Stephen Penguin Monarchs kindle Í Paperback

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Stephen Penguin Monarchs kindle Í Paperback ó [BOOKS] ✭ Stephen Penguin Monarchs By Carl Watkins – Dogsalonbristol.co.uk 'Stephen risked being seen as a man who never uite transcended the essential flawed ness of his claim to be king His actions betrayed uneasiness in his new skin' Remembered as a time in which 'Christ 'S'Stephen risked being seen as a man who never uite transcended the essential flawed ness of his claim to be king His actions betrayed uneasiness in his new skin' Remembered as a Carl Watkins succinctly tells the story of the tumultuous 19 years of King Stephen's reign usually relegated to approximately two lines in school history books in various unintentionally comical ways For example King Stephen spent his reign chasing his wife Empress Matilda around the country but he never caught her The Cadfael chronicles raised my interest in the period and Watkins outlines the chief protagonists Dealing with two Matildas is very confusing and some authors manage this by designating Henry I's designated heir Empress Matilda as Maud for some reason or simply ignoring the fact of Stephen's wife the eponymous ueen Matilda In Watkins interpretation she seems worthy of recognition than history has given herEmpress Matilda appears almost as a byline in the story as it was the changing loyalties of the various barons and Bishops who kept the family suabble going Then there is the sad story of Stephen's eldest son Eustace who was to inherit but who was rejected by his father just when his inheritance should have seemed secure Eustace died an angry and rejected heir predeceasing his father and effectively disappeared from the history books while the name itself fell out of usage too I always wondered where CS Lewis got the name from but Lewis' Eustace of course overcomes his resentment and selfish ways Watkins ascribes Stephen's failure to consolidate his reign in part to the fact that Norman castles were pretty much impregnable by the weapons available at the time and so things went on from seige to seige with no overall victory He also suggests that Stephen was basically a chivalrous knight who having become king failed to step up to the reuired level of tyranny instead continuing to treat his former peers with eual respect From the C21 we would think this a good thing but in C11 it was a disaster A man out of time perhaps

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Am the Conueror's family was inevitable But as this resonant portrait shows there was another problem too Stephen himself unable to make good the transition from nobleman to kin Good basic account and a uick read I will definitely read of this series

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Stephen Penguin MonarchsTime in which 'Christ and his saints slept' Stephen's troubled reign plunged England into anarchy Without clear rules of succession in the Norman monarchy conflict within Willi Eh not a huge fan of this one I don't like Stephen already To me he wasn't the correct ruler but he was the one who ended up crowned But even in this biography it felt like Stephen was a footnote and the focus was on Henry II rather than Stephen himself

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