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  • British & Irish history: c 1000 to c 1500,
  • Literary studies: classical, early & medieval,
  • Literature - Classics / Criticism,
  • History,
  • History: World,
  • Literary Criticism,
  • British Isles,
  • United Kingdom, Great Britain,
  • Medieval,
  • Europe - Great Britain - General,
  • Literary Criticism & Collections / Medieval,
  • English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh,
  • British literature,
  • Congresses,
  • Court and courtiers,
  • Great Britain,
  • Historiography,
  • History and criticism,
  • To 1500

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Edition Notes

ContributionsRuth Kennedy (Editor), Simon Meecham-Jones (Editor)
The Physical Object
Number of Pages288
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL8400412M
ISBN 101403966443
ISBN 109781403966445

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This is a scholarly book from the publisher of "Eleanor of Aquitaine: Lord and Lady," in the same series and style. The latter title offers a multi-faceted portrait of Eleanor, whereas "Writers of the Reign of Henry II: Twelve Essays" positions Henry as figurehead rather than figure.4/5(1). This collection of work studies the often neglected writers of the second half of the twelfth century in England. At this time three languages competed for recognition and prestige and carved out their own spaces, while an English-speaking populace was ruled by a French-speaking aristocracy and administered by a Latin-speaking and writing clergy. Books shelved as henry-ii: Time and Chance by Sharon Kay Penman, Devil's Brood by Sharon Kay Penman, When Christ and His Saints Slept by Sharon Kay Penma. Get this from a library! Writers of the reign of Henry II: twelve essays. [Ruth Kennedy, Dr.; Simon Meecham-Jones;] -- This volume brings together the work of scholars studying the writers of the second half of the 12th century in England. It provides an introduction for advanced students to the witty and self-aware.

Henry II (5 March – 6 July ), also known as Henry Curtmantle (French: Court-manteau), Henry FitzEmpress or Henry Plantagenet, was King of England from to his death. He was the first king of the House of Louis VII of France made him Duke of Normandy in Henry became Count of Anjou and Maine upon the death of his father, Geoffrey of Predecessor: Stephen. Henry II was an enigma to contemporaries, and has excited widely divergent judgments ever since. Dramatic incidents of his reign, such as his quarrel with Archbishop Becket and his troubled relations with his wife, Eleanor of Aquitaine, and his sons, have attracted the attention of historical novelists, playwrights, and filmmakers, but with no unanimity of interpretation/5(52).   Simon Meecham-Jones opens his Introduction by stating that the period fostered a range of literature "without precedent in English cultural history" (p. 2), while Rosalind Field concludes her essay by writing that "The literature of the reign of Henry II is seminal to the development of English fiction" (p. ).Author: Siân Echard.   Henry II, –89, king of England (–89), son of Matilda, queen of England, and Geoffrey IV, count of was the founder of the Angevin, or Plantagenet, line in England and one of the ablest and most remarkable of the English kings. Early Life Henry's early attempts to recover the English throne, which he claimed through his mother, were unsuccessful.

Henry III, –72, king of England (–72), son and successor of King John. Reign Early Years Henry became king under a regency; William Marshal, 1st earl of Pembroke, and later Pandulf acted as chief of government, while Peter des Roches was the king's guardian. At the time of Henry's accession, England was torn by civil war and partially occupied by the French . M. S. Griffith, “Poetic Language and the Paris Psalter: the decay of the Old English Tradition,” Anglo-Saxon England 20 (), pp. – According to Griffith the non-formulaic alliterative verse of the Paris Psalter “exemplifies a poetics in which rhythm and meaning have come to stand in an oblique, divergent relationship, where, for the Beowulf poet, these were harmonious and Author: Elizabeth Solopova. Reign Attitude towards Protestants. Henry's reign was marked by wars with Austria and the persecution of Protestants, mainly Calvinists known as II severely punished them, particularly the ministers, for example by burning at the stake or cutting off their tongues for uttering heresies.. Henry II was made a Knight of the Garter, April Predecessor: Francis I. “This is what you get when you found a political system on the family values of Henry VIII. At a point in the not-too-remote future, the stout heart of Queen Elizabeth II will cease to beat. At that precise moment, her firstborn son will become head of state, head of the armed forces, and head of the Church of England.