The Struggle for Mastery: Britain, 1066-1284

Hardcover | March 24, 2004

byDavid Carpenter

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The years from 1066-the Norman conquest of England-to 1284-the English conquest of Wales--were momentous ones in the history of Britain. In this comprehensive synthesis canvassing the peoples, economies, religion, languages, and political leadership of medieval Britain, David Carpenter weavestogether the histories of England, Scotland, and Wales. Arguing that English domination of the kingdom was by no means a foregone conclusion, Carpenter analyzes the multiple struggles for mastery of Great Britain. He explains why English monarchs focused on continental landholdings more than theisland of Great Britain and narrates the loss of Normandy, Anjou, and Acquitaine. He recounts how the Welsh kings strove to recover areas lost to the Normans and to assert dominion over one another, and how the kings of Scotland expanded their realm to create a united Scotland. Based on readings ofprimary and secondary sources, Carpenter sheds light on major highlights of the period including the Battle of Hastings, the murder of Becket, and the signing of the Magna Carta, as well as intermarriage, the feudal system, and the characters of key figures. This new interpretation is a definitiveintroduction to the period for general readers.

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The years from 1066-the Norman conquest of England-to 1284-the English conquest of Wales--were momentous ones in the history of Britain. In this comprehensive synthesis canvassing the peoples, economies, religion, languages, and political leadership of medieval Britain, David Carpenter weavestogether the histories of England, Scotland,...

David Carpenter is Professor of Medieval History, King's College, University of London

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:640 pages, 5.98 × 9.29 × 1.61 inPublished:March 24, 2004Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195220005

ISBN - 13:9780195220001

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"Although mainly a work of synthesis, The Struggle for Mastery: Britain 1066-1284 makes a substantial contribution to our knowledge and interpretation of the period. Carpenter's book takes its place immediately as one of the best on the subject. There is nothing as up-to-date as The Strugglefor Mastery with a comparable perspective."--History