Louis: The French Prince who Invaded England

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Yale University Press, 2016 - France - 279 pages
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 England

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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

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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

Contents

INTRODUCTION
1
chapter one THE SHAPING OF A PRINCE
12
chapter two FATHER AND SON
35
chapter three THE INVITATION
60
chapter four KING OF ENGLAND?
89
chapter five THE TIDE TURNS
118
chapter six FIGHTING BACK
140
chapter seven THE END OF THE ADVENTURE
156
chapter eight AFTERMATH
178
chapter nine KING OF FRANCE
195
chapter ten LEGACY
225
CHRONOLOGY
248
A NOTE ON SOURCES
257
BIBLIOGRAPHY
262
INDEX
271
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About the author (2016)

Dr Catherine Hanley is a writer and researcher specialising in the High Middle Ages, and the author of War and Combat, 1150-1270: The Evidence from Old French Literature (2003).

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