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by Christopher Tyerman

This is part of an eight-volume series providing short biographies of men and women from Roman to Victorian times. Each entry places the subject in the context of their age and evokes what was distinctive and interesting about their personality and achievement. The biographies are arranged in a broadly chronological rather than alphabetical sequence so that the reader may easily browse from one contemporary to the next. The index, with its many cross-references, reveals further linkages between contemporaries. Each volume is a portrait of an age, presenting history in a biographical form which complements the conventional approach.
Download Who's Who in Early Medieval England, 1066-1272 (Who's Who in British History S.) epub
ISBN: 0856830917
ISBN13: 978-0856830914
Category: History
Subcategory: Europe
Author: Christopher Tyerman
Language: English
Publisher: Shepheard-Walwyn (Publishers) Ltd (January 1, 1999)
Pages: 400 pages
ePUB size: 1722 kb
FB2 size: 1309 kb
Rating: 4.7
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Love this book, I keep it handy. As I read historical or historical fiction, I love being able to turn to this book to find out more about the real person being used in the book as a character. I turn to this book often.
very satisfied
Great book. Really informative. Thank you.
Very informative and will be used as a reference resource while working on my family tree. Great information on dates and families.
Excellent book informative and easy to read.
I attest that the copy on the back flap is correct: "...entries of the subjects are placed in the contexts of their time and the chronological arrangements foster a sense of intimacy and narrative, allowing readers to read...from cover to cover and to gain new insights into the particular era's history." Let's underline that reference to "intimacy and narrative". I have only read this single volume from a series of eight. However, after reading Christopher Tyerman's essays in "Who's Who in Early Medieval England..." it is clear that he has a gift for condensing factual information (one might say distilling it) while laying bare the family, social, political and military networks that fashioned this strangest, most brutal, most religious of times.

Alliances were everything. Never forget the meaning of "alliance" in its medieval context: it signified a wedding ring. If Tyerman seems surprisingly detailed in showing who was related to whom, and to what degree, it is because he understands the intricate systems of alliances and hostilities (hatreds, envies and resentments) lubricating the workings of a crazed age. Had the author strayed a few degrees off course this tome could have been pedantic, but it is not. Networks and their obligations drove the restless, mad, often violent, sometimes compassionate feudal machine, and Tyerman demonstrates his fluent command of how wheels within wheels went to work. "Who's Who in Early Medieval England..." occasionally seems to combine the essences of The Plantagenet Chronicles and a sort of medieval People magazine. This is a very effective book.

Robert Fripp, author of
"Power of a Woman. Memoirs of a turbulent life: Eleanor of Aquitaine"