paperback – October 3, 2002

ISBN-13: 978-0199251018 ISBN-10: 0199251010

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  • Series: New Oxford History of England
  • Paperback: 808 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press (October 3, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0199251010
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199251018
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.1 x 1.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #945,183 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Words of praise the author applies to the historians of his period can well be applied to this work, 'The quantity , quality, and variety are all alike impressive.'"--Albion


"startlingly clear and often unusual images of life under the Norman and Angevin kings." -- B.R. O'Brien, CHOICE Nov. 2000, Vol.38, No.3.


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

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Robert Bartlett is Bishop Wardlaw Professor of Mediaeval History at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland and a Fellow of the British Academy. He was born in London in 1950 and went to Battersea Grammar School, then received his university education at Cambridge, Oxford and Princeton. He has taught at the universities of Edinburgh and Chicago and held fellowships at the universities of Michigan, Princeton, and Göttingen.

Bartlett has written several books, one of which,The Making of Europe, won the Wolfson Literary Prize for History and has been translated into German, Estonian, Polish, Japanese, Spanish and Russian. He has lectured widely, from New Zealand to Chile, from Japan to California, and has written and presented three television series for the BBC, "Inside the Medieval Mind" (2008), "The Normans" (2010), which took him to Sicily, Istanbul, and Jerusalem, and "The Plantagenets" (2014).

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One hundred and fifty years are covered at a cracking pace and I savoured each and every page.
Carol Small
Light reading it isn't, even for the history buff, but it is worth doing for anyone interested in this very active, very complex period.
Atheen M. Wilson
He's a master of the primary sources; the only think missing from this book is a good bibliography of secondary, specialized material.
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40 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Atheen M. Wilson on August 11, 2001
Format: Hardcover
Anyone familiar with the Cambridge History collection will be familiar with the format of this book. Essentially Bartlett's work is an expansion of an epoch of English history from, roughly, 1066 to 1200 and covers the reigns of William the Conqueror and the generations of Norman and Angevin kings succeeding him on the throne. Like the Cambridge History series, England Under the Norman and Angevin Kings dissects the period, examining life from nearly every aspect: military events of each reign, relations between king and nobility, king and commoner and king and heirs, social strata, cost of armaments, land holding and land use, cost of living and inflationary trends, law courts, rise of a merchant middle class, growth of cities, etc. The volume is incredibly thorough in its coverage of the period, and its bibliography is impressive. Original documents are described and cited throughout the book, providing the dedicated reader with primary sources with which to follow up his/her interests. It would be an excellent secondary source book for someone doing research on the period. It is however very deep and detailed and takes considerable time to read. Light reading it isn't, even for the history buff, but it is worth doing for anyone interested in this very active, very complex period.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Stephen Balbach on January 10, 2005
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Bartlett acts as a wonderful guide through the many layers of Medieval life. As he says in the Preface this is an "entry-point of the understanding of processes only slowly unfolding, sometimes across centuries". The book has a very narrow focus in both place and time, yet goes very deep in detail covering all aspects of medieval life. It is a long book that could easily be read in chapters in no particular order, but I read it straight through cover to cover hopeing it would not end for want of Bartletts engaging prose and wealth of fascinating source material. Perhaps the best compliment of all is my desire to want to learn more.

It is an academic book and not always easy with some sections that are fairly boring (economic production figures, calculations of the number of sheep in the country), but overall the balance of interesting material outweighs these sections and makes the effort well worth the veins of gold. Most of all, it is highly trustworthy and authoritative; Bartlett is one in a long line of English historians who endeavored to be readable, arming themselves, as Roger of Wendover (13th C) says, against both "the listless hearer and the fastidious reader" by "presenting something which each may relish," and so providing for the joint "profit and entertainment of all."
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20 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Richard C Davidson on April 13, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Bartlett tries to cover practically every aspect of life during his period, from court politics to village religious life to sexual mores. He does a nice jobe of balancing the general and the specific, reinforcing his general conclusions with interesting anecdotes. Some parts are more tedious than others, depending on your tastes - since he deals with so many issues, some are bound to interest the reader more than others.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By reader 451 on August 21, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I am jointly reviewing Frank Barlow's The Feudal Kingdom of England and Robert Bartlett's England Under the Norman and Angevin Kings. They deal with the same period, they are remarkably complementary, and I highly recommend doing as I did and reading them together.

Barlow's book, first published in 1955, takes a traditional approach and reviews the events of the Norman and early Angevin period chronologically. Bartlett's, benefiting from recent research, offers a more static but broader picture of the period's trends and features. To the newcomer (as I was) or, I think, to someone with basic knowledge of 12th century England, the combination will be as instructive as it is exciting to read.

The Feudal Kingdom of England recounts the main political events from the Norman invasion to the forced grant of the Magna Carta by king John. Barlow tells the drama of the conquest, the tales of dynastic intrigue, the blow-by-blow of three-sided feuding between king, church and baronage in sometimes gory, sometimes inspiring detail. Some stories simply need to be given chronologically, which Bartlett doesn't do: the manoeuvrings of William's sons, the dispute between Becket and Henry II, Richard's crusade and capture, the crafty king John's miserable reign. Though the narrative remains central to it, the book also contains chapters on aristocratic society, the church, and the English towns and countryside. In fact, it begins with an overview of England under Edward the Confessor which is invaluable for understanding change in post-invasion England.

Bartlett's England Under the Norman and Angevin Kings paints a multi-faceted panorama of 12th and early 13th century England. It is equally awesome in breadth and depth.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By dacios on September 14, 2011
Format: Paperback
This is a very ambitious book, trying to cover essentially every aspect of English life-including the social, economic, political, spiritual and military realms, among others-in the 150 years following the end of Norman Conquest. Unfortunately, by attempting to cover so much material, much is left out and the book suffers from these omissions. The timeline encompassed within this volume begins in 1075 with the Rise of the Earls (although this event isn't actually mentioned) and the final serious resistance to William the Conqueror and ends with the passing of the Magna Carta into law in 1225 under Henry III. This era represents to evolution of an distinct Anglo-Norman culture derived from the native Anglo-Saxons and the occupational Norman aristocracy. The development of this English culture and nationalism has profoundly impacted the history of Europe and reverberates through the present.

However, these broad strokes are lost within the minutiae of this volume. For instance, the disaster of the White Ship and the loss of William of Adein, Henry I's only legitimate male heir, is mentioned only in passing and the resulting period known as the Anarchy only merits a couple of paragraphs. There are many other similar examples, such as the very light coverage of the Crusades. Furthermore, the social and political aspects of the evolving English feudal state are rarely contrasted with similar developments on the continent, so the reader cannot see the genesis of the unique Anglo-Norman culture and state.

This book is much more valuable to a serious student of this period in English history and is a great reference work.
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