Henry II

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University of California Press, 1977 - Biography & Autobiography - 693 pages
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Henry II was an enigma to contemporaries, and has excited widely divergent judgments 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

PROLOGUE
3
THE PURSUIT OF AN INHERITANCE 113554
12
KING DUKE AND COUNT A CHRONOLOGICAL SURVEY 1154c 1182
54
ii The expedition to Toulouse and its consequences 115961
82
iii The consolidation of authority 11618
91
iv The dynastic settlement and the great war 116974
108
v Henry triumphant 1174c 1182
136
THE LORDSHIP OF THE BRITISH ISLES
150
ROYAL JUSTICE
317
KING AND SUBJECTS
362
HENRY II AND THE CHURCH
397
THE PROBLEM OF INTERPRETATION
399
CHURCH AND STATE IN NORMAN ENGLAND
404
ARCHBISHOP THEOBALD
427
ARCHBISHOP THOMAS BECKET
447
THE RESTORATION OF HARMONY
518

i Wales
153
ii Scotland
169
iii Ireland
187
HENRY II AND HIS EMPIRE
207
THE GOVERNMENT OF ENGLAND
239
THE PATTERN OF ENGLISH GOVERNMENT
241
RECOVERY AND RECONSTRUCTION
262
THE KINGS GOVERNMENT
301
THE ANGEVIN COMMONWEALTH
557
FEDERAL GOVERNMENT c11781183
559
THE END OF THE REIGN c 11831189
594
GLOSSARY
633
BIBLIOGRAPHY
637
INDEX
669
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