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The Struggle for Mastery: The Penguin History of Britain, 1066-1284

by David Carpenter

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This is a damn fine book for a non-academic history. Carpenter has managed to capture an enormous amount of the subtleties of the period, distil massive academic historical debates into two sentences, and yet deliver a fast-paced and engaging history of England from the conquest to the emergence of parliament. ( )
1 vote Canadrian | May 31, 2009 |
Very dense reading, and somewhat hard to get through. Really good source of information, with lots of attention to historiographical debates and areas of contention. Good bibliographies. I tend to disagree with Carpenter's interpretations on several points. ( )
  Gwendydd | Dec 18, 2007 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0140148248, Paperback)

Drawing upon vast amounts of fresh research, David Carpenter’s remarkable new book brings to life medieval Britain in the tumultuous period between the Norman conquest of England and the English conquest of Wales under Edward I. This epoch saw a profound reshaping of Britain, as Norman and Anglo-Saxon peoples were molded together into a new identity, and the development of a powerful parliamentary tax-based state enabled England to dominate the rest of Britain at the end of the thirteenth century. Yet as Carpenter’s wide-ranging narrative makes clear, during this time England was also linked in an entirely new way to continental Europe, leaving plenty of space for the ambitions of Britain’s other rulers, namely the princes of Wales and the king of Scots, to emerge.

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