Henry Plantagenet: A Biography
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Henry Plantagenet: A Biography

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"Henry II is the most imposing figure among the medieval kings of England. His fiefs and domains extended from the Atlantic to the Mediterranean, and his court was frequented by the greatest thinkers and men of letters of his time, besides ambassadors from all over Europe." "Richard Barber's life of Henry is both a study of his character and an estimate of his work as a ru...more
Hardcover, 280 pages
Published June 1st 1994 by Barnes & Noble Inc (first published January 1st 1993)
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Jul 20, 2010 Joyce rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who enjoys biographies or medieval history
Less comprehensive than Henry II by Warren, but if you want something shorter, this is THE book on Henry II (after Warren's, of course). Again, historical writers can take tips from Barber on how to write a "keep reading" biography.
Armen Chakmakjian
Really a good explanation of the time of Henry II, and his famous and infamous sons. If you've seen "The Lion in Winter" or "Becket" with Peter O'Toole, this is the real history behind it.
Nearly unreadable. The prose is flabby and poorly edited, and clearly the author enjoys hearing himself go on. Still looking for well-written English history; this isn't it.
Mick Maye
History of Henry II and a very enjoyable book it is. I found this book to be a very easy and enjoyable read. Well worth the time.
Jenny Torpin
I am surprised the affair with Clifford was not talked about in this book.
Taylor Kniphfer
A very sound biography of King Henry II of England.
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Richard William Barber (born 1941) is a prominent British historian who has been writing and publishing in the field of medieval history and literature ever since his student days. He has specialised in the Arthurian legend, beginning with a general survey, Arthur of Albion, in 1961, which is still in print in a revised edition. His other major interest is historical biography; he has published on...more
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