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Restoration and Reform, 1153–1165
Recovery from Civil War in England


Part of Cambridge Studies in Medieval Life and Thought: Fourth Series

  • Date Published: June 2006
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521026581

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  • This book examines the processes by which effective royal government was restored in England following the civil war of Stephen's reign. It questions the traditional view that Stephen presided over 'anarchy', arguing instead that the king and his rivals sought to maintain the administrative traditions of Henry I, leaving foundations for a restoration of order once the war was over. The period from 1153 to 1162, spanning the last months of Stephen's reign and the early years of Henry II's, is seen as one primarily of 'restoration' when concerted efforts were made to recover royal lands, rights and revenues lost since 1135. Thereafter 'restoration' gave way to 'reform': although the administrative advances of 1166 have been seen as a watershed in Henry II's reign, the financial and judicial measures of 1163–65 were sufficiently important for this, also, to be regarded as a transitional phase in his government of England.

    • A reappraisal of the so-called 'anarchy' of the reign of King Stephen, emphasizing administrative continuity
    • Focuses unusually on administration in the reign of Henry II pre-1166, yielding new information on the recovery of estates, financial restitution, and especially judicial settlements
    • Establishes 1163–65 as an important transitional period of the reign, when 'restoration' gave way to financial and judicial reform
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    'This monograph as a firm grasp of the source material and a clearly and compellingly argued thesis.' Annual Bulletin of Historical Literature

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    Product details

    • Date Published: June 2006
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521026581
    • length: 272 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 153 x 17 mm
    • weight: 0.42kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of abbreviations
    1. The political context
    2. The governance of England during Stephen's reign
    3. Personnel and property
    4. Financial recovery
    5. The administration of justice
    6. Conclusion

  • Author

    Graeme J. White, University College Chester

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