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Stephen and Matilda's Civil War

Cousins of Anarchy

Matthew Lewis

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Pen and Sword
01 December 2019
History; British & Irish history; Military history
The Anarchy was the first civil war in post-Conquest England, enduring throughout the reign of King Stephen between 1135 and 1154. It ultimately brought about the end of the Norman dynasty and the birth of the mighty Plantagenet kings. When Henry I died having lost his only legitimate son in a shipwreck, he had caused all of his barons to swear to recognise his daughter Matilda, widow of the Holy Roman Emperor, as his heir and remarried her to Geoffrey, Count of Anjou. When she was slow to move to England on her father's death, Henry's favourite nephew Stephen of Blois rushed to have himself crowned, much as Henry himself had done on the death of his brother William Rufus. Supported by his brother Henry, Bishop of Winchester, Stephen made a promising start, but Matilda would not give up her birthright and tried to hold the English barons to their oaths. The result was more than a decade of civil war that saw England split apart. Empress Matilda is often remembered as aloof and high-handed, Stephen as ineffective and indecisive. By following both sides of the dispute and seeking to understand their actions and motivations, Matthew Lewis aims to reach a more rounded understanding of this crucial period of English history and asks to what extent there really was anarchy. AUTHOR: Matthew Lewis trained in law and is now a full time author of historical fiction and non-fiction. His main interest is medieval history and he has a number of books on that topic, including The Survival of the Princes in the Tower and Richard, Duke of York: King by Right. 32 illustrations
By:   Matthew Lewis
Imprint:   Pen and Sword
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 234mm,  Width: 156mm, 
ISBN:   9781526718334
ISBN 10:   1526718332
Pages:   256
Publication Date:   01 December 2019
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Matthew Lewis trained in law and is now a full time author of historical fiction and non-fiction. He also blogs on his website, Matt's History Blog, and can be found on Twitter as @mattlewisauthor. His main interest is medieval history and he has a number of books on that topic, including The Survival of the Princes in the Tower and Richard, Duke of York: King by Right.

Reviews for Stephen and Matilda's Civil War: Cousins of Anarchy

This book made me want to read further into the subjects, and like a good book, it re-kindled my passion for this bit of history and wanting to learn more. This book would be ideal at this time of year, as you would be able to snuggle down and really get into it on these dark evenings. I enjoyed the book very much and compliment the author on his work, I am going to give this book a very good indeed 4 out of 5 stars.--The UK Historian


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