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Restoration and Reform, 1153-1165: Recovery from Civil War in England (Cambridge Studies in Medieval Life and Thought: Fourth Series)
ISBN 052102658X / 9780521026581 / 0-521-02658-X
Publisher Cambridge University Press
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This book, covering the close of Stephen's reign (1135-54) and the early phase of Henry II's (1154-89), examines the government of England in the aftermath of civil war. It suggests that the extent of "anarchy" under Stephen has been exaggerated and that there was much administrative continuity from one reign to the next. Previous studies of Henry II's government have often neglected his earliest years, but here there is a reassessment of the significance of financial and judicial measures during 1163-65, as "restoration" gave way to "reform." [via]