Jun 132019

The Devil’s Brood examines the Angevin Dynasty, otherwise known as the Plantagenets, which ruled over England and the greater part of France until John lost most of the family lands in Europe. Henry II was the first Angevin king of England, but Part I will present the Anarchy, the struggle for the English throne between Henry’s mother Empress Matilda and her cousin Stephen.

Part I of my podcast on The Devil’s Brood: The Anarchy is 26 minutes long.




The Plantagenets: the Warrior Kings and Queens Who Made England-Dan Jones
The Greatest Knight: The Remarkable Life of William Marshal, the Power Behind Five English Thrones-Thomas Asbridge
Tales from the Long Twelfth Century: The Rise and Fall of the Angevin Empire-Richard Huscroft
King Stephen-Edmund King
The Empress Matilda, Queen Consort, Queen Mother and Lady of the English-Marjorie Chibnall
Henry II-W.L. Warren

Image Credit: King Henry II and his chlidren (left to right: William, Henry the young King, Richard Lionheart, Matilda, Geoffrey, Eleonor, Joan, John Lackland)
By Anonymus – http://www.bl.uk/catalogues/illuminatedmanuscripts/ILLUMIN.ASP?Size=mid&IllID=49987, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=14711475