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At its greatest extent, the Angevin Empire stretched from the Scottish border to the Pyrenees. For fifty years it was the dominant political entity and "English" and "French" history were inextricably woven together. This study looks at how these disparate territories came together, how they were ruled, and whether they truly constituted an empire. The new edition of this ...more
Paperback, 160 pages
Published December 29th 2000 by Bloomsbury Academic (first published 1984)
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Lauren Albert
Jul 10, 2012 Lauren Albert rated it really liked it
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A very short book that I found myself wishing was a little longer when I found myself confused. But it cleared up for me and I learned a lot about the Angevins. Gillingham sees the Empire as "a family firm"--not united administratively or legally, but rather through personality. The king moved around quite frequently and made his presence known. Administrators were shifted around from place to place.

“The Angevin Empire was a family firm. It existed for the benefit of the family. The interests of
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Dean Irwin
Sep 20, 2013 Dean Irwin rated it really liked it
A very good introduction to the Angevin Empire which unlike many histories of this period of Angevin control takes the reader back to the beginning of the story and covers (briefly) the events of the Anarchy and the events that led to the formation of the Angevin Empire. On the whole a thoroughly objective introductory text with Gillingham even giving King John a fair evaluation - although some of his assessments commending Richard and condemning John are open to interpretation based on personal ...more
Tina
Nov 08, 2013 Tina rated it it was ok
I'm not sure why historians think that history has to be written in such a boring manner. Or, maybe the Angevins were simply not very interesting. Either way, this book was focused more on France than England, which is fine, except I am in the midst of a long study of English history and this sent me astray. Back to England for me.
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John Gillingham is emeritus professor of medieval history at the London School of Economics and Political Science. On the 19th July 2007 he was elected into the Fellowship of the British Academy

He is renowned as an expert on the Angevin empire.
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