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John Gillingham

John Gillingham challenges an idea, recently presented in History Today, that the Anglo-Saxon King Egbert was responsible for the naming of England.

'Beyond the pale' - the imperialists' vision of the Irish as ignoble savages originated in the attitudes and writings of medieval Englishmen.

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.

Richard I being anointed during his coronation in Westminster Abbey, from a 13th-century chronicle

What made for a good king in the Middle Ages? John Gillingham argues the case for Richard the Lionheart

Malcolm Vale