Henry III of England and the Staufen Empire, 1216-1272

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Boydell & Brewer, 2006 - History - 247 pages
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Modern historians have frequently maligned Henry III of England (1216-1272) for his entanglements in European affairs. However, this book moves past orthodox opinion to offer a reappraisal of his activities. Using Henry's dealings with the rulers of the Staufen Empire (Germany, Northern France, Northern Italy and Sicily) as a case study to explore the broader international context within which he acted, the author offers a more varied reading of Henry's "European adventures"; he shows that far from being an expensive aberration, they reveal the English king as acting within the same parameters and according to the same norms as his peers and contemporaries. Moreover, they provide new insights into the structures and mechanisms, the ideals and institutions which defined the conduct of relations between rulers and realms in the medieval West; medieval politics, it is argued, cannot be understood in isolation from wider movements, ideals and concepts. The book will be of value not only for historians of medieval England, but also for those with a more general interest in the wider political structures of the pre-modern West. Dr BJORN K. U. WEILER is Lecturer in Medieval History at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth.
 

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Contents

Divergent goals 12161231
19
Marriage politics and the crusade 12311235
45
Allied against all men 12351239
71
The dragon and the little snake 12391245
86
On shifting ground 12451250
110
Roles reversed 12501254
133
The Sicilian business 12541263
147
The reign of King Richard 12571272
172
Politics and diplomacy in thirteenthcentury Europe
198
Index
241
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Dr Björn K. U. Weiler is Lecturer in Medieval History at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth, UK.

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