Stephen: The Reign of Anarchy (Penguin Monarchs)
|Rating||:||4.15 (729 Votes)|
|Number of Pages||:||128 Pages|
Ishbish said Concise,incisive, clear.. Excellent intro to the king and the period for someone relativy new to both (me). The author interprets characters, chronicles, and events. Kindle note: the footnotes work perfectly and the illustrations are full-size and in color.
About the AuthorCarl Watkins is the author of History and the Supernatural in Medieval England.
Carl Watkins is the author of History and the Supernatural in Medieval England.
But there was another problem: Stephen himself. As Watkins shows here, the resulting violence throughout England arose from the struggle to navigate a new and turbulent kind of politics.. Known as 'the anarchy', the reign of Stephen (1135-1141) saw England plunged into a civil war that illuminated the fatal flaw in the powerful Norman monarchy: without rules ordering succession, conflict within William the Conqueror's family was inevitable. Unable to transcend his flawed claim to the throne, Stephen's actions betrayed his uneasiness. With the nobility of England and Normandy anxious about the prospect of a world without the tough love of the old king Henry I, Stephen styled himself a political panacea—a promise he was unable to keep