England and its Rulers has established itself as the most attractive and authoritative account of English history from 1066. It brings the chronicle sources to life and makes original assessments of the kings and political events. Examining a period in which England was dominated by successive waves of foreign rulers, the book emphasizes how the Norman Conquest was followed by the Angevin Empire and then by the Poitevin ministers and favorites brought in by King John and Henry III. The book also includes coverage of the reign of Edward I (1272-1307), which considers his wars in Wales and Scotland and reassesses his character and achievements. The identity of British culture is analyzed in the light of these strong external influences.The last edition of this widely-acclaimed book functioned primarily as a political history of England in the later middle ages. For this third edition Clanchy has added three new chapters which examine the social and economic history of the period. These are concerned with the creation of wealth, the rise of the aristocracy and with chronicling a British as opposed to an exclusively English history. Additions and amendments have been made to the existing chapters and the bibliography and suggested further reading has been fully updated.
"An excellent treatment of political developments from the Conquest through the death of Edward I that is informed by [Clanchy's] wide knowledge of the written sources for the period." (Sixteenth Century Journal, Summer 2009)
"[This] is the third edition of a much admired textbook which has already introduced countless students to the period yet remains fresh and full of imulating insights. For this edition Clanchy has updated the existing chapters and added excellent new ones on the economy, lordship, and England?s position in Britain." (Annual Bulletin of Historical Literature, December 2008)
"Michael Clanchy is an engaging writer whose work is always notable for its clarity without oversimplifying the key academic debates. The third edition of this excellent survey text is no exception." (Journal of the Australian Early Medieval Association, Volume 4, 2008)
"MT Clanchy's supremely well-written account of the nation and its kings during this period retains its excellent introduction to the development of England after the Normans, but the three new chapters make it even more pertinent reading. Given current concerns over Britishness, this is a lively addition to the debate on where Britain's national identity derives from." (BBC History Magazine)
"A very good introduction to medieval England. The questions Clanchy raises, his frequent challenges to the views of other historians, his thoughtful and learned discussions of major issues in the history of medieval England, and his generous and explicit use of primary sources all combine to offer rich material for reflection and discussion." (Medieval Review)"MT Clanchy's supremely well-written account of the nation and its kings during this period retains its excellent introduction to the development of England after the Normans, but the three new chapters make it even more pertinent reading. Given current concerns over Britishness, this is a lively addition to the debate on where Britain's national identity derives from."
"A very good introduction to medieval England. The questions Clanchy raises, his frequent challenges to the views of other historians, his thoughtful and learned discussions of major issues in the history of medieval England, and his generous and explicit use of primary sources all combine to offer rich material for reflection and discussion."
"The third edition of England and its Rulers is much more than 'just' a textbook. It is, hands down, the liveliest, the most accessible and the most consistently interesting account we have of the multicultural influences that shaped the medieval English polity, and that made medieval England such a distinct and peculiar kingdom within the British Isles. There is a freshness and a breadth of vision and reference in Michael Clanchy's judgments that sets this book apart from all its competitors."
Robert C. Stacey, University of Washington
"Marvellously lucid, often provocative, and always aware that England's history must be discussed in its European context, this remains a superb book to stimulate interest. And the addition of three new chapters, on the creation of wealth, the matter of Britain, and lordship deepens the treatment and adds a further lively treatment of subjects very topical with historians at the moment."
David Bates, Institute of Historical Research
"England and its Rulers wins its third edition on merit, and my students will relish it, as they did the previous ones. It has been the best kind of textbook, the kind that gives the genuinely new reader the material needed to enter an alien world ... .The young will savor these pages and surely ask for more."
Paul Hyams, Cornell University
Preface to Second Edition.
Preface to First Edition.
Map 1 England and France.
Map 2 England and the Mediterranean.
Map 3 Edward I?s kingdom in Britain.
1. England's Place in Medieval Europe.
England and its conquerors.
Europe and the world.
Interpretations of English History.
England and Britain.
Part I: The Normans (1066-1135):.
2. The Norman Conquest (1066-87).
Immediately after the Conquest.
Debates about the Conquest.
English feelings about the Normans.
Names and languages.
3. Norman Government (1087-1135).
William Rufus and Henry I.
The development of institutions.
4. Church Reform.
The Anglo-Saxon church.
Lanfranc and Norman control.
Anselm and religios perfection.
5. The Creation of Wealth.
Competition between churches and towns.
Markets and money.
What was wealth?.
Did the Normans make a difference?.
Part II: The Angevins (1135-99):.
6. Struggles for the Kingdom (1135-99).
Property and Inheritance.
Stephen and Matilda.
Henry II?s ancestral rights.
Henry II and his sons.
7. Law and Order.
The law and feudalism.
The systems described by Glanvill.
Henry II?s intentions.
Why did England develop a system of its own?.
8. The Twelfth-Century Renaissance.
England?s place in this Renaissance.
Curiales and Latinists.
The Owl and the Nightingale.
Artists and patrons.
9. The Matter of Britain.
Arthur and Merlin.
Wales ? defining an allegiance.
Modernization in Scotland.
Civilization in Ireland.
Part III: The Poitevins (1199-1272):.
10. King John and the Minority of Henry III (1199-1227).
The Pointevin connection.
The record of King John.
The regency of William the Marshal.
Implications of the minority.
11. The Personal Rule of Henry III (1227-58).
The return of Peter des Roches.
Henry?s style of kingship.
Henry?s European strategy.
The ?Sicilian business?.
12. National Identity.
National feeling in Henry III?s reign.
The papacy and internationalism.
The identity of England.
The use of the English language.
From lordship to nation state.
The expulsion of the Poitevins.
13. The Commune of England (1258-72).
The confederates of 1258.
The idea of commune.
The Provisions of Oxford.
Henry III?s recovery.
Monarchy versus community.
The king and Westminster abbey.
14. Lordship and the Structure of Society.
Women and lordship.
Lords, freemen and serfs.
Lordship and management.
15. Epilogue: Edward I (1272-1307).
Assessing the king?s character.
The enforcement of royal rights.
The conquest of Wales.
The subjection of Scotland.
English law and nationalism.
Normans and Angevins.
Suggestions for Further Reading.
Series: Blackwell Classic Histories of England
Number Of Pages: 344
Published: 22nd September 2006
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.72 x 15.8 x 2.57
Weight (kg): 0.64
Edition Number: 3
Edition Type: Revised