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Blood Cries Afar: The Forgotten Invasion of England 1216 by Sean McGlynn

By Sean McGlynn

The first ebook at the vital yet ignored French invasion of britain in 1216, which was once virtually a moment Norman Conquest

History got here inside of a hair's breadth of repeating itself, one hundred fifty years after the Norman Conquest. In 1216, benefiting from the turmoil created in England through King John's inept rule and the battle over Magna Carta, Prince Louis of France and his military of mercenaries and French squaddies invaded England and allied with English rebels. The prize was once the crown of britain. inside of months Louis had seized regulate of one-third of the rustic, together with London. this is often the 1st ebook to hide the bloody occasions of the invasion, essentially the most dramatic yet most unconsidered episodes of British background. The textual content vividly describes the campaigns, sieges, battles, and atrocities of the invasion and its colourful leaders—Louis the Lion, King John, William Marshal, and the mercenaries Fawkes de Béauté and Eustace the Monk—to supply the 1st targeted army research of this epic fight for England.

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Tony Moore has been very kind in this respect. I have also benefited from Louise Wilkinson’s research, and I am thankful to David Carpenter for directing her work my way. John Gillingham and Alexander Grant have also forwarded papers and useful comments. Special mention must go to Keith Stringer, whose work on the Scottish angle has been such a great help, and to the generosity of David Crouch and Stewart Gregory for an advanced look at their work on the wonderful new edition of The History of William Marshal; David Crouch’s notes have proved invaluable.

That these events have previously not received either a systematic military analysis or a monograph will hopefully afford this study some value. Beyond the grand political and military schemes there are at least two other important reasons why wars took on such significance in the Middle Ages. One is the role of the monarch. 6 Medieval society was, after all, violent; the feudal agreement expected a lord to protect his people, which necessarily demanded ability in the military sphere and the employment of violence to bring about peaceful ends.

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