Catherine Hanley

Catherine Hanley

Catherine Hanley
Agent: Kate Hordern

Catherine Hanley’s new book, MATILDA: Empress, Queen, Warrior, will be published by Yale University Press on 12 March 2019.

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. She is the author of LOUIS: The French Prince who Invaded England (Yale University Press 2016). She lives in Somerset with her family.


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