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John Gillingham - Author

About the Author

John Gillingham is Emeritus Professor of History at the London School of Economics and Political Science and a Fellow of the British Academy. His books include Richard I (1999), The English in the Twelfth Century: Imperialism, National Identity and Political Values (2000) and The Angevin Empire (2001).

Featured books by John Gillingham

Conquest, Catastrophe and Recovery The British Isles 1066-1485

Conquest, Catastrophe and Recovery The British Isles 1066-1485

Author: John Gillingham Format: Paperback Release Date: 30/10/2014

History, like the present, is always changing. Scholarship on the history of the British Isles is currently experiencing a golden age. The breakdown of modernism and the eclipse of both the Marxist tradition and the 'Whig interpretation' that sees all history as progress, combined with the trajectories of nationalism in Ireland, Scotland and Wales, have generated unprecedented intellectual activity. In this volume John Gillingham discusses conquests, catastrophe and recovery in the period 1066-c. 1485. Britain and Ireland faced invasion and the greatest disaster to strike the people of Europe in recorded history - the Black Death, yet it was also a time of transformation. By the end of these centuries serfdom no longer existed and there was radical economic change and urbanisation.

Other books by John Gillingham

The Eu An Obituary

The Eu An Obituary

Author: John Gillingham Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 19/06/2018

With Britain leaving the EU, now is the time for an obituary for the EU as an institution. In this short, rigorously argued book, updated after Brexit, John R. Gillingham tells the history of an idea that has soured and withered away. He reveals the failures from its postwar origins to set out what the EU was; the role that Delors played in creating the neoliberal monster it is today, and the contemporary - crises; refugees, Brexit, the Euro - that the current institution fails to deal with.

Industry and Politics in the Third Reich Ruhr Coal, Hitler and Europe

Industry and Politics in the Third Reich Ruhr Coal, Hitler and Europe

Author: John Gillingham Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 13/10/2016

When originally published in 1985 this was the first detailed study of business in Nazi Germany. Drawing on a wealth of new evidence from government and private archives, the book throws light on the important role played by Germany heavy industry in preserving traditions valuable for the post-Nazi future. Contrary to widely held beliefs, the industrialists of the Ruhr did not master-mind the economic strategy of the third Reich, nor were they the helpless victims of Hitler's tyranny. In this penetrating study, the author reveals that while the management of the coal industry in the Ruhr certainly cooperated with Hitler, they did so only to the extent that it served their own purposes, which were far less destructive than those of the regime.

William II (Penguin Monarchs) The Red King

William II (Penguin Monarchs) The Red King

Author: John Gillingham Format: Hardback Release Date: 27/08/2015

William II (1087-1100), or William Rufus, will always be most famous for his death: killed by an arrow while out hunting, perhaps through accident or perhaps murder. But, as John Gillingham makes clear in this elegant book, as the son and successor to William the Conqueror it was William Rufus who had to establish permanent Norman rule. A ruthless, irascible man, he frequently argued acrimoniously with his older brother Robert over their father's inheritance - but he also handed out effective justice, leaving as his legacy one of the most extraordinary of all medieval buildings, Westminster Hall.

Industry and Politics in the Third Reich Ruhr Coal, Hitler and Europe

Industry and Politics in the Third Reich Ruhr Coal, Hitler and Europe

Author: John Gillingham Format: Hardback Release Date: 15/08/2014

When originally published in 1985 this was the first detailed study of business in Nazi Germany. Drawing on a wealth of new evidence from government and private archives, the book throws light on the important role played by Germany heavy industry in preserving traditions valuable for the post-Nazi future. Contrary to widely held beliefs, the industrialists of the Ruhr did not master-mind the economic strategy of the third Reich, nor were they the helpless victims of Hitler's tyranny. In this penetrating study, the author reveals that while the management of the coal industry in the Ruhr certainly cooperated with Hitler, they did so only to the extent that it served their own purposes, which were far less destructive than those of the regime.

Conquest, Catastrophe and Recovery The British Isles 1066-1485

Conquest, Catastrophe and Recovery The British Isles 1066-1485

Author: John Gillingham Format: Paperback Release Date: 30/10/2014

History, like the present, is always changing. Scholarship on the history of the British Isles is currently experiencing a golden age. The breakdown of modernism and the eclipse of both the Marxist tradition and the 'Whig interpretation' that sees all history as progress, combined with the trajectories of nationalism in Ireland, Scotland and Wales, have generated unprecedented intellectual activity. In this volume John Gillingham discusses conquests, catastrophe and recovery in the period 1066-c. 1485. Britain and Ireland faced invasion and the greatest disaster to strike the people of Europe in recorded history - the Black Death, yet it was also a time of transformation. By the end of these centuries serfdom no longer existed and there was radical economic change and urbanisation.

