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The Earl, the Kings, and the Chronicler

Format: Academic Monograph
Media: Hardback
PublisherCode: 9780198797814
Publisher: OUP Oxford

The Earl, The Kings, And The Chronicler is the first full length biography of the most important baron in the civil war of King Stephen's reign (1135-54) known as the Anarchy. Topical chapters focusing on the three major phases of Earl Robert of Gloucester's life (c.1088-1147) allow readers to delve into the politics and culture of England's feudal monarchy and aristocratic life during the first half of the twelfth century. Special attention is given to the grounds for Earl Robert's military and political leadership of the party favoring the claim to the throne of Robert's half-sister Matilda against Stephen and to the earl's commissioning of the scholar William of Malmesbury to write a history of their times, which, as the Historia Novella, became a 'white paper' justifying Matilda's claim to the throne and his patron's sponsorship of it.

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