Gothic Kings of Britain

The Lives of 31 Medieval Rulers, 1016–1399

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About the Book

This biographical history tells the story of 31 Gothic monarchs who fought in the crusades, enforced their feudal rights throughout the kingdom, sponsored the growth of representative government through a parliament, and ultimately created a military power that would dominate European affairs. In the process, the narrative recaptures the dramatic and chaotic span of the years between 1000 and 1400, when the great European monarchies were still in their formative stages.
The book discusses the lives of English and Scottish kings in the context of their eras, discussing their achievements and failures, their relations with the Church and foreign powers, and their overall influence on the suppression of the nobility and the development of the monarchy as the primary governing institution of both Scotland and England.

About the Author(s)

Philip J. Potter is retired and lives in Hoschton, Georgia.

Bibliographic Details

Philip J. Potter
Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Pages: 196
Bibliographic Info: charts, appendix, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2009
pISBN: 978-0-7864-4038-2
eISBN: 978-0-7864-5248-4
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Preface      1

PART ONE: GOTHIC KINGS OF ENGLAND

Genealogical Charts      5

Pre-Norman Invasion, Late House of Anglo-Denmark, 1016–1066      8

CNUT, 995–1016–1035      9

HAROLD I, 1017–1035–1040      14

HARTHACNUT, 1018–1040–1042      17

EDWARD III, 1005–1042–1066      19

HAROLD II, 1022–1066–1066      26

House of Normandy, 1066–1154      35

WILLIAM I, 1027/28–1066–1087      35

WILLIAM II RUFUS, 1060–1087–1100      43

HENRY I, 1068–1100–1135      48

STEPHEN, 1096–1135–1154      54

House of Plantagenet, 1154–1399      61

HENRY II, 1133–1154–1189      61

RICHARD I, 1157–1189–1199      68

JOHN, 1167–1199–1216      75

HENRY III, 1207–1216–1272      82

EDWARD I, 1239–1272–1307      87

EDWARD II, 1284–1307–1327      94

EDWARD III, 1312–1327–1377      101

RICHARD II, 1367–1377–1399–1400      108

PART TWO: GOTHIC KINGS OF SCOTLAND

Genealogical Charts      117

House of Canmore, 1058–1290      119

MALCOLM III, 1031–1058–1093      119

DONALD III, 1033–1093–1097–1099      124

DUNCAN II, 1060–1094–1094      126

EDGAR I, 1074–1097–1107      128

ALEXANDER I, 1077–1107–1124      130

DAVID I, 1085–1124–1153      133

MALCOLM IV, 1141–1153–1165      141

WILLIAM I, 1143–1165–1214      144

ALEXANDER II, 1198–1214–1249      150

ALEXANDER III, 1241–1249–1286      155

MARGARET I, 1283–1286–1290      160

House of Bruce, 1292–1371      161

JOHN BALLIOL, 1250–1292–1296–1313      161

ROBERT I, 1274–1306–1329      164

DAVID II, 1324–1329–1371      174

Appendix: Contemporary Gothic Rulers of Europe      181

Bibliography      185

Index      187