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Anarchy: War and Status in 12th-Century Landscapes of Conflict

Oliver Creighton and Duncan Wright


The turbulent reign of Stephen, King of England (1135–54), has been styled since the late 19th century as 'the Anarchy’, although the extent of political breakdown during the period has since been vigorously debated. Rebellion and bitter civil war characterised Stephen’s protracted struggle with rival claimant Empress Matilda and her Angevin supporters over ‘nineteen long winters’ when, according to the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle, ‘Christ and his Saints slept’. Drawing on new research and fieldwork, this innovative volume offers the first ever overview and synthesis of the archaeological and materi ... More

Keywords: conflict, civil war, Stephen, Matilda, landscape, castle, anarchy, church, Norman, siege

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9781781382424
Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: September 2017 DOI:10.5949/liverpool/9781781382424.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Oliver Creighton, author
University of Exeter

Duncan Wright, author
University of Exeter