1217: The Battles that Saved England (Hardcover)

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By Catherine Hanley, Tina Ross (Maps by)
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An engrossing history of the pivotal year 1217 when invading French forces were defeated and the future of England secured.

In 1215 King John had agreed to the terms of Magna Carta, but he then reneged on his word, plunging the kingdom into war. The rebellious barons offered the throne to the French prince Louis and set off the chain of events that almost changed the course of English history.

Louis first arrived in May 1216, was proclaimed king in the heart of London, and by the autumn had around half of England under his control. However, the choice of a French prince had enormous repercussions: now not merely an internal rebellion, but a war in which the defenders were battling to prevent a foreign takeover. John's death in October 1216 left the throne in the hands of his 9-year-old son, Henry, and his regent, William Marshal, which changed the face of the war again, for now the king trying to fight off an invader was not a hated tyrant but an innocent child.

1217 charts the nascent sense of national identity that began to swell. Three key battles would determine England's destiny. The fortress of Dover was besieged, the city of Lincoln was attacked, and a great invasion force set sail, and unusually for the time, was intercepted at sea. Catherine Hanley expertly navigates medieval siege warfare, royal politics, and fighting at sea to bring this remarkable period of English history to life.

About the Author

Catherine Hanley has a PhD in Medieval Studies, specialising in 12th- and 13th-century warfare. She has written five books of popular history including Matilda: Empress, Queen, Warrior (2019) and Two Houses, Two Kingdoms: A History of France and England, 1100-1300 (July 2022), both for Yale University Press. Matilda was named by both the Financial Times and BBC History Magazine as one of their 'Best Books of 2019'. She lives in Somerset.

Praise For…

“Meticulous research and a perfectly crafted, well-paced narrative will transport you to one of the most important moments in the story of England.” —Matt Lewis, host of the 'Gone Medieval' podcast

“A treasure of a book, highly recommended.” —Michael Livingston, author of 'Agincourt: Battle of the Scarred King'

“A fascinating history of the tumultuous events during the final months of John's reign and the re-birth of England under his son Henry.” —Professor Kelly DeVries

“With 1217: The Battles That Saved England, Catherine Hanley takes readers on a journey to the tumultuous era of the Baron's War, recounting this real life Game of Thrones with genuine narrative flair. A must read for history buffs, and any fans of an epic yarn.” —Richard Cullen, bestselling author of the 'Wolf of Kings' series

Product Details
ISBN: 9781472860873
ISBN-10: 147286087X
Publisher: Osprey Publishing
Publication Date: May 7th, 2024
Pages: 304
Language: English