By SEWARD Desmond
The Plantagenets reigned over England longer than the other kinfolk - from Henry II, to Richard III. 4 kings have been murdered, got here on the subject of deposition and one other was once killed in a conflict via rebels. Shakespeare wrote performs approximately six of them, extra entrenching them within the nationwide Myth.
Based on significant modern assets and up to date learn, acclaimed historian Desmond Seward presents the 1st readable review of the entire impressive dynasty, in a single quantity.
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The Plantagenets reigned over England longer than the other relations - from Henry II, to Richard III. 4 kings have been murdered, got here with reference to deposition and one other was once killed in a conflict by means of rebels. Shakespeare wrote performs approximately six of them, extra entrenching them within the nationwide Myth.
Based on significant modern assets and up to date study, acclaimed historian Desmond Seward offers the 1st readable assessment of the full striking dynasty, in a single quantity.
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William adds, ‘his primary concern was restoring order and he took care to ensure the law’s full strength returned to England, where under King Stephen it seemed dead and buried. He appointed men to administer proper justice in every region of the realm and see laws were kept, keeping down criminals and deciding disputes . . ’10 The Exchequer at Westminster (so called from a black and white cloth on the table around which its officials sat) looked after the revenue. In Henry I’s time it had met only at Easter and Michaelmas, chaired by the king or the justiciar, to audit accounts and question sheriffs about tax discrepancies, although it also supervised the collection of income from royal estates and forests, using notched wooden tally sticks as receipts and sheepskin scrolls as records (the Pipe Rolls).
Little is known about her except that she was the daughter of a knight from the Welsh Marches, young and very beautiful, and that the king kept her at the royal palace of Woodstock, within easy reach of Clarendon. When she died at the nunnery of Godstow in 1176, Henry buried her in a tomb before the high altar, a shrine at which, on his instructions, the nuns burned candles. Henry terrified the toughest courtier. His rages verged on insanity, like the tantrum described by Becket in 1166 when he ripped off his clothes and ate the straw on the floor.
Lurid rumours surrounded her, such as her having slept with her new husband’s father – credited by Walter Map, who thought that in marrying Henry she was committing incest and brought a curse on their children. None the less, ‘incomparable’ is how the monk Richard of Devizes describes Eleanor. ’6 Her assets outweighed her bad name as Aquitaine stretched from Poitou to the Pyrenees, meaning that Henry now ruled more of France than King Louis. Within a month he was at Barfleur, preparing to invade England.
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