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Henry III

The Rise to Power and Personal Rule, 1207-1258

David Carpenter

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The first in a ground-breaking two-volume history of Henry III's rule Professor Carpenter is one of Britain's foremost medievalists...

No one knows more about Henry, and a lifetime of scholarship is here poured out, elegantly and often humorously. This is a fine, judicious, illuminating work that should be the standard study of the reign for generations to come. -Dan Jones, The Sunday Times Nine years of age when he came to the throne in 1216, Henry III had to rule within the limits set by the establishment of Magna Carta and the emergence of parliament. Pacific, conciliatory, and deeply religious, Henry brought many years of peace to England and rebuilt Westminster Abbey in honor of his patron saint, Edward the Confessor. He poured money into embellishing his palaces and creating a magnificent court. Yet this investment in soft power did not prevent a great revolution in 1258, led by Simon de Montfort, ending Henry's personal rule.

Eminent historian David Carpenter brings to life Henry's character and reign as never before. Using source material of unparalleled richness-material that makes it possible to get closer to Henry than any other medieval monarch-Carpenter stresses the king's achievements as well as his failures while offering an entirely new perspective on the intimate connections between medieval politics and religion.
By:   David Carpenter
Imprint:   Yale University
Country of Publication:   United States
Volume:   1
Dimensions:   Height: 215mm,  Width: 135mm,  Spine: 60mm
Weight:   805g
ISBN:   9780300259193
ISBN 10:   0300259190
Series:   The English Monarchs Series
Pages:   800
Publication Date:   05 April 2021
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

David Carpenter is professor of medieval history at King's College London. He is the author of numerous books including a new study of Magna Carta for the Penguin Classics series.

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