Lax State of Affairs:
King Stephen and the Empress Matilda revisited

Edmund King

20th October 2012

Conference Suite, Main Hall, St Andrew's Hospital, Billing Road, Northampton

The succession dispute during the reign of Stephen (1135-1154) caused a prolonged civil war, which resulted in an agreement that the Empress Matilda's son should succeed as Henry II. The lecture will consider the impact of the civil war on Northamptonshire and neighbouring counties, and will show how such experiences fed in to the final peace settlement.

Edmund King is Emeritus Professor of Medieval History at the University of Sheffield. He is a member of the Council of the Society and was formerly General Editor. His study of King Stephen in the Yale "English Monarchs" series has recently been reissued in paperback.

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