One thought on “The Troubled Reign Of King Stephen”

  1. This is, no surprise, one of the core books of my research into 12th century England for my novels.As a detailed narrative of what happened and who was involved, according to the various chroniclers of the period, it's a wonderful and valuable compendium. Where I have problems with it is Appleby's mostly uncritical acceptance of what those chroniclers say. Chroniclers of this time, who were almost invariably clergy/monks, have to be read with certain basic realizations in mind: they were often f [...]

  2. King Stephen is probably one of the least known kings of England by most people and those who do know him think of him as a bad king. why is that? Well, hence me reading this book. Well there are a lot of reasons first of all he did make a lot of mistakes he was lenient when he should have been harsh, harsh when he should have been lenient, made bad military decisions, and pushed the church when he shouldn't have. On the other hand he had major challenges to the throne through out his reign from [...]

  3. Appleby thoroughly covers the key events of Stephen's reign. In addition, the style is readable. However, this study is weakened by the author's open distaste for key figures such as the Empress, Henry Bishop of Winchester, and Ranulf of Chester; yet Stephen's virtues are trumpeted. All in all, I would hesitate to recommend this biography since more nuanced histories are available.

  4. Very useful book chronicles the events of the anarchy of Stephen's reign nicely. There is less analysis than a true biography, and the events are unfolded in a clear, fairly detached manner that allows the readers to draw many of their own conclusions.

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