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The Great Revolt, 1173–1174

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The Great Revolt of 1173–1174 is an ideal case study of the range of military operations conducted during the reign of Henry II. It necessitated a vigorous defense of huge chunks of the Angevin Empire against a wide range of enemies and included both the Isles as well as the Continent. The rebellions featured the assembly of great armies and the use of mercenaries, set-piece battles, castle and town sieges and the other mechanics of logistical warfare, relief actions, and truces and negotiations. There were dramatic moments such as the surprise capture of the King of Scots. By putting down the Great Revolt and surviving to rule for another fifteen years, Henry cemented his legacy as a sound military leader who could wage his own wars, delegate authority to competent vassals, and inspire those he commanded to great acts of loyalty and bravery.

Keywords: Angevin Empire; Henry II; King of Scots; logistical warfare; The Great Revolt



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