Cambridge Studies in Medieval Life and Thought: Fourth Series: Peter des Roches: An Alien in English Politics, 1205-1238 Series Number 31 (Hardback)
  • Cambridge Studies in Medieval Life and Thought: Fourth Series: Peter des Roches: An Alien in English Politics, 1205-1238 Series Number 31 (Hardback)
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Cambridge Studies in Medieval Life and Thought: Fourth Series: Peter des Roches: An Alien in English Politics, 1205-1238 Series Number 31 (Hardback)

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Hardback 566 Pages / Published: 11/04/1996
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This is the first biography of one of the wealthiest and most influential bishops of medieval Europe, who for a period of over thirty years exercised a degree of power over the Plantagenet court second only to that of the king. The career of Peter des Roches and the activities of his fellow aliens are fundamental to an understanding of the process by which England and France developed as two separate kingdoms. As a politician, des Roches cast a shadow across the reigns of both John and Henry III. His biography encompasses the first detailed narrative yet attempted of English political history in the early 1230s and of the civil war of 1233-4. It sheds new light on such issues as the role of aliens in English politics, the reception of Magna Carta, the loss of Normandy, and the constitutional and administrative developments of the reign of Henry III.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521552547
Number of pages: 566
Weight: 860 g
Dimensions: 216 x 140 x 35 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
' ... brilliant study ... Vincent has hunted down the widest possible range of sources, printed and unprinted, English and French, and has exploited them cleverly.' John Gillingham, The Times Literary Supplement
"Nicholas Vincent is a scholar with deep knowledge of the sources for the Angevin period....It is testimony to his knowledge of record materials and chronicles that he could write a massive book on des Roches, who left no significant personal archive other than his official episcopal acta." Barrie Dobson, Albion
"This book is clearly written, resourcefully argued, and displays a nice sense of irony. The volume is also well produced....It is essential reading for those concerned either with the evolution of English national identity after the Conquest or with thirteenth-century English politics. Ecclesiastical historias can also profit from it, more than can be noted in a short review" Michael Burger, The Catholic Historical Review
"The book supplies a much-needed study of des Roches and a narrative of Henry III's "lesson in kingship"....While the author's diligence and judgement must be admired, readers can wish for a somewhat tempered enthusiasm." Albion

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