Introduction: a surfeit of lampreys; 1. 'Born in the purple'; 2. 'By the grace of God, king of the English'; 3. Testing times, 1101-3; 4. The conquest of Normandy, 1104-7; 5. Reform and reconstruction, 1107-8; 6. Defence of his dominions, 1108-15; 7. Triumph and disaster, 1116-20; 8. Surviving the wreck, 1120-4; 9. Matilda and the succession, 1125-8; 10. Rescuing the marriage, 1129-35; 11. The ruler; 12. 'Guardian of the church'; 13. The court and court culture; Conclusion: 'once the peace and glory of the world'.
This book presents the first comprehensive biography of Henry I, as well as an evocation of his court.
Judith A. Green is Professor of Medieval History at the University of Edinburgh. She is the author of The Government of England under Henry I (1986) and The Aristocracy of Norman England (1997) and is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society.
'Judith Green provides us with the best available biography of
Henry I ... Green's biography ... shows the richness derived from
having lived with study of the king for decades, and it skilfully
provides an account of the reign and his kingship that is both
detailed and accessible.' BBC History Magazine
'It is a work of sustained scholarship and balanced judgement ... a remarkable tour de force ... Professor Green adds new facts and modifies existing narratives. ... This fine biography does him justice.' The Times Literary Supplement
'Green's is the first work to provide a comprehensive and integrated examination of Henry's reign not only as king of England but also as Duke of Normandy.' Sixteenth Century Journal
'Beautifully written, this is a book that is accessible to all, and deserves to become the standard work on Henry I. War, sex, violence, tragedy, political intrigue, paranoia: it is the stuff of fiction. Henry I lived it.' The Medieval Review
'Henry I King of England and Duke of Normandy is a masterful and engrossing biography of one of England's most fascinating and perhaps least known monarchs. The author uses primary sources to excellent effect, enlivening and enriching the text with fascinating contemporary facts. There is a comprehensive biography, a set of family trees and even a diagram of the harbour of Barfleur, where the White Ship sank.' Rachel Bellerby, Suite101.com
"A valuable and sure-handed synthesis." -Choice
"[Henry I] will provide a useful introduction to his reign and to the Anglo-Norman world of the late eleventh and early twelfth century to both undergraduate and graduate students." -David Stewart Bachrach, University of New Hampshire, Journal of Medieval Studies
"Judith A. Green, who first made her mark with an excellent book on Henry I's government in England...has since written on various topics, many of which shed light on Henry's reign, and she is therefore highly qualified to write this biography." -Hugh M. Thomas, American Historical Review