Stephen of Blois


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Stephen of Blois

 (blwä) 1097?-1154.
King of England (1135-1154). The grandson of William the Conqueror, he was the last Norman king of England. He struggled for the throne with his cousin Princess Matilda, who governed briefly in 1141 until Stephen defeated her.
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Peers, an author who specializes in the history of ancient and medieval warfare, describes the Anarchy, the struggle between King Stephen of Blois and the Empress Matilda for the English crown between 1135 and 1154, addressing each phase of the civil war, including the castles and sieges and the warfare in the context of the changing tactics and military systems of the 12th century.
King uses his command of the surviving literature on this period to trace Stephen of Blois' history before his accession, by 'election', to the Crown of his uncle, Henry I, but he devotes the bulk of his text to the reign.
This narrative section is lucid, highly readable, and is spiced with Hollister's humour, as when he notes that the digestive illness which prevented Stephen of Blois (later King Stephen) from sailing on the ill-fated White Ship may have determined the future history of England.