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The Earl, the Kings, and the Chronicler: Robert Earl of Gloucester and the Reigns of Henry I and Stephen

Robert B. Patterson


This book is the first full length biography of Robert (c.1088 × 90–1147), grandson of William the Conqueror and eldest son of King Henry I of England (1100–35). He could not succeed his father because he was a bastard. Instead, as the earl of Gloucester, Robert helped change the course of English history by keeping alive the prospects for an Angevin succession through his leadership of its supporters in the civil war known as the Anarchy against his father’s successor, King Stephen (1135–54). The earl is one of the great figures of Anglo-Norman History (1066–1154). He was one of only three la ... More

Keywords: biography, bastard, super-magnate, Empress Matilda, Anarchy, cultural revival, Renaissance of the Twelfth Century, King Stephen, William of Malmesbury

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780198797814
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198797814.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Robert B. Patterson, author
Distinguished Professor Emeritus of History, The University of South Carolina