Tales From the Long Twelfth Century The Rise and Fall of the Angevin Empire Richard Huscroft

Publication date:
02 Feb 2016
Yale University Press
336 pages: 235 x 156mm
15 b-w illus.
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This intriguing book tells the story of England’s great medieval Angevin dynasty in an entirely new way. Departing from the usual king-centric narrative, Richard Huscroft instead centers each of his chapters on the experiences of a particular man or woman who contributed to the broad sweep of events. Whether noble and brave or flawed and fallible, each participant was struggling to survive in the face of uncontrollable forces. Princes, princesses, priests, heroes, relatives, friends, and others—some well known and others obscure—all were embroiled in the drama of historic events.
Under Henry II and his sons Richard I (the Lionheart) and John, the empire rose to encompass much of the British Isles and the greater part of modern France, yet it survived a mere fifty years. Huscroft deftly weaves together the stories of individual lives to illuminate the key themes of this exciting and formative era.

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Read an article by Richard Huscroft on the YaleBooks blog, The Rise and Fall of The Angevin Empire

Richard Huscroft teaches history at Westminster School, London, and is the author of three previous books. He lives in London.

“Inventive, engaging and wonderfully vivid.”—Katherine Harvey, Times Literary Supplement

“…an inventive journey through the first Plantagenet century, that leaves us with much the same impression of the family that contemporaries formed: mad, bad and dangerous to know.”—Dan Jones, Sunday Times

“An innovative approach that… works very well indeed… a good, original book”—Marc Morris, BBC History