The French Prince Who Invaded England

296pp 12pp of ILLUS 2016 LIST PRICE: £25.00 B914



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In 1215 a group of English barons, dissatisfied with the weak and despicable King John, decided that they needed a new monarch. They wanted a strong, experienced man, of royal blood, and they found him on the other side of the Channel: astonishingly, the most attractive candidate for the crown of England was Louis, eldest son and heir of the king of France. In this biography of England’s least-known ‘king’, Hanley explores the life and times of ‘Louis the Lion’ before, during and beyond his quest for the English throne. She illuminates the national and international context of his 1216 invasion and explains why and how, after sixteen fruitless months, he failed to make himself King Louis I of England. Hanley also explores Louis’s subsequent reign over France until his untimely death on the Albigensian Crusade.
. . . this is serious history, as well as a gripping -- and poignant -- story. BBC HISTORY