This ground-breaking new study considers Richard's reign from a perspective that is as much French as English. Viewing the king himself as a great military commander, it also shows him as a more competent administrator than previously acknowledged. Modern revisionist work on feudalism allows them to correct many misconceptions about Richard's French possessions that arise from seeing them through a traditional 'feudal' lens; and they take advantage of recent scholarship on Richard's rival, Philip Augustus, to examine the formidable, and probably insurmountable, threat that the re-surgent Capetian monarchy represented to his empire. This is a very fine work of substance on one of medieval history's most fascinating periods.
"significant and useful...important to anyone interested in King Richard, the history of the various territories under his control, or the study of medieval government" "Albion" "This book is both useful and important." "H-net reviews" "a monograph that presents the Lionheart's reign in a much more complete way than any previous study...an exemplary study that places Richard more fimly in his European context than ever before." "Speculm"