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3. Politics, Law, and Religion in the Early Middle Ages

3. Politics, Law, and Religion in the Early Middle Ages  

John Gillingham and Ralph A. Griffiths

in Medieval Britain: A Very Short Introduction

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Aug 2000
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Sep 2013
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9780191776564
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780192854025.003.0003
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9780192854025
Wales in the eleventh century was a group of small kingdoms without stable borders. They changed in accordance with law and politics. The English kings had done little to impose military ... More
2. The Plantagenet Kings

2. The Plantagenet Kings  

John Gillingham and Ralph A. Griffiths

in Medieval Britain: A Very Short Introduction

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Aug 2000
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Sep 2013
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9780191776564
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10.1093/actrade/9780192854025.003.0002
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Henry II is best remembered for his dubious part in the murder of Thomas Becket, archbishop of Canterbury. ‘The Plantagent Kings’ looks at the lives of the medieval English kings from the ... More
6. Æthelred and Cnut: The Decline of the English Monarchy

6. Æthelred and Cnut: The Decline of the English Monarchy  

John Blair

in The Anglo-Saxon Age: A Very Short Introduction

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Aug 2000
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Sep 2013
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9780191776571
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10.1093/actrade/9780192854032.003.0006
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9780192854032
The following two reigns after Eadgar would show that there were many limitations to West Saxon kingship of England. Edward ‘the Martyr’ lasted just a short while before being replaced ... More
6. The ‘Middle Ages’ of ‘others’

6. The ‘Middle Ages’ of ‘others’  

Miri Rubin

in The Middle Ages: A Very Short Introduction

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Oct 2014
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Oct 2014
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9780191781285
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10.1093/actrade/9780199697298.003.0007
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9780199697298
‘The “Middle Ages” of “others”’ considers the people outside the Christian faith—Muslims, pagans, and Jews—to be found at the borders of Europe as well as within its midst. Christian ... More
7. The End of the Anglo-Saxon Kingdom

7. The End of the Anglo-Saxon Kingdom  

John Blair

in The Anglo-Saxon Age: A Very Short Introduction

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Aug 2000
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Sep 2013
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9780191776571
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10.1093/actrade/9780192854032.003.0007
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9780192854032
English government changed greatly between the reigns of Alfred and Edward, and so did English society. The mid-ninth to mid-eleventh centuries saw rapid growth in population and economy. ... More
5. England at War, 1290–1390

5. England at War, 1290–1390  

John Gillingham and Ralph A. Griffiths

in Medieval Britain: A Very Short Introduction

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Aug 2000
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Sep 2013
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9780191776564
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10.1093/actrade/9780192854025.003.0005
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The late Middle Ages, from around 1290, was both a turbulent and decadent period. England's civil and foreign wars lasted for many years and cost vast amounts of money and lives. ‘England ... More
4. The Mongols and the world: part 1

4. The Mongols and the world: part 1  

Morris Rossabi

in The Mongols: A Very Short Introduction

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Apr 2012
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Sep 2013
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9780199365906
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10.1093/actrade/9780199840892.003.0004
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9780199840892
By the time of the accession of Khubilai Khan (Chinggis's grandson) as the Great Khan in 1260, the Mongols were ruling over a huge east–west empire stretching from Korea to Iraq and Russia. ... More
6. Politicizing martyrdom

6. Politicizing martyrdom  

Jolyon Mitchell

in Martyrdom: A Very Short Introduction

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Nov 2012
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Sep 2013
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9780191777882
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10.1093/actrade/9780199585236.003.0006
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9780199585236
Political figures who commit suicide sometimes have more influence after the event than before. They render themselves memorable by their deaths. Certain deaths are invested with more ... More
3. ‘How it really was’: truth, archives, and the love of old things

3. ‘How it really was’: truth, archives, and the love of old things  

John H. Arnold

in History: A Very Short Introduction

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Feb 2000
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Sep 2013
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9780191776342
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10.1093/actrade/9780192853523.003.0003
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9780192853523
‘‘How it really was’: truth, archives, and the love of old things’ examines history's development through the Enlightenment. After the Renaissance, Pyrrhonists saw history as biased and ... More
5. The Viking Invasions and the Rise of the House of Wessex

