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Unformatted text preview: 1-31The Limits of Kingship• 11c. kings had limited power over their kingdoms• in the aftermath of the Carolingians power, chaos reigned and kings only had a title with considerable prestige• rely on the force of personality• overt/covert use of force• dispersed their kingdoms, so they lost power• over 12 and 13th c. kings imposed their authority• rulers succeed to varying degrees• english has head start• french rather weak• italy complete other situation• the Norman Conquests• they were all over the place• were descendants of the vikings (“Norsemen”)• Duke William of Normandy became an extremely powerfully leader based on the amount of land he owned• invaded England and conquered the Danes• a little schizophrenic• one kid conquered Sicily and Italy• one kid set up outposts on the north coast of Africa• France and EnglandFranceEnglandCapetian dynasty of france begin 987 Henry Plantagenet 1154-1189Lands centered around Parisinherited strong norman administrative structuresLouis VII (1120-1180)expanded royal representation in shires...
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- Fall '07
- Middle Ages, Philip II of France, Henry II of England, House of Capet, Louis VII of France, 13th c. kings