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30,566. According to this legend all fifteen Plantagenet kings of England were descended from the demon Countess of Anjou. (England & Medieval) Professor Robert Bartlett, The Plantagenets I, BBC 2014
30,567. When the Plantagenets won the kingdom of England it was shattered and lawless. Under their rule it was transformed into one of the best governed states in Christendom. But their story is one of intrigue, conflict and violence. (England & Medieval) ibid.
30,568. Henry’s and Stephen’s armies confronted one another here at Wallingford Castle. (England & Henry II & Stephen & Medieval) ibid.
30,569. Henry did battle with the French King, the rebel barons and his own sons for eighteen months. (England & Henry II & Medieval) ibid.
30,570. The Plantagenet’s future now lay in the hands of Richard, a dynamic and bloodthirsty warrior. (England & Richard I & Medieval) ibid.
30,571. But John wanted more money: he was determined to fund an army to win back his Plantagenet birth-right. (England & John & Civil War & Medieval) ibid.
30,572. Once again the Plantagenets plunged England into Civil War. (England & John & Civil War & Medieval) ibid.
30,573. Medieval England reached its peak: Parliament was born, and the clear sense of national identity emerged. Their roots were in France; French was their language. (England & Medieval) Professor Robert Bartlett, The Plantagenets II
30,574. The Channel was no longer a bridge but a barrier between competing powers. (England & Medieval) ibid.
30,575. Edward the Confessor is the only English king to be canonised. (England & Medieval) ibid.
30,576. De Montfort saw himself as England's saviour ... De Montfort raised an army against the king. (England & Civil War & Medieval) ibid.
30,577. De Montford’s parliament of 1265 is often regarded as the forerunner of the modern parliament. (England & Civil War & Medieval) ibid.
30,578. The Jews became the chief source of credit for the King and his Barons ... Edward decided to expel the entire Jewish population from his realm - some two to three thousand Jews. (England & Edward I & Jewry & Medieval) ibid.
30,579. The Welsh surrendered to the English king the crown of King Arthur. (England & Wales & Great Britain & Medieval) ibid.
30,580. Around 5,000 English infantrymen died at Stirling Bridge ... Wallace's defiance shook Edward. (England & Scotland & Great Britain & Medieval) ibid.
30,581. Roger Mortimer was now Isabella’s lover. (England & Edward II & Medieval) ibid.
30,582. The English Army was now the most feared in Europe. (England & Medieval) ibid.
30,583. Crecy marked a high point of the Plantagenet dynasty. (England & Battle & Medieval) ibid.
30,584. Henry had deposed Richard and installed himself as king ... Plantagenet turned against Plantagenet. (England & Henry IV & Richard III & Medieval) Professor Robert Bartlett, The Plantagenets III
30,585. The Peasants’ Revolt – the greatest uprising in the history of medieval England. (England & Protest & Demonstration & Medieval) ibid.
30,586. Doubt over Henry’s right to rule cast a shadow over his own heir Henry V. (England & Henry IV & Henry V & Medieval) ibid.
30,587. Agincourt was just the beginning of Henry’s plan of conquest. (England & Henry V & Medieval) ibid.
30,588. In just one generation Henry V’s spectacular legacy had vanished. (England & Henry V & Medieval) ibid.
30,589. The country was divided by the houses of Lancaster and York. (England & Medieval) ibid.
30,590. This once mighty dynasty ended in oblivion. (England & Medieval) ibid.
30,513. To the early medieval mind the world could appear as mysterious, even enchanted. Behind the wonder was a faith that the world was divinely ordered. But in time that faith would be shaken by an extraordinary cultural revolution: a revolution in the way we think, in the way we analyse the physical world and in our experience of other cultures and continents. (England & Medieval) Dr Robert Bartlett, Inside the Medieval Mind I: Knowledge
30,514. There’s scholarship, science, intellectual exploration and sophisticated logic. (England & Medieval) ibid.
30,515. Medieval records are brimful of sightings of strange creatures. (England & Medieval) ibid.
30,516. Throughout the Middle Ages people believed things that today strike us as paradoxical. (England & Middle Ages & Medieval) ibid.
30,517. Human reasoning, argued [Thomas] Aquinus, derives from God. (England & Reason & Medieval) ibid.
30,518. Contact with the Arab world brought more than an introduction to Aristotle. (England & Medieval) ibid.
30,519. Bacon’s vision of a technological future clearly signals a radical shift that was to occur in our attitude to the physical world. (England & Science & Medieval) ibid.
30,520. In the medieval world women are adored but also prompt loathing and disgust. (England & Women & Medieval) Dr Robert Bartlett, Inside the Medieval Mind II: Sex
30,521. Most parents would have lost one or more of their children. (England & Children & Medieval) ibid.
30,522. Humans beings occupied a position halfway between the animals and the angels. (England & Medieval) ibid.
30,523. The cult of virginity exerted a powerful grip on the minds of many medieval women. (England & Women & Medieval) ibid.
30,524. The Black Death was a fourteenth century apocalypse. (England & Plague & Medieval) ibid.