The "Angevin Empire" (1150-1204): A Twelfth-Century Union

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The “Angevin empire” is one of the many great myths that Victorian Britain imposed on a receptive English-speaking public. Like the idea that parliament is a unique creation out of a natural English democratic feeling, or that Britain is the home of a greater level of toleration and understanding than anywhere else, the Victorian myth of the “Angevin empire” has had a wide currency which reaches down to the twenty-first century. In academic circles, the place of the “Angevin empire”, with Norgate’s distinction between England as a separate entity from the Plantagenet lands on the continent, should have become secure. The case of Richard’s successions in 1189 makes the point more compellingly still that the new ruler’s elevation in the lands of the Angevins was accomplished by distinct means. Richard had been in a long-lasting succession dispute that involved himself, his two brothers, Geoffrey of Brittany and John Lackland, their father, Henry, and the king of the French, Philip Augustus.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationUnions and Divisions
Subtitle of host publicationNew Forms of Rule in Medieval and Renaissance Europe
EditorsPaul Srodecki, Norbert Kersken, Rimvydas Petrauskas
Place of PublicationAbingdon
Number of pages15
ISBN (Electronic)9781003199007
ISBN (Print)9781032057521
Publication statusPublished - 25 Nov 2022

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