The English in the Twelfth Century Imperialism, National Identity and Political Values

The English in the Twelfth Century Imperialism, National Identity and Political Values

Author: John Gillingham Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 19/06/2008

Six of the greatest twelfth-century historians - William of Malmesbury, Henry of Huntingdon, Geoffrey of Monmouth, Geoffrey Gaimar, Roger of Howden, and Gerald of Wales - are analysed in this collection of essays, focusing on their attitudes to three inter-related aspects of English history. The first theme is the rise of the new and condescending perception which regarded the Irish, Scots and Welsh as barbarians; set against the background of socio-economic and cultural change in England, it is argued that this imperialist perception created a fundamental divide in the history of the British Isles, one to which Geoffrey of Monmouth responded immediately and brilliantly. The second theme treats chivalry not as a mere gloss upon the brutal realities of life, but as an important development in political morality; and it reconsiders some of the old questions associated with chivalric values and knightly obligations - home-grown products or imports from France? The third theme is the emergence of a new sense of Englishness after the traumas of the Norman Conquest, looking at the English invasion of Ireland and the making of English history. JOHN GILLINGHAM is Professor Emeritus, Department of History, London School of Economics.

Anglo-Norman Studies XXV Proceedings of the Battle Conference 2002

Anglo-Norman Studies XXV Proceedings of the Battle Conference 2002

Author: John Gillingham Format: Hardback Release Date: 19/06/2003

The Battle Conference celebrated its quarter-centenary in 2002 in Glasgow, and this volume, while ranging from Norman Sicily to Scandinavia, has a particular focus on Scottish themes. There are six papers on aspects of Scottish history from the eleventh to the early thirteenth century: on kings and their followers, on the building of burghs, and on the border abbey churches. Charters (Norman, Anglo-Norman and Scottish) represent another focus. In addition to papers discussing problems of authenticity and the implications of forgery, several others use charter evidence to shed new light on royal and aristocratic values and on critical periods in the history of William the Conqueror and the Marshal earls. Three papers take a comparative look at past and present interpretations of law and law codes in England, Scotland and Scandinavia; two investigate contemporary historians' perceptions of the Jews and Byzantium.Contributors: MICHAEL ANGOLD, G.W.S. BARROW, DAVID BATES, DAUVIT BROUN, JULIA CRICK, A.A.M. DUNCAN, RICHARD FAWCETT, J0HN HUDSON, MICHAEL H. GELTING, MICHAEL KENNEDY, RICHARD MORTIMER, BRUCE O'BRIEN, DANIEL POWER, NIGEL WEBB.

Anglo-Norman Studies XXIV Proceedings of the Battle Conference 2001

Anglo-Norman Studies XXIV Proceedings of the Battle Conference 2001

Author: John Gillingham Format: Hardback Release Date: 25/07/2002

Seven papers in this volume deal with England, six (four of them in French) with northern and western France. One major focus is on the endowment and building of churches in England from the late Anglo-Saxon period to the early thirteenth century; a second important group looks at war, rebellion and castle-building in Normandy and Poitou. Three papers investigate the value of charters and writs for an understanding of political structures in Anglo-Saxon and twelfth-century England; and there are studies of the revealing ways in which attitudes to outsiders and insiders (Jews, and kindred) were articulated in eleventh- and twelfth-century Europe. Contributors: MARTIN AURELL, MARIE-PIERRE BAUDRY, PIERRE BAUDUIN, JULIA BOORMAN, NATALIE FRYDE, CHARLES INSLEY, STEPHEN MARRITT, VINCENT MOSS, DOMINIQUE PITTE, TIM TATTON-BROWN, PAMELA TAYLOR, MALCOLM THURLBY, ANN WILLIAMS.

Richard I

Richard I

Author: John Gillingham Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 11/01/2002

Neither a feckless knight-errant nor a king who neglected his kingdom, Richard I was in reality a masterful and businesslike ruler. In this wholly rewritten version of a classic account of the reign of Richard The Lionheart, John Gillingham scrutinizes the reasons for the King's fluctuating reputation over successive centuries and provides a convincing new interpretation of the significance of the reign. This edition includes a complete annotation and expanded bibliography.

The Angevin Empire

The Angevin Empire

Author: John Gillingham Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 29/12/2000

At its greatest extent, the Angevin Empire stretched from the Scottish border to the Pyrenees. For fifty years it was the dominant political entity and English and French history were inextricably woven together. This study looks at how these disparate territories came together, how they were ruled, and whether they truly constituted an empire.

Medieval Britain: A Very Short Introduction

Medieval Britain: A Very Short Introduction

Author: John Gillingham, Ralph A. Griffiths Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 10/08/2000

First published as part of the best-selling The Oxford Illustrated History of Britain, John Gillingham and Ralph A. Griffiths' Very Short Introduction to Medieval Britain covers the establishment of the Anglo-Norman monarchy in the early Middle Ages, through to England's failure to dominate the British Isles and France in the later Middle Ages. Out of the turbulence came stronger senses of identity in Scotland, Wales, and Ireland. Yet this was an age, too, of growing definition of Englishness and of a distinctive English cultural tradition. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.

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