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Cambridge Studies in Medieval Life and Thought: Fourth Series: Restoration and Reform, 1153-1165: Recovery from Civil War in England Series Number 46 (Hardback)
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Cambridge Studies in Medieval Life and Thought: Fourth Series: Restoration and Reform, 1153-1165: Recovery from Civil War in England Series Number 46 (Hardback)

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Hardback 270 Pages / Published: 28/03/2000
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This book examines the processes by which effective royal government was restored in England following the civil war of Stephen's reign. It questions the traditional view that Stephen presided over 'anarchy', arguing instead that the king and his rivals sought to maintain the administrative traditions of Henry I, leaving foundations for a restoration of order once the war was over. The period from 1153 to 1162, spanning the last months of Stephen's reign and the early years of Henry II's, is seen as one primarily of 'restoration' when concerted efforts were made to recover royal lands, rights and revenues lost since 1135. Thereafter 'restoration' gave way to 'reform': although the administrative advances of 1166 have been seen as a watershed in Henry II's reign, the financial and judicial measures of 1163-65 were sufficiently important for this, also, to be regarded as a transitional phase in his government of England.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521554596
Number of pages: 270
Weight: 570 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 19 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
'This monograph as a firm grasp of the source material and a clearly and compellingly argued thesis.' Annual Bulletin of Historical Literature
"...a well-written, clearly argued, and important book." SPECULUM
"A useful contribution to the historiography of Henry II's reign." Medievalia et Humanistica
"This book is a meticulous reconstruction of a little over a decade in English Medieval History." Stephanie Mooers Christlow

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