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Henry I and the Anglo-Norman World

Henry I and the Anglo-Norman World: Studies in Memory of C. Warren Hollister

Copyright Date: 2007
Edition: NED - New edition
Published by: Boydell and Brewer,
Pages: 240
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    Henry I and the Anglo-Norman World
    Book Description:

    It is a testament to C. Warren Hollister's ongoing influence that the reign of Henry I, until his work on the period relatively neglected, is now a vibrant field of inquiry - to which this collection, a special volume of the Haskins Society Journal dedicated to his memory, makes a significant contribution. Its distinguished contributors, many former Hollister students, cover a wide range of areas: royal biography; political history, including Church-State relations and relations with neighbors such as Maine and Ireland as well as the English people Henry ruled; administrative history, including fiscal management; and prosopography, especially of the major developments in the Anglo-Norman aristocracy under Henry's reign. This volume thus continues and extends Hollister's scholarly legacy.BR> Contributors: ROBERT S. BABCOCK, RICHARD E. BARTON, STEPHANIE MOOERS CHRISTELOW, DAVID CROUCH, RAGENA C. DE ARAGON, LOIS L. HUNEYCUTT, DAVID S. SPEAR, HEATHER J. TANNER, KATHLEEN THOMPSON, ANN WILLIAMS, SALLY N. VAUGHN.

    eISBN: 978-1-84615-552-9
    Subjects: History

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  1. Front Matter
    (pp. i-vi)
  2. Table of Contents
    (pp. vii-vii)
  3. Editor’s Note
    (pp. viii-viii)
  4. Preface
    (pp. ix-xiv)
    Janet M. Pope and Donald F. Fleming
  5. Abbreviations
    (pp. xv-xviii)
  6. Bibliography: C. Warren Hollister’s Publications
    (pp. xix-xxiv)
  7. 1 C. Warren Hollister and the Private Life of Henry I
    (pp. 1-15)
    Lois L. Huneycutt

    That the bookHenry Ihas had a long and complicated history is no secret. As C. Warren Hollister’s friend and colleague Jeffrey Burton Russell explained in his preface to the book, it was over forty years ago that Hollister first contracted to write the volume for what was then the University of California’sEnglish Monarchsseries.² Hollister was, before 1965, occupied with writing a series of three books and five articles expanding upon the subject of his 1960 dissertation, ‘The Military Organization of England under the First Three Norman Kings’. 3 Always intending to return to the great project,...

  8. 2 From the Thames to Tinchebray: The Role of Normandy in the Early Career of Henry I
    (pp. 16-26)
    Kathleen Thompson

    By the spring of 1107 Henry I, the youngest of the Conqueror’s four sons, had emerged as his father’s sole heir. He had reconstituted the Conqueror’s cross-Channel realm, having ruled England for more than six years, secured Normandy at the battle of Tinchebray and consigned his elder brother to a lifetime as a political prisoner. Apart from a few loose ends, such as Robert of Bellême, with whom he would deal later, his political settlement in Normandy in the aftermath of the battle was remarkably sure-footed and would enable him to maintain this position for the rest of his life....

  9. 3 Henry I and the English
    (pp. 27-38)
    Ann Williams

    It is a great honour to have been asked to contribute to this tribute to Warren Hollister, whom I knew from his many visits to the Battle Conferences, always enriched by his presence. We did not share the same field of studies, but given that he was the founding father of the Haskins Society, it is appropriate that this paper was delivered to the first meeting of the ‘British Haskins’, on the occasion of the Annual Day-Conference held on 12 September 2002 at the Institute of Historical Research in London. The paper is presented here more or less as it...

  10. 4 The Irish Sea Province and the Accession of Henry I
    (pp. 39-62)
    Robert S. Babcock

    In chapter 409 of hisGesta regum Anglorum, William of Malmesbury writes: ‘Muirchetach, king of the Irish, and his successors, whose names are not reported, were so devoted to our King Henry that they wrote nothing except what would please him and did nothing except what he told them to do.’² The passage seems easy to dismiss as hyperbole, much as Sir Frank Stenton dismissed similar references to William the Conqueror and Ireland in the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle, an effort by Malmesbury to indicate something of the scope and grandeur of Henry’s power or to show the awe in which Henry...