5. The Viking Invasions and the Rise of the House of Wessex  

John Blair

in The Anglo-Saxon Age: A Very Short Introduction

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Aug 2000
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Sep 2013
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9780191776571
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10.1093/actrade/9780192854032.003.0005
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9780192854032
At the start of the ninth century, Britain had enjoyed two centuries of peace from foreign attacks. ‘The Viking Invasions and the Rise of the House of Wessex’ explains the sudden rise of ... More
7. Still at War, 1390–1490

7. Still at War, 1390–1490  

John Gillingham and Ralph A. Griffiths

in Medieval Britain: A Very Short Introduction

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Aug 2000
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Sep 2013
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9780191776564
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10.1093/actrade/9780192854025.003.0007
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9780192854025
The fifteenth century was a turbulent one. As in the twelfth century, an element of dynastic instability was injected into English politics at the end of the fourteenth century which ... More
4. The Economy in the Early Middle Ages

4. The Economy in the Early Middle Ages  

John Gillingham and Ralph A. Griffiths

in Medieval Britain: A Very Short Introduction

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Aug 2000
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Sep 2013
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9780191776564
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10.1093/actrade/9780192854025.003.0004
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In the eleventh century, England was predominantly an agrarian economy. Over 90 per cent of the people lived in the country. ‘The Economy in the Early Middle Ages’ looks at the economic ... More
Medieval Britain: A Very Short Introduction

Medieval Britain: A Very Short Introduction  

John Gillingham and Ralph A. Griffiths

Print Publication Year: 
Aug 2000
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Sep 2013
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9780191776564
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780192854025.001.0001
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book
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9780192854025
Medieval Britain: A Very Short Introduction covers the establishment of the Anglo-Norman monarchy in the early Middle Ages, through to England's failure to dominate the British ... More
A very short introduction

A very short introduction  

Nicholas Vincent

in Magna Carta: A Very Short Introduction

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Jun 2012
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Sep 2013
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9780191777806
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10.1093/actrade/9780199582877.003.0001
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9780199582877
‘A very short introduction’ establishes the date of the Maga Carta (1215), the meaning of the title (‘the Great Charter’), and the document's purpose. The first Magna Carta began life as a ... More
The Englishman

The Englishman  

Nicholas Cronk

in Voltaire: A Very Short Introduction

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Feb 2017
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Feb 2017
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10.1093/actrade/9780199688357.003.0004
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Voltaire arrived in London in May 1726, primarily to publish a definitive edition of his epic La Henriade as censorship made this impossible in France. ‘The Englishman’ describes how ... More
History: A Very Short Introduction

History: A Very Short Introduction  

John H. Arnold

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Feb 2000
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Sep 2013
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9780191776342
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10.1093/actrade/9780192853523.001.0001
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9780192853523
History: A Very Short Introduction is an essay about how we study and understand history. Rather than concentrating on a specific period of history, it discusses the theory of ... More
7. The telling of truth

7. The telling of truth  

John H. Arnold

in History: A Very Short Introduction

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Feb 2000
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Sep 2013
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9780191776342
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10.1093/actrade/9780192853523.003.0007
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9780192853523
‘The telling of truth’ looks at how a true picture of history can be obtained. Mentalités are useful, but risk homogenizing history into one true story. History is a balance between ... More
IntroductionUnderstanding the Book of Common Prayer

Introduction: Understanding the Book of Common Prayer  

Brian Cummings

in The Book of Common Prayer: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
Aug 2018
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Aug 2018
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9780191842160
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10.1093/actrade/9780198803928.003.0001
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9780198803928
Understanding the Book of Common Prayer requires many approaches: historical, linguistic, theological, ethical, political, literary. Apart from two brief interludes, it was England’s ... More
2. The Rise of Robinocracy

2. The Rise of Robinocracy  

Paul Langford

in Eighteenth-Century Britain: A Very Short Introduction

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Aug 2000
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Sep 2013
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9780191776540
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10.1093/actrade/9780192853998.003.0002
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9780192853998
‘The Rise of Robinocracy’ describes the establishment of the Hanoverian regime and the Whig system. The failure of the Jacobite rising of 1715 left the new dynasty secure and able to forge ... More
2. Crusades in the eastern Mediterranean

2. Crusades in the eastern Mediterranean  

Christopher Tyerman

in The Crusades: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
Oct 2005
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Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191776182
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10.1093/actrade/9780192806550.003.0003
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chapter
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9780192806550
From 1095 until the end of the Middle Ages, western Europeans undertook wars in defence or promotion of their religion throughout the eastern Mediterranean, in the Iberian peninsula, the ... More

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