This chapter of Plantagenet England is the last of the strictly chronological chapters. It covers the 30 years from Edward III taking full control of his kingdom in 1330 through to 1360, which is the cut-off point for this book - Edward reigns for another 17 years after that. The end point of the book was chosen based on the ending of a phase of the Hundred Years War, which is why it stops part way through Edward's reign.
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The next chapter in this book is another diversion from the chronological survey - the second of three. The first one dealt with England's relations with the Welsh (post), and this one will look at English-Scottish relations during the period. The final one is in a couple of chapters time and will deal with Anglo-French relations ... clearly the theme of these is War, the England of this period did not play nice with others.
The next chapter of this book about Plantagenet England covers the decline and fall of Edward II's reign - from the death of Piers Gaveston in 1312 through to the aftermath of Edward's deposition.
The next chapter of the history of Plantagenet England returns to the chronological discussion of the politics of the era, and Prestwich starts by reminding us that Edward I had presided over a 20 year span of peace and prosperity. This had now come to an end in part because Edward's main advisers during that period had died, as had his first wife. The next couple of decades covering the end of Edward I's reign and the start of Edward II's were to be characterised by war and political crises.
In this chapter Prestwich takes a digression from his chronological trot through the Plantagenet era to look at the situation in Wales during this period. It's very much Wales from the perspective of its interactions with England, and fits in here because Edward I conquered Wales.
After the turbulence of the bulk of Henry III's reign up to the death of Simon de Montfort & the conclusion of the civil war in 1266, the next 30 years were a period of both stability & recovery. The transition between the reigns of Henry III and Edward I was smooth, even tho Edward wasn't in the country when his father died. And even tho the royal side had won the war, many of the reforms that de Montfort and his associates had been calling for were instituted.
After the introductory chapters the first half of the book proper is a chronological look at the politics & wars of the time period. This chapter covers 40 years of Henry III's reign, from when he started to exert his own authority in 1225 through to the final end of the rebellion against him with the death of Simon de Montfort in battle in 1265.
Plantagenet England 1225-1360 is one of the volumes of the New Oxford History of England. I have a vague plan to eventually buy & read the lot, but that's a long way off (and anyway they're not all published yet) - so far I've read England Under the Norman & Angevin Kings 1075-1225 (which was by Robert Bartlett) and now I'm starting this one. The break points between the volumes of the series are not at the ends of Kings reigns, nor at dynastic break points. So this volume starts part-way through Henry III's reign, where he can be said to've taken control himself.
These three sections are the final quarter of the catalogue for the Royal Academy's exhibition about the art of the early Qing Dynasty era. The first essay is the last of a set of three about the various emperors - in this case the Qianlong Emperor. The next is about the painting & calligraphy of the Chinese elite, which was often subversive in nature. And finally the meaning behind the floral & natural themes of the art of this period.
These are the next four sections of the catalogue - the first two cover international relations (with those they conquered and those they didn't). If I had planned it out a little better I would've split this up differently because the next three essays are about each Emperor in turn - and better planning would've kept them together in a post, however I didn't think of that till too late! :)