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Henry Plantagenet: A Biography of Henry II of England

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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. This readable and accessible biography offers both a study of his character, and an estimate of his wo ...more
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published April 1st 2001 by Boydell Press (first published January 1st 1993)
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Mar 06, 2015 Brynna rated it really liked it
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.
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Aug 12, 2008 Joyce rated it it was amazing
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.
Mick Maye
Jul 04, 2011 Mick Maye rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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.
Taylor Kniphfer
Nov 27, 2011 Taylor Kniphfer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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A very sound biography of King Henry II of England.
Brennan
Aug 05, 2007 Brennan rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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.
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Mar 22, 2009 Armen Chakmakjian rated it really liked it
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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.
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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
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