Synopses & Reviews
"Richard Lionheart (Richard I), has been traditionally viewed as warrior king, and a model of kingly and knightly virtues. In this work, the king's greatness as a military commander is demonstrated, his skills as politician and administrator are also highlighted. Draws on the latest work of feudalism, corrects many misconceptions and presents a vital new approach to one of medieval history's most fascinating periods. Uses original French as well as English sources. Covers England, as well, as the Crusades. Readers interested in Medieval History. Also available in Hardcover 0-582-25660-7.
This ground-breaking and substantive new history considers Richard's reign from a perspective that is as much French as English. Viewing the king himself as a great military commander, it also shows him as a more competent administrator than previously acknowledged. Modern revisionist work allows the authors to correct many misconceptions about Richard's French possessions, and recent scholarship on his rival, Philip Augustus, permits examination of the formidable threat that the resurgent Capetian monarchy represented.