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Comital Authority, Accountability and the Personnel of Comital Administration in Greater Anjou, 1129-51

This paper was part of SESSION VIII:Power & Politics in the Long Twelfth Century. It examined the charters of Geoffrey of

“The Softness of Her Sex”: Matilda’s Role in the English Civil War of 1138-1153

This thesis examines the life of the Empress Matilda (1102-1167), focusing on how factors beyond her control directed much of its course. It discusses her attempts to take control of the political realm in England and the effect this had on her, her supporters, and her kingdom. It also analyzes her later years and influence on her son Henry II.

Many Motives: Geoffrey of Monmouth and the Reasons For His Falsification of History

It is clear to most modern historians who have studied Geoffrey’s Historia that its contents bear little to no resemblance to real events. Even in Geoffrey’s own lifetime many historians condemned the work.

Geoffrey Plantagenet: surname inspirer

The nickname Plante Genest of Geffrey, count of Anjou is generally taken to have inspired Plantagenet even though this is not in evidence as a royal surname until three hundred years after his death.

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