  11. 5 Henry I, Count Helias of Maine, and the Battle of Tinchebray
    (pp. 63-90)
    Richard E. Barton

    On 28 September 1106, King Henry I of England defeated his older brother, Duke Robert Curthose of Normandy, in battle near Tinchebray in southern Normandy.¹ For all that this battle allowed Henry to reunite the two parts of his father’sregnumunder one ruler, the coup de grace at Tinchebray was delivered not by Henry himself, nor by hisfamilia. Instead, Henry’s allies, the troops of Maine and Anjou under the command of Count Helias of Maine, led the charge that broke Curthose’s line and delivered Normandy to Henry. Tinchebray has been ably studied by several recent historians, including Warren...

  12. 6 Robert of Beaumont, Count of Meulan and Leicester: His Lands, his Acts, and his Self-Image
    (pp. 91-116)
    David Crouch

    Robert of Beaumont, lord of Beaumont-le-Roger and Pont Audemer, count of Meulan and Leicester, died in 1118. He belonged to a generation of the Anglo-Norman aristocracy which experienced critical changes in what it meant to be an aristocrat, and which enjoyed the enormous opportunities presented by the conquest of England by the Norman dynasty. Unfortunately, his generation was the one which immediately preceded the expansion in the production of written acts by lay people so suggestively explored by Michael Clanchy. The collection of Robert’s acts does not therefore result in much of a harvest, quite unlike the hundreds of acts...

  13. 7 The Double Display of Saint Romanus of Rouen in 1124
    (pp. 117-132)
    David S. Spear

    This paper brings together several stories that cross in Rouen in the summer of 1124. The point of intersection was the double viewing of the relics of St. Romanus at Rouen Cathedral, our knowledge of which derives from a hitherto neglected document – Archives départementales de la Seine-Maritime G 3666 (hereafter simply G 3666). It is appropriate that G 3666 in particular should engender this article in honor of C. Warren Hollister, for it was he who first called it to my attention in his research seminar in 1977. And it is symptomatic of the degree to which G 3666 has...

  14. 8 Henry I and the English Church: The Archbishops and the King
    (pp. 133-157)
    Sally N. Vaughn

    Orderic Vitalis says of King Henry I: ‘He inquired into everything and retained all he heard in his tenacious memory. He wished to know all the business of officials and dignitaries; and since he was an assiduous ruler, he kept an eye on all the happenings in England and Normandy.’¹ Clearly Orderic, and C. Warren Hollister, who quotes this passage, firmly believed that Henry had his hands on the reins of government as had no other English king before him. Hollister credits Henry with extraordinary administrative abilities, applying ‘reason, system and order’ to a new, precocious English political system.² Yet...

  15. 9 The Fiscal Management of England under Henry I
    (pp. 158-182)
    Stephanie Mooers Christelow

    And the same Restold owes £239 and 15s and 2d for defaults on county payments; namely, for one year’s produce and demesne, for granges and mills, for fisheries, for villeins and borders, ploughs and ploughmen and hay. And in defaults for the land for which there was no grain.²

    This entry from the only Exchequer record to survive the first half of the twelfth century, along with thousands of others contained in the thirty-membrane manuscript, indicates that the complex and centralized administration of Henry I (1100–1135) was impaired by inefficiency and incompetence. It suggests as well that the obstacles...

  16. 10 Henry I’s Administrative Legacy: The Significance of Place-Date Distribution in the Acta of King Stephen
    (pp. 183-199)
    Heather J. Tanner

    When one thinks about Stephen’s reign, anarchy and civil war, rather than administration, are the terms that come to mind. Notwithstanding the famous passage in the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle, of a time when ‘Christ and His saints slept’, and the English people ‘suffered nineteen winters for our sins’, the study of Stephen’s administration, and not just the Anarchy, has had a long and distinguished historiography. There are two main trends in the studies of Stephen’s administration. The first emphasizes the extent of the decline of administrative structures, especially the Exchequer and Chancery. For example, H. W. C. Davis characterized Stephen’s reign...

  17. 11 The Child-Bride, the Earl, and the Pope: The Marital Fortunes of Agnes of Essex
    (pp. 200-216)
    RáGena C. DeAragon

    Over twenty years ago, at the inaugural meeting of the newly founded Haskins Society in Houston, Texas, I delivered a talk entitled ‘The Tale of the Cradle-Robber Baron’, a marital history of an aristocratic male, Aubrey III de Vere, first earl of Oxford (d. 1194). Two decades ago scholars generally portrayed women of the medieval aristocracy as marriage pawns – pawns of the crown as rewards or bribes for the king’s policies or pawns of their male relatives in the game of recruitment and alliance between families – and the earl’s first two wives appeared to have played the role of pawn...

  18. Back Matter
    (pp. 217-217)