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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 it was amazing · 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.
Mar 22, 2009 Armen Chakmakjian rated it really liked it · review of another edition
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.
Mar 06, 2015 Brynna rated it really liked it · review of another edition
I cannot vouch for the accuracy or comprehensiveness of this book, but as a restful distraction from my chemistry dissertation it was invaluable. Readable enough to be pleasant, but not so absorbing that I couldn't put it down to go back to work.
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 ...moreMore about Richard Barber...