All too often British history means English history and the histories of Wales, Scotland and Ireland are left to scholars of the 'Celtic Fringe'. In this clear and authoritative introduction to the medieval history of the British Isles, the four countries are viewed together, revealing the similarities and contrasts between the different regions. During the period 1100-1400 the British Isles formed a political sphere of great complexity, and
were closely integrated with continental Europe. The most dynamic power was that represented by the Anglo-Norman aristocracy, church and monarchy, and their successor, the Plantagenet state. Robin Frame traces the expansion of this power, which by 1300 had embraced the whole of Wales and much of
Ireland. He examines how the Scottish kings alone sustained and extended rival orbit, and how the prolonged clash between the two monarchies eventually loosened the control of each other over its Gaelic fringes.For this Clarendon Paperback edition, Professor Frame has added a new bibliographical essay, surveying recent work in what is becoming a thriving area of study.
`By dint of its intelligence and perceptiveness, it stimulates as well as informs, and provides a context for the expert as well as introduction for the novice.'
Times Educational Supplement
`Frame offers the reader a chance to view the narrative of the island as a whole, in which regional occurences are compared and contrasted with equal weight. Informative and lucid.'
The Medieval World
`A book that informs us about Ireland and Wales and that also has a fresh view of Edward I's plans for the Scottish succession or the role of Commons and commoners in fourteenth-century baronial opposition belongs on every student's shelf. Welcoming the paperback edition is the least tribute we can pay.'
Speculum - A Journal of Medieval Studies