Brittany and the Angevins: Province and Empire, 1158-1203

Brittany and the Angevins: Province and Empire, 1158-1203

Brittany and the Angevins: Province and Empire, 1158-1203

Brittany and the Angevins: Province and Empire, 1158-1203

Synopsis

This is a political history of Brittany between 1158 and 1203, when it was ruled by the Angevin king of England, Henry II, and his successors. The book examines the process whereby Henry II gained sovereignty over Brittany, and how it was governed thereafter. This is the first study of this subject, offering an important contribution to the historiography of both Brittany and the "Angevin empire". It also offers a corrective to previous scholarship by suggesting that the Angevin regime in Brittany was neither alien nor opppressive to the Bretons.

Excerpt

That Geoffrey did not have any authority in Brittany before 1181, except in carrying out his father's orders, is indicated by the fact that there are no known acta of Geoffrey before he became duke of Brittany, except the writs of Henry ii issued in their joint names. Neither is there any evidence that Geoffrey had a seal of his own before 1181.

Not with standing Geoffrey's lack of independent authority, he was closely involved with Brittany and Breton affairs. There are two aspects to this involvement. From the point-of-view of Henry ii, Geoffrey played an active role in the Angevin regime, asserting royal authority in Brittany. From Geoffrey's point-of-view, the period from 1166 to 1181 was spent preparing the way for his accession by gaining experience of Breton politics and government and forming relationships with the Breton magnates and courtiers who would serve him as duke of Brittany.

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