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Arise, England

Six Kings and the Making of the English State

Caroline Burt Richard Partington

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25 June 2024
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'An absorbing and eye-opening account of what the Plantagenets did for us.' - HELEN CASTOR

'Burt and Partington show precisely and engagingly why the Middle Ages matter.' - DAN JONES

Between 1199 and 1399, English politics was high drama. These two centuries witnessed savage political blood-letting - including civil war, deposition, the murder of kings and the ruthless execution of rebel lords - as well as international warfare, devastating national pandemic, economic crisis and the first major peasant uprising in English history.

Arise, England uses the six Plantagenet kings who ruled during these two centuries to explore England's emergent statehood. Drawing on original accounts and arresting new research, it draws resonances between government, international relations, and the abilities, egos and ambitions of political actors, then and now. Colourful and complicated, and by turns impressive and hateful, the six kings stride through the story; but arguably the greatest character is the emerging English state itself.
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Imprint:   Faber & Faber
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Edition:   Main
Dimensions:   Height: 241mm,  Width: 160mm,  Spine: 50mm
Weight:   916g
ISBN:   9780571311989
ISBN 10:   0571311989
Pages:   640
Publication Date:  
Audience:   College/higher education ,  College/higher education ,  Professional and scholarly ,  Further / Higher Education ,  Primary
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Dr Caroline Burt is a medieval historian and college lecturer at Pembroke College, Cambridge. Richard Partington is Senior Tutor at St. John's College, Cambridge. Arise, England is their first trade publication.

Reviews for Arise, England: Six Kings and the Making of the English State

"""Arise, England is a brilliant and lucid account of the emergence of the building blocks of the English nation during the Plantagenet years by two of the foremost experts in the field. From the bitter constitutional wrangling of King John and his barons to the upheavals of the Lancastrian revolution in 1399, Burt and Partington show precisely and engagingly why the Middle Ages matter - this is an essential book for anyone interested in this most fascinating era of British history."" - Dan Jones, New York Times bestselling author of The Plantagenets and The Hollow Crown ""In brilliantly forensic style, Burt and Partington tell the fascinating story of the English state - kings, people and institutions - across two tumultuous centuries. Arise, England is an absorbing and eye-opening account of what the Plantagenets did for us."" - Helen Castor, author of She-Wolves and Blood & Roses"


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