This blog, written by Thomas E. Rutledge, focuses primarily on business entity law in Kentucky. Postings on contract law, contractual and statutory construction, and the entity law of other jurisdictions appear as well. There may as well be some random discussions of classical, medieval and renaissance history.
Tuesday, November 25, 2014
Pillars of the Earth & the Sinking of the White Ship
of the Earth & the Sinking of the White Ship
Pillars of the Earth is in
my view an excellent book both for its description of events “from the ground
level” of the period of English history known as the Anarchy as well as its
treatment of medieval as people just like those of the modern era who are just
trying as best they can to make it through each day.
The fulcrum of the macro-political
events described in the book is the Anarchy, the contest between Matilda,
daughter of King Henry I (and former spouse of the Holy Roman Emperor, hence
her title “Empress”), and Stephen of Blois, Henry’s nephew (just to keep things
confusing Stephen’s wife was named Matilda) for the English throne after
Henry’s death.The expected heir to
Henry I was his son William.William,
however, drowned on this day in 1120 in the sinking of the White Ship, thereby
affording Follett the pivot around which to write Pillars of the Earth.