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William of Newburgh: The History of English AffairsBook 1$
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Print publication date: 1998

Print ISBN-13: 9780856683053

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: February 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9780856683053.001.0001

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William of Newburgh

William of Newburgh

The History of English Affairs Book I

(p.25) William of Newburgh
William of Newburgh: The History of English Affairs

P. G. Walsh

M. J. Kennedy

Liverpool University Press

This chapter details the text and translation of William of Newburgh's History of English Affairs, Book I. After his introductory chapters on the first three Norman kings, William devoted a further twenty-nine chapters to the reign of Stephen, at the time of whose death in 1154 the author was a youth of some eighteen years. The civil strife which occupied much of the reign provided the major theme of Book I, from which William's attitude to warfare clearly emerges. Considerable attention is also devoted in Book I to the business of rulership, and to the qualities needed for success in it. The author's treatment of English monarchs is judicious, and occasionally judicial. More characteristic, perhaps, are his balanced estimates of William I and Henry I, both of them rulers of whom overall he approved.

Keywords:   William of Newburgh, English history, Norman kings, King Stephen, warfare, rulership, English monarchs, William I, Henry I

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