Jersey 1204: The Forging of an Island Community.
Jersey 1204: The Forging of an Island Community. J.A. Everard and
Sir James Holt. Thames & Hudson. [pounds sterling]19.95. 208 pages.
ISBN 0-500-51163-2. This book celebrates the 800th anniversary of
Jersey's link to the British Crown. It seeks to explain why this
Norman island remained loyal after the rest of Normandy had been lost to
Philip of France. The authors look at the Plantagenet empire, at life in
Jersey before 1204, at the military struggles over the island, at the
life of the islanders, at the difficulties faced by the church and at
the role of government and the law from 1204 to 1259 when Henry III
formally accepted the loss. The authors argue that Jerseymen, or at
least landowners, chose English allegiance because they 'owed their
newly elevated social, political and legal status to the separation of
their community from the duchy of Normandy' and the
'disappearance of their Norman overlords' who sided with
Philip. Self-interest was the basis of self-government, as good a
foundation as any.