Henry II

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University of California Press, 1973 - History - 693 pages
Henry II was an enigma to contemporaries, and has excited widely divergent judgements ever since. Dramatic incidents of his reign, such as his quarrel with Archbishop Becket and his troubled relations with his wife, Eleanor of Aquitaine, and his sons, have attracted the attention of historical novelists, playwrights and filmmakers, but with no unanimity of interpretation. That he was a great king there can be no doubt. Yet his motives and intentions are not easy to divine, and it is Professor Warren's contention that concentration on the great crises of the reign can lead to distortion. This book is therefore a comprehensive reappraisal of the reign based, with rare understanding, on contemporary sources; it provides a coherent and persuasive revaluation of the man and the king, and is, in itself, an eloquent and impressive achievement.
 

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Contents

The Pursuit of an Inheritance 113554
12
a Chronological Survey 1154
54
The Lordship of the British Isles
150
Henry II and his Empire
207
The Pattern of English Government
241
Recovery and Reconstruction
262
The Kings Government
301
Royal Justice
317
Church and State in Norman England
404
Archbishop Theobald
427
Archbishop Thomas Becket
447
The Restoration of Harmony
518
Federal Government c 11781183
559
The End of the Reign c 11831189
594
glossary
633
INDEX
669

King and Subjects
362

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