Louis: The French Prince who Invaded England
In 1215 a group of English barons, dissatisfied with the weak and despicable King John, decided that they needed a new monarch. They wanted a strong, experienced man, of royal blood, and they found him on the other side of the Channel: astonishingly, the most attractive candidate for the crown of England was Louis, eldest son and heir of the king of France.
In this fascinating biography of England's least-known "king"--and the first to be written in English--Catherine Hanley explores the life and times of "Louis the Lion" before, during, and beyond his quest for the English throne. She illuminates the national and international context of his 1216 invasion, and explains why and how after sixteen fruitless months he failed to make himself King Louis I of England. Hanley also explores Louis's subsequent reign over France until his untimely death on the Albigensian Crusade. Published eight centuries after the creation of Magna Carta and on the 800th anniversary of Louis's proclamation as king, this fascinating story is a colorful tale of national culture, power, and politics that brings a long-forgotten life out of the shadows of history.
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Louis: The French Prince Who Invaded EnglandUser Review - Publishers Weekly
In this captivating account, medievalist Hanley (War and Combat, 1150–1270) covers an almost forgotten adventure in which Louis VIII of France (1187–1226) nearly became the king of England. Sandwiched ... Read full review
Review: Louis: The French Prince Who Invaded EnglandUser Review - Michael Brown - Goodreads
Well written and very cleanly documented for the casual history reader this book still come across as set for a younger audience. The writing is very simple as compared to many such books that take a ... Read full review
chapter one THE SHAPING OF A PRINCE
chapter two FATHER AND SON
chapter three THE INVITATION
chapter four KING OF ENGLAND?
chapter five THE TIDE TURNS
chapter six FIGHTING BACK
chapter seven THE END OF THE ADVENTURE