Stephen and Matilda by Jim Bradbury

Anarchy

A little known period of history this time. Perhaps the first civil war in our country’s history this 14 year period known as The Anarchy. Usually it gets overlooked as we leap from William the Conqueror to Henry II but this is the conflict that brought the latter to power. This book provides a good understanding of what 12th century warfare was really like – slow going sieges rather than pitched battles. At times it reads a little bit too much like a phd thesis but that doesn’t make it unreadable.

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