Catherine Hanley

Agent: Kate Hordern

Catherine Hanley has a PhD in Medieval Studies, specialising in twelfth and thirteenth century warfare, and has studied at or worked at the University of Sheffield, institutions in Brussels and Germany, and the University of Warwick. Her non-fiction work LOUIS: The French Prince who Invaded England was published in April 2016 by Yale University Press to tie-in with the 800th anniversary of Louis’ ascension to the English throne.

LOUIS: The French Prince who Invaded England is the extraordinary story of England’s least-known “king”, the man who was invited by English barons to take the English crown after their rebellion against the unpopular King John. The telling of Louis’s story – before, during, and beyond his quest for the English throne - will illuminate in considerable detail the medieval world at the time of the Magna Carta, and in particular the social and political structures of kings and their barons within different European kingdoms. LOUIS is popular, accessible and lively history written by an author of impeccable scholarship in this area.

Praise for LOUIS:

  • "A lively and accessible account of a neglected aspect of a crucial episode in English history and of the life of a King of France" David Bates, author of NORMANDY BEFORE 1066
  • "Catherine Hanley has produced a highly readable, lively account of the ill-fated invasion of England by Prince Louis of France and his brief reign as king of France. Overshadowed by his father, Philip Augustus, and his son, St Louis, Louis VIII emerges here as a man of considerable talent and strong character, the embodiment of his age." Jeffrey Hamilton, author of THE PLANTAGENETS: HISTORY OF A DYNASTY
  • "As important as Magna Carta in the formation of England was the now forgotten French invasion which followed on from it. Prince Louis’s failure to establish himself as king reveals unexpected strengths in the English institutions of law and government which challenged him. Catherine Hanley uncovers this remarkable episode through her mastery of the sources (in Latin and Old French) and her ability to tell a good story. This book is essential reading for students of English and European history, as well as being an exemplary biography in its own right." Michael Clanchy, author of ENGLAND AND ITS RULERS
  • "…captivating account. Scholarly without being stodgy, Hanley’s work vividly depicts the texture of the times with an enthralling, novelistic narrative." Publishers Weekly
  • "Hanley tells Louis’ tale with pace and a lightness of touch … this is serious history, as well as a gripping – and poignant – story." BBC History Magazine


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