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A royal dynasty descended from the counts of Anjou that provided the kings of England 1154-1485 (also known as the Plantagenets). Only the first three - Henry II, Richard I and John - are called... read more

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A damned inheritance, hopelessly over-extended and out-resourced by the kings of France? Or an effective empire thrown away by incompetence and harshness? John Gillingham weighs the blame for John...

For centuries King John has been regarded as the embodiment of an evil ruler. But, says Graham E. Seel, this image is largely the creation of monastic chroniclers with an axe to grind. A close examination of contemporary records reveals a more nuanced character.

Volume: 62 Issue: 2 2012

The Tudor historian John Guy returns to his medieval roots to examine the true nature of the relationship between Henry II and his ‘turbulent priest’ Thomas Becket.

Volume: 62 Issue: 4 2012

The historian’s desire for certainty is hard to square with the fragility of sources and their constant reworking by the profession. Casting a cold eye on the remaining evidence relating to the deaths of Edward II and Richard II, Ian Mortimer plots a way forward for his discipline.

Volume: 60 Issue: 12 2010

Henry II was fatally injured by the Count of Montgomery during a jousting tournament. He died on July 10th, 1559.

Volume: 59 Issue: 7 2009

Richard the Lionheart was born in Oxford on September 8th 1157.

Volume: 57 Issue: 9 2007

Nick Barratt argues that Normandy’s loss in the reign of King John has had a far-reaching impact on Britain.

Volume: 54 Issue: 3 2004

Nicholas Vincent celebrates the founder of the Plantagenet dynasty who was crowned December 19th 1154.

Volume: 54 Issue: 12 2004

Arthur of Brittany was captured on August 1st, 1202.

Volume: 52 Issue: 8 2002
January 6th, 1153
Volume: 53 Issue: 1 2002

England's royal black sheep may well turn out to be the instigator of the ancient ceremony linking Church and Crown. Arnold Kellett explains how this came about.

Volume: 40 Issue: 4 1990

Robin Studd shows how Henry III's acceptance after 1259 of vassal status for England's one remaining continental territory of Gascony gave enormous scope for interference by the French crown.

Volume: 36 Issue: 4 1986

The Angevin Empire may have come about by a mixture of luck and calculation, but skill and respect for local custom were required for Henry II to preserve it intact.

Volume: 36 Issue: 2 1986

A damned inheritance, hopelessly over-extended and out-resourced by the kings of France? Or an effective empire thrown away by incompetence and harshness? John Gillingham weighs the blame for John's loss of the Angevin dominions.

Volume: 36 Issue: 4 1986

The boy-king Henry VI was crowned King in England and in France. But the symbols of regal majesty at his Coronations, argue Dorothy Styles & C.T. Allmand, could not disguise the fragility of the union.

Volume: 32 Issue: 5 1982

Anthony Dent describes how this rich French province remained a royal English vineyard for a good three centuries.

Volume: 29 Issue: 7 1979

For the cogent reasons explained here by Anthony Beadles, the revolt against King John was led largely by the Northern barons.

Volume: 29 Issue: 5 1979

The King of Aragon was deeply involved in the religious wars of the thirteenth century in south-western France, writes Jan Read.

Volume: 25 Issue: 12 1975

A. Compton Reeves describes the events of 1435, the year when the rule of the house of Lancaster began to decline in England as well as France.

Volume: 22 Issue: 10 1972

J.L. Kirby describes an episode in the long struggle of the English Kings to keep their fiefs as Dukes of Aquitaine.

Volume: 18 Issue: 1 1968

Hugh Ross Williamson describes how, in the fierce dynastic struggles of the later fifteenth century, Edward IV’s brother, George Plantagenet, played a devious and ill-fated part.

Volume: 16 Issue: 12 1966

Alex R. Myers introduces the conciliatory and resourceful, hard-working and generousthe brother of Henry V, who was both an able soldier and a gifted Regent of France. Even his treatment of St. Joan by contemporary standards seems neither harsh nor dishonourable.

Volume: 10 Issue: 7 1960

Albert Makinson offers a study of Edward II's “over-mighty subject” who, having suffered a violent death as a rebel against the King, became a popular hero and a strong candidate for canonization.

Volume: 10 Issue: 10 1960

A.H. Burne analyses the key factors that led to what would be a major victory in the Hundred Years' War.

Volume: 6 Issue: 9 1956

A.H. Burne describes how, 500 years ago at the Battle of Castillon, where the Great Talbot lost his life, the English crown forfeited its 300-year-old dominion over Aquitaine.

Volume 3: Issue: 4 1953

Arthur Bryant continues his series by examining the background to the Magna Carta.

Volume 3: Issue: 12 1953

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