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Henry the Young King Recommends...

Dear Henry the Young Kings Readers,
Recently I  have been busy supporting one very special tower and haven't had much time for proper blogging, but I would like to recommend a few books, articles, blogs and blog posts well worth reading.
Firstly, many thanks to my friend Ulrik Kristiansen for drawing my attention to the doctoral thesis of Elizabeth Jane Anderson of University of Huddersfield entitled Establishing adult masculine identity in the Angevin royal family c.1140-c.1200, which can be downloaded here. I am going to take a closer look at it and use it while working on one of my upcoming posts.

Secondly, a huge request for those who still haven't read Sharon Kay Penman's Devil's Brood and Elizabeth Chadwick's Winter Crown, please do! You are going to meet Henry the Young King in them :-) Just click the titles to get access to the novel extracts. I am looking forward to meet Henry in The Autumn Throne.
I would also be very grateful if you could re-read those of my…

Philippe II of France, "God-given"?

1 November marked the anniversary of the coronation of the young Philippe Capet (b.1165) at Reims Cathedral in the presence of his brother-in-law*, Henry the Young King, who accompanied by his younger brothers, Richard and Geoffrey represented the House of Anjou in the absence of his father, Henry II of England. Here is a detailed account I wrote to commemorate the occasion three years ago as one of the first posts on this blog:
Reims and Lagny-sur-Marne. November 1179
“… William, Archbishop of Rheims, crowned … Philip, the son of his sister Ala who was now in the fifteenth year of his age, and anointed him king at Rheims, in the church there of the Pontifical See, on the day of the feast of All Saints, being assisted in the performance of that office by William, archbishop of Tours and the archbishops of Bourges and Sens, and nearly all the bishops of the kingdom. Henry, the king of England, the son, in the procession from the chamber to the cathedral on the day of the coronation, proc…