A repeat read, but one I like a lot. Hefty book, but it does cover an epic period in English history. It tells the story of the first Civil war, between Stephen & Empress Matilda. It's terribly sad in some ways, Stephen is portrayed as such a nice man and he has a lot to deal with but was a fairly useless King. Ends shortly after Henry 1 comes to the throne. There's a follow on, which I'm starting next..."