"England and Its Rulers
has long been the most consistently interesting and accessible survey of its subject available. This revised edition, with its provocative new chapter on King Edward I, is as lively as ever, and even more wide-ranging. It is that rare creature, a textbook that both students and general readers will enjoy and profit from." Robert C. Stacey, University of Washington
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England and its Rulers
has established itself as an attractive and authoritative account of English history from 1066. It brings the chronicle sources to life and makes original assessments of the kings and political events. Examining a period in which England was dominated by successive waves of foreign rulers, the book emphasizes how the Norman Conquest was followed by the Angevin Empire and then by the Poitevin ministers and favorites brought in by King John and Henry III. The identity of English culture is analyzed in the light of these strong external influences.
This new edition retains the characteristics of the widely-acclaimed original, but it now includes an epilog on Edward I (1272-1307), which considers his wars in Wales and Scotland and reassesses his character and achievements. The second edition also contains a new bibliography covering all aspects of English history in the period 1066-1307.