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Published: 26 October 2017

350 Pages


ISBN: 9780198812388

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Royal Responsibility in Anglo-Norman Historical Writing

Emily A. Winkler

Oxford Historical Monographs

  • Examines how eleventh-century kings were portrayed in the writings of four post-conquest historians: William of Malmesbury, Henry of Huntingdon, John of Worcester, and Geffrei Gaimar
  • Substantially revises the current historical picture of eleventh-century England, by showing that twelfth-century historians' chronicles are products of a shared agenda, which indicates that historians need to avoid relying on them as evidence for the eleventh century
  • Employs a modern literary critical approach to examine established historical texts
  • Illuminates the nature of Englishness in the early twelfth century
  • Gives readers necessary context for considering kingship and responsibility in the Middle Ages and in medieval historical writing