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The Making of England: To 1399, Volume 1 8th Edition

C. Warren Hollister, Robert C. Stacey, Robin Chapman Stacey

  • Published
  • Previous Editions 1996, 1992
  • 432 Pages


This text, which is the first volume in the best-selling History of England series, tells how a small and insignificant outpost of the Roman empire evolved into a nation that has produced and disseminated so many significant ideas and institutions.

C. Warren Hollister, University of California, Santa Barbara

Robert C. Stacey, University of Washington, Seattle

Robin Chapman Stacey, University of Washington, Seattle

I. The Birth of the Realm: To 1066
1. Celtic and Roman Britain
Britain Before the Romans
The Roman Invasions of Britain
The Conquest of the North
The Romanization of Southern Britain
Agricultural Prosperity in the Third and Fourth Centuries
The Fracturing of the Western Roman Empire
The End of Roman Britain
Britain in the Fifth and Sixth Centuries
The Anglo-Saxon Conquest
2. Conversion and Unification: Anglo-Saxon England to the Death of King Alfred (899)
The "Celtic Church"
The Roman Church and Continental Monasticism
The Mission to England
The Conversion of Northumbria
The Synod of Whitby (664) and the Origins of "Englishness"
Theodore and the Restructuring of the Anglo-Saxon Church
Renaissance and Renewal
Vernacular Literature
Missions to the Continent
Kingship and Power in Early Anglo-Saxon England
Toward Political Consolidation: Mercia
Toward Political Consolidation: Wessex
The Viking Age and the Birth of the English Monarchy
Alfred the Great
3. Late-Saxon England
The Consequences of Political Unification
The Monastic Reform Movement
The Administrative Strength of of the Late Anglo-Saxon State
Law and Justice
Finance, Coinage, Towns, and Taxation
Changes on the Land
Social Mobility
Late-Anglo-Saxon Art
The Reign of Ethelred "the Unready" (978-1016) and the New Invasions
The Reign of Cnut (1016-1035)
The Reign of Edward the Confessor (1042-1066)
The Reign of Harold II and the Norman Conquest (1066)
II. The Growth of the Realm: 1066 to 1216
4. The Impact of the Norman Conquest
The Conquest Consolidated
The Norman Church
The Problem of Feudalism
The Administrative Contributions of William the Conqueror
The Impact of the Norman Conquest upon English Society and the English Economy
The End of the Reign
5. Norman England: William II, Henry I, and Stephen
The Reign of William Rufus (1087-1100)
The Reign of Henry I (1100-1135)
The Reign of King Stephen (1135-1154)
6. "The Devil''s Brood": Henry II, Richard, and John
Military and Financial Reforms Under Henry II
Henry II and the Common Law
Henry II and the Church
The Angevin Empire
Richard the Lion-Hearted (1189-1199)
The Reign of Richard I
King John (1199-1216): An Evaluation
The Collapse of the Angevin Empire
The Struggle with the Papacy
Magna Carta (1215)
7. Society, Economy and Culture in High-Medieval England
Towns and Commerce in High-Medieval England
Twelfth-Century London
The Jews of Angevin England
The Landholding Aristocracy
Medieval Children
The Agrarian Economy of High-Medieval England and the Emergence of Common-Law Villeinage
Peasant Life in an English Village
High-Medieval Christianity
The New Orders
Intellectual Life
Art and Literature
III. The Community of the Realm: 1216 to 1307
8. The Troubled Reign of King Henry III (1216-1272): Monarchy, Community, and Parliament
The Government of England During the Minority
The Personal Rule of King Henry III (1236-1258)
The Problems of Crown Finance (1236-1258)
The King and the Jews
The Period of Baronial Reform and Rebellion (1258-1267)
The Emergence of Parliament
9. The Reign of Edward I
Law and Administration
The Wars of Edward I
IV. The Realm in Transition: 1307 to 1399
10. The Bloom Fades: England in the Age of Edward II
Economic and Social Change in Fourteenth-Century England
The Reign of Edward II (1307-1327)
11. Edward III and the Hundred Years'' War
The Reign of Edward III (1327-1377)
Parliament in the Fourteenth Century
Law and Administration
Edward III and the Decline of Royal Authority
12. Death, Disorder, and Creative Flowering
The Black Death
Political Conflict
Religious Ferment
The Flowering of English Literature
Political Anticlericalism
John Wycliffe
The Great Revolt of 1381
The Reign of Richard II (1377-1399)
Conclusion. Appendix. Bibliography. Index