Conquered England: Kingship, Succession, and Tenure 1066-1166 (Hardback)
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Conquered England: Kingship, Succession, and Tenure 1066-1166 (Hardback)

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Hardback 432 Pages / Published: 25/01/2007
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Conquered England 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 large part in creating a novel structure of land tenure, dependent on the king. In these two fundamental respects, the attempt made in the aftermath of the Conquest to demonstrate seamless continuity with Anglo-Saxon England severed almost all continuity. A paradoxical result was a society in which instability in succession at the top exacerbated instability lower down. The first serious attempt to address these problems began when arrangements were made, in 1153, for the succession to King Stephen. Henry II duly succeeded him, but claimed rather to have succeeded his grandfather, Henry I, Stephen's predecessor. Henry II's attempts to demonstrate continuity with his grandfather were modelled on William the Conqueror's treatment of Edward the Confessor. Just as William's fabricated history had been the foundation for the tenurial settlement recorded in the Domesday Book, so Henry II's, in a different way, underpinned the early common law procedures which began to undermine aspects of that settlement. The official history of the Conquest played a crucial role not only in creating a new society, but in the development of that society.

Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780198207931
Number of pages: 432
Weight: 792 g
Dimensions: 240 x 163 x 35 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
...an important, subtle, and thought-provoking book. * Judith A. Green The English Historical Review *
This is a very good book; in many places it is a brilliant one * David Bates, University of East Anglia, Journal of Ecclesiastical History *
...a valuable book * Times Literary Supplement *
This subtle, sophisticated work of mature scholarship is thoroughly grounded on a meticulous perusal of virtually all relevant conquest sources. * Speculum *
exhilirating...Conquered England is a bold and exciting book, which makes a great contribution to the field * Medium Aevum *
This book is a fascinating and closely argued account of the English understandings of monarchy and property in the first century after the Norman Conquest. * Journal of Legal History *
A learned, original, and provocative account of the rupture of 1066 in English history and its consequences... * C.P. Lewis, Annual Bulletin of Historical Literature *

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