From Domesday Book to Magna Carta, 1087-1216

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Oxford University Press, 1955 - History - 541 pages
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A landmark study of key century in medieval history, this book comprises the history of the century and a quarter which elapsed between the compilation of Domesday Book and the issue of the Magna Carta, the two greatest documents of English medieval history. The volume opens with chapters in which the position of the monarchy and social and economic background of the period in its feudal, rural, and urban aspects are discussed. In the political sphere it describes the building up of the great continental dominions, which in the time of Henry II are known as the Angevin Empire, and the collapse of the battle of Bouvines in 1214; it embraces also the attempts of the English kings to establish their supremacy over Scotland and Wales, and the conquest of Ireland. The work of the ecclesiastical reformers and the conflicts between church and state associated with the archbishops Anselm and Becket and Pope Innocent III are discussed. The progress of education, the contribution of Englishmen to the twelth-century renaissance, the literature, and the art of the age are brought under review. Finally, the great development of the common law brought about by the legal reforms of Henry II is traced, and the book ends with a description of the events leading up Magna Carta and its sequel, civil war, in which the reign of King John was brought to a close.
  

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Contents

GOVERNMENT AND SOCIETY
1
The kings household
8
The Feudal army
15
The Feudal incidents
21
Knights as Knights of the Shire
27
Robin Hood
34
Villeinage
41
Manumission of villeins
47
The origin of the Exchequer 416
200
The Constitutions of Clarendon
205
Becket in exile
211
Results of the conflict on Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction
217
Taxation of Movables 419
218
Secular character of the Episcopate
223
Orthodoxy of the twelfth century
230
The Battle of Damme 459
234

Sheep
53
Agricultural prosperity
54
The system of frankpledge 394
57
Rural merrymakings
60
Conversion of villages into towns
66
The merchant gild and town government
72
The Assize of Northampton 399
73
Communications
78
Wool trade
84
Flanders
90
AppendixList of ports showing the volume of trade in 1204
96
Trial of William of St Calais Bishop of Durham
102
Rebellion of Robert de Mowbray
109
Proprietary actions 409
115
Rebellion of Duke Robert against Henry I
119
Disaster of the White Ship
125
THE ANARCHY
131
Stephen quarrels with the Church
137
Education
139
Coinage 414
142
The Empress at London
143
The Second Crusade
149
Estimate of the extent of the disturbances
158
Henrys marriage with Eleanor of Aquitaine
163
The Continental Schools
167
William Rums methods of extortion
169
The mission of Cardinal Walter of Albano
175
Henry Is government of the Church
183
Monastic development
190
John of Salisbury
191
BECKET
197
Early scholars at Oxford
237
Literacy of Kings
243
The writing of history
249
John and his allies 463
250
The drama
258
Wall painting
264
The battle of the Standard
271
The character of King John 425
274
and William the Lion
277
Alexander II
283
Sea Law 438
285
Powys
289
The Church in Wales
295
Plans for a campaign in Poitou 440
300
Triumph of Llywelyn
301
Henry IPs expedition
307
Johns expedition in 1210
315
English colonization in South Wales
318
Restoration of order
321
Relations with Germany
327
Johns campaign in the North 480
334
Effects of the war
338
Philip Augustus and Henry II
342
The administration during the Civ War 482
345
Position of Count John
348
Unpopularity of Longchamp
354
in captivity
362
Conquest of Eastern Normandy 106
365
AngloGerman relations 449
367
Hubert Walter
369
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A. L. Poole, former Fellow, St John's College, Oxford.

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