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Normans and Early Plantagenets (An Alternative History of by Timothy Venning

By Timothy Venning

Continuing his exploration of the pathways of British historical past, Timothy Venning examines the turning issues of the interval from the loss of life of William I to the reign of Edward III and a bit past. As regularly, he discusses the an important junctions at which heritage may possibly simply have taken a unique flip and analyses the potential and sure effects. whereas inevitably speculative to some extent, the situations are all hugely believable and rooted in an organization knowing of really occasions and their context. In so doing, Timothy Venning provides the reader a clearer knowing of the standards at play and why issues occurred the way in which they did, in addition to a tantalizing view of what may perhaps so simply were assorted. 

Key situations mentioned during this quantity comprise: 

• The civil warfare of 1136-53, how both Stephen or Matilda may have received speedy and decisive victory and the most likely consequences.

• What if Richard the Lionheart had no longer long gone on campaign, leaving the inept John to rule in his position? may perhaps the English (Angevin) Empire in France were stored? What if that deadly crossbow bolt had overlooked Richard in 1199, sparing him an early death?

• What if Edward I's using coincidence in 1294 have been deadly, leaving Edward II to be triumphant at 10 years of age? 

• a complete bankruptcy bargains with eventualities surrounding the Scottish kings - What if Robert the Bruce were killed in 1306?

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