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Writers of the Reign of Henry II : Twelve Essays - Ruth Kennedy

Writers of the Reign of Henry II

Twelve Essays

By: Ruth Kennedy (Editor), Simon Meecham-Jones (Editor)

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Published: 1st May 2006
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This collection is the work of scholars on Middle English, Insular French and Medieval Latin writings of the late twelfth century in England and its possessions, when an English-speaking populace was ruled by a French-speaking aristocracy and administered by a Latin-speaking and writing clergy. The political discourses of Henry’s reign are acknowledged, developed and ironised within the first real flowering of so many vernacular genres, romance and history in particular. The energetic and intrepid writers of this period are examined in relation to the development of social institutions and emergent ideas of ‘nationhood’, as the literature of Henry’s court is shown to act as an echo-chamber within which anxieties about the proper exercise of power in a legal order founded on martial conquest could be reflected and soothed.

"This valuable collection of essays by leading scholars gives us a comprehensive picture of textual practice in the multi-linguistic and socially heterogeneous England of the later twelfth century. Writers of the Reign of Henry II envisions a new way of thinking about this era in English literary history, not as a transitional stage between the Anglo-Saxon and Middle English periods, but rather on its own terms as one of the most exciting and politically charged eras of literary culture in which Latin, English, and French occupied overlapping spheres of influence. The great virtue of this volume is that it does not reduce the multivocality of the twelfth century by focusing on just one of its languages, genres, or literary traditions, but instead surveys the diverse and often dissonant textual voices of the period." - Rita Copeland, University of Pennsylvania

Acknowledgmentsp. vii
Introductionp. 1
The Cultivation of History, Legend, and Courtesy at the Court of Henry IIp. 25
Latin and French as Languages of the Past in Normandy During the Reign of Henry II: Robert of Torigni, Stephen of Rouen, and Wacep. 53
An Intruder at the Feast? Anxiety and Debate in the Letters of Peter of Bloisp. 79
"I Will not Stay Silent": Sovereignty and Textual Identity in Walter of Chatillon's "Propter Sion non Tacebo"p. 109
Sex, Ghosts, and Dreams: Walter Map (1135?-1210?) and Gerald of Wales (1146-1223)p. 133
Old English Textual Activity in the Reign of Henry IIp. 151
The Life of English in the Mid-Twelfth Century: Ralph D'Escures's Homily on the Virgin Maryp. 169
English Poetry of the Reign of Henry IIp. 187
"Gloser La Lettre": Identity and Power in the Poetry of Marie De Francep. 205
The Meaning of Suffering: Symbolism and Antisymbolism in the Death of Tristanp. 221
Arthur, Emperors, and Antichrists: The Formation of the Arthurian Biographyp. 239
Children of Anarchy: Anglo-Norman Romance in the Twelfth Centuryp. 249
Index of Manuscriptsp. 263
Indexp. 265
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ISBN: 9781403966445
ISBN-10: 1403966443
Series: The New Middle Ages
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 280
Published: 1st May 2006
Publisher: Palgrave USA
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 20.96 x 14.61  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.43
Edition Number: 1