His Greatest Triumph... Henry the Young King Biography Is Out!
I have some wonderful news to share! Henry the Young King is going to have his own book out. At last! Professor Matthew Strickland's biography is going to be published on 18 May 2016 and 28 June 2016 in the UK and USA respectively. If truth be told, I have begun to lose hope - all in all it was supposed to come out this year (this was at least what I read last year) and the prolonging silence seemed nothing but ominous to me. Fortunately my worries were groundless and here it is! As we can read:
"This first modern study of Henry the Young King, eldest son of Henry II but the least known Plantagenet monarch, explores the brief but eventful life of the only English ruler after the Norman Conquest to be created co-ruler in his father's lifetime. Crowned at fifteen to secure an undisputed succession, Henry played a central role in the politics of Henry II's great empire and was hailed as the embodiment of chivalry. Yet, consistently denied direct rule, the Young King was provoked first into heading a major rebellion against his father, then to waging a bitter war against his brother Richard for control of Aquitaine, dying before reaching the age of thirty having never assumed actual power. In this remarkable history, Matthew Strickland provides a richly colored portrait of an all-but-forgotten royal figure tutored by Thomas Becket, trained in arms by the great knight William Marshal, and incited to rebellion by his mother Eleanor of Aquitaine, while using his career to explore the nature of kingship, succession, dynastic politics, and rebellion in twelfth-century England and France."
163 days to go! And I will sing: "Oh happy day!" Hope you will join me :-)