Post-classical history

Blood Cries Afar: The Forgotten Invasion Of England 1216

Blood Cries Afar: The Forgotten Invasion Of England 1216

150 years after the Norman Conquest, history came within a hair's breadth of repeating itself. In 1216, taking advantage of the turmoil created in England by King John's inept rule, Prince Louis of France invaded England and allied with English rebels. The prize was the crown of England. Within months Louis had seized control of one-third of the country, including London. This is the first book to cover the bloody events of the invasion, one of the most dramatic but most overlooked episodes of British history. The text vividly describes the campaigns, series, battles and atrocities of the invasion and its colourful leaders - Louis the lion, King John, William Marshal, and the mercenaries Fawkes de Beaute and Eustace the Monk - to offer the first detailed military analysis of this epic struggle for England.


Introduction: Warfare and Medieval History

Chapter 1. Enemies: The Angevin-Capetian Struggle

Chapter 2. The Conquest of Normandy, 1200–1204

Chapter 3. War, Politics and the First Invasion Attempt, 1205–1213

Chapter 4. The Battle of Bouvines, 1214

Chapter 5. Magna Carta, Civil War and the Countdown to Invasion, 1215

Chapter 6. The Invasion of England, 1216

Chapter 7. The Battle for England, 1216–1217

Chapter 8. The Last Campaign, 1217




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