King Stephen's Reign (1135-1154)

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Paul Dalton, Graeme J. White
Boydell Press, 2008 - History - 206 pages
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The turbulent reign of King Stephen is here subjected to a full assessment by leading scholars in the field. All of the most important aspects are fully covered: the impact of developments under Henry I on the origins of civil war; relations with the continent, as they affected Stephen's overall strategy and the foundation of religious houses; the opportunities which lured foreign mercenaries to England; mid-twelfth century legal developments and trends in revenue-raising; baronial and episcopal allegiances; violent disorder and civil unrest; and the sequence of events which unfolded during the political crisis of July 1141. Taken together, they provide the fruits of the most recent research into and the most up to date interpretations of the intense political and military activity of the reign. CONTRIBUTORS: MARJORIE CHIBNALL, JUDITH GREEN, DAVID CROUCH, JANET BURTON, THOMAS BISSON, BRUCE O'BRIEN, GRAEME WHITE, PAUL DALTON, STEPHEN MARRITT, HUGH THOMAS, EDMUND KING
  

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Contents

Introduction Marjorie Chibnall
1
Henry I and the Origins of the Civil War
11
Royal Income and Regional Trends
27
King Stephen and Northern France
44
Oxford late July 1141
58
Allegiance and Intelligence in King Stephens Reign
80
English Monasteries and the Continent in the Reign of King Stephen
98
Reeds Shaken by the Wind? Bishops in Local and Regional Politics
115
Distribution of violence in Stephens reign as recorded in regional
163
Distribution of violent events in Stephens reign as recorded by major
164
Occurrences of violence by period during Stephens reign
165
Military operations in Stephens reign by type
166
Measures taken to finance military activity during the civil war
167
Wasting of land in Stephens reign
168
Killing famine and depopulation in Stephens reign
169
Kidnapping torture and violation of sanctuary in Stephens reign
170

A Maximum
139
Recorded incidences of violence during Stephens reign
159
Chronicled violence in the reigns of Henry I and Stephen
160
Chronicled violence in the reign of Henry II by period
161
Known coin hoards from the reigns of Henry I Stephen and Henry II
162
Tenserie Flemings and a Crisis of
171
Legal Treatises as Perceptions of Law in Stephens Reign
182
Index
197
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About the author (2008)

Graeme J. White is Emeritus Professor of Local History at the University of Chester, UK. His research interests include the reigns of King Stephen and King Henry II, and rural settlement and field systems. His publications include "Restoration and Reform 1153-1165". He is also Editor of the journal, "Cheshire History", and President of the Chester Society for Landscape History.

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