King Stephen

King Stephen This compelling new biography provides the most authoritative picture yet of King Stephen whose reign with its nineteen long winters of civil war made his name synonymous with failed lea

  • Title: King Stephen
  • Author: Edmund King
  • ISBN: 9780300112238
  • Page: 241
  • Format: Hardcover
  • This compelling new biography provides the most authoritative picture yet of King Stephen, whose reign 1135 1154 , with its nineteen long winters of civil war, made his name synonymous with failed leadership After years of work on the sources, Edmund King shows with rare clarity the strengths and weaknesses of the monarch Keeping Stephen at the forefront of his accounThis compelling new biography provides the most authoritative picture yet of King Stephen, whose reign 1135 1154 , with its nineteen long winters of civil war, made his name synonymous with failed leadership After years of work on the sources, Edmund King shows with rare clarity the strengths and weaknesses of the monarch Keeping Stephen at the forefront of his account, the author also chronicles the activities of key family members and associates whose loyal support sustained Stephen s kingship In 1135 the popular Stephen was elected king against the claims of the empress Matilda and her sons But by 1153, Stephen had lost control over Normandy and other important regions, England had lost prestige, and the weakened king was forced to cede his family s right to succession A rich narrative covering the drama of a tumultuous reign, this book focuses well deserved attention on a king who lost control of his destiny.

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    1. As Always a excellent biography in the Yale English Monarchs Series. I found the book very enlightening, as although England was immersed in a disastrous Civil War with Henry I legitimate daughter Matilda for most of his Reign, the work showed(at least to me) that the King was anything a m,an before his time, as he always sought the most 'peaceful' solutions when unfortunately what was both required and lacking was a strong hand! Excellent!

    2. A modern appraisal of an important period in English history, the reign of King Stephen. It's an academic book, though at the more accessible end of such. It's an interesting, well written study of a man who failed at what he attempted to do as his adult life's work, who came between two of the most successful medieval English kings.

    3. King Stephen is an interesting historical figure just because of the almost, stop-gap feel hi gives to his role. It always intrigued me that a man with living sons, would be pressured into granting his kingdom to a more distant relative. Politics is fascinating and Edmund King does an excellent job of presenting the maneuverings which led to the take-over by Henry Fitz Empress.Writing from primary sources is never easy and from as distant as these must be --in varied languages of ‘old’ form- [...]

    4. King Stephen Edmund KingRead it in Hardcover at 384 pages including Biblio+Appendix+mapsThe time when Henry I died without direct heir and before Henry II, his grandson, could attain the throne; England was in the grip of civil war. Stephen, a trusted and well-loved nephew assumed the throne in 1135 and held in contention for which the chroniclers of the time have labelled, The Anarchy. Mr. King follows Stephen from an early Count in Henry's court and his early administration of Mortain includin [...]

    5. This is the third of the English Monarch series that I have read and it is the best so far. While clearly academic, King uses modern analogies to make the book accessible to the lay reader. What would be dry facts in another book, makes for compelling political drama here. He deftly handles a large cast of characters in a convoluted period in English history. Everyone that he writes about is distinctive. He is decidedly neutral about Robert Fitz Roy and the The Empress, but manages to defend Geo [...]

    6. A good biography of King Stephen. Not completely chronological, with discussions of key persons of influence during Stephen's ascension and fall.

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