Henry Plantagenet: A Biography of Henry II of England

Henry II is the most imposing figure among the medieval kings of England His fiefs and domains extended from the Atlantic to the Mediterranean, and his court was frequented by the greatest thinkers and men of letters of his time, besides ambassadors from all over Europe This readable and accessible biography offers both a study of his character, and an estimate of his woHenry II is the most imposing figure among the medieval kings of England His fiefs and domains extended from the Atlantic to the Mediterranean, and his court was frequented by the greatest thinkers and men of letters of his time, besides ambassadors from all over Europe This readable and accessible biography offers both a study of his character, and an estimate of his work as a ruler, work which is in a sense the history of his life, since it occupied his entire energies from his accession at the age of twenty one to his death thirty five years later Nor is this the mere routine of government from the desolate and lawless anarchy of Stephen s reign, and against the opposition of the great magnates and the Church, he built in England a stable and prosperous realm, and welded his diverse inheritance overseas into a single, and by the standards of the time, peaceful, unit Only the folly of John dispersed his empire, and his work in England left an enduring mark on the institutions by which we are governed todayARD BARBER s other books include Tournaments, with Juliet Barker, Edward Prince of Wales and Aquitaine, The Life and Campaigns of the Black Prince, The Knight and Chivalry and books on King Arthur he is currently working on a study of the legend of the Holy Grail 1154 1189
Henry Plantagenet A Biography of Henry II of England Henry II is the most imposing figure among the medieval kings of England His fiefs and domains extended from the Atlantic to the Mediterranean and his court was frequented by the greatest thinkers an

  • Title: Henry Plantagenet: A Biography of Henry II of England
  • Author: Richard Barber
  • ISBN: 9780851158242
  • Page: 348
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 1 thought on “Henry Plantagenet: A Biography of Henry II of England”

    1. Richard Barber succeeded in writing a reader friendly biography/nonfiction book on Henry II, which really isn't that easy a feat. Henry Fitz empress, as he liked to refer to himself; was complex in my opinion. I think that his infamous fits of anger just added to the mix. You see, I wonder if Henry was just as frustrated by his outbursts as those whom they were directed at. What I know without a doubt, is while that growing up Henry set his sights on England, and greatness. It is now said that o [...]

    2. I cannot vouch for the accuracy or comprehensiveness of this book, but as a restful distraction from my chemistry dissertation it was invaluable. Readable enough to be pleasant, but not so absorbing that I couldn't put it down to go back to work.

    3. Less comprehensive than Henry II by Warren, but if you want something shorter, this is THE book on Henry II (after Warren's, of course). Again, historical writers can take tips from Barber on how to write a "keep reading" biography.

    4. History of Henry II and a very enjoyable book it is. I found this book to be a very easy and enjoyable read. Well worth the time.

    5. Nearly unreadable. The prose is flabby and poorly edited, and clearly the author enjoys hearing himself go on. Still looking for well-written English history; this isn't it.

    6. Really a good explanation of the time of Henry II, and his famous and infamous sons. If you've seen "The Lion in Winter" or "Becket" with Peter O'Toole, this is the real history behind it.

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