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An expert on political culture, chivalry, and medieval warfare, Matthew Strickland is professor of medieval history at the University of Glasgow, Scotland, and the author of numerous works including War and Chivalry and The Great Warbow.
Shortlisted for the Wolfson History Prize 2017. He was the son of Eleanor of Aquitaine and Henry II, brother to the future Richard the Lionheart and “wicked” King John yet never King in his own right. Destined never to get the Roman Numeral after his name he was a co-ruler with his father, kept as a “gelding” which led to rebellion and he was to die, ingloriously, of dysentery in an awkward pause between one King and another. A slight life perhaps, but Matthew Strickland ensures that we know all about this young King in waiting throwing true historical perspective on a period many of us only recognise from the film The Lion in Winter. ~ Sue BakerLike for Like ReadingEleanor of Aquitaine: By the Wrath of God, Queen of England, Alison WeirThe Greatest Knight: The Remarkable Life of William Marshal: The Power behind Five English Thornes, Thomas Asbridge Wolfson History Prize Judges: “A joy to read… Strickland has a remarkable eye for detail and fluently opens up a huge amount of new ground in uncovering an engrossing subject.”