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Writing History for the King: Henry II and the Politics of Vernacular Historiography

Charity Urbanski

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780801451317
eISBN:
9780801469725
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9780801451317.001.0001
Subject:
History, European Medieval History

This book is at once a reassessment of the reign of Henry II of England (1133–1189) and an original contribution to our understanding of the rise of vernacular historiography in the high Middle Ages. ... More


Pre‐nation and Post‐nation

Ardis Butterfield

in The Familiar Enemy: Chaucer, Language, and Nation in the Hundred Years War

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
February 2010
ISBN:
9780199574865
eISBN:
9780191722127
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199574865.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, Early and Medieval Literature, European Literature

The introductory chapter sets out the double perspective of the book through the eyes of two Jersey writers, Wace and Victor Hugo. It then considers the role Chaucer has played as ‘father’ to English ... More


The legend is born: early Greek, Latin, and insular versions

Juliana Dresvina

in A Maid with a Dragon: The Cult of St Margaret of Antioch in Medieval England

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2017
ISBN:
9780197265963
eISBN:
9780191772061
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
British Academy
DOI:
10.5871/bacad/9780197265963.003.0001
Subject:
History, European Early Modern History

Chapter 1 is dedicated to the early distribution of the relics of St Margaret/Marina, the early versions of her passio (Greek, Latin, and Old English), and their interrelations. It also discusses the ... More


Introduction

Charity Urbanski

in Writing History for the King: Henry II and the Politics of Vernacular Historiography

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780801451317
eISBN:
9780801469725
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9780801451317.003.0001
Subject:
History, European Medieval History

This book studies the reign of Henry II of England and the rise of vernacular historiography in the high Middle Ages. It examines two dynastic histories commissioned by Henry, Wace's Roman de Rou and ... More


Situating the Roman de Rou and Chronique des ducs de Normandie

Charity Urbanski

in Writing History for the King: Henry II and the Politics of Vernacular Historiography

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780801451317
eISBN:
9780801469725
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9780801451317.003.0002
Subject:
History, European Medieval History

This chapter examines the place of Wace's Roman de Rou and Benoît de Sainte-Maure's Chronique des ducs de Normandie in modern scholarship, along with historians' lack of interest in these texts for ... More


Henry II

Charity Urbanski

in Writing History for the King: Henry II and the Politics of Vernacular Historiography

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780801451317
eISBN:
9780801469725
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9780801451317.003.0003
Subject:
History, European Medieval History

This chapter examines the nature of Henry II's power as well as his motives for commissioning a vernacular historiography of his Norman ancestors. It considers the four most important threats to ... More


The Roman de Rou

Charity Urbanski

in Writing History for the King: Henry II and the Politics of Vernacular Historiography

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780801451317
eISBN:
9780801469725
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9780801451317.003.0004
Subject:
History, European Medieval History

This chapter examines Wace's Roman de Rou and why it was commissioned by Henry II. The Roman de Rou is divided into three main parts and an appendix. Part I is a 315-line poem composed in ... More


The Chronique des ducs de Normandie

Charity Urbanski

in Writing History for the King: Henry II and the Politics of Vernacular Historiography

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780801451317
eISBN:
9780801469725
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9780801451317.003.0005
Subject:
History, European Medieval History

This chapter examines Benoît de Sainte-Maure's Chronique des ducs de Normandie and why it was commissioned by Henry II. It first compares Chronique des ducs de Normandie with Wace's Roman de Rou ... More


The Devil Inside: Merlin and the Dark Side of Romance

Francis Gingras

in Shaping Identity in Medieval French Literature: The Other Within

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
January 2020
ISBN:
9780813056432
eISBN:
9780813058238
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:
10.5744/florida/9780813056432.003.0008
Subject:
Literature, Early and Medieval Literature

This chapter argues that the founding of the Arthurian world rests on otherness thanks to the role of Merlin, a character simultaneously good and bad. Examining works spanning the centuries from ... More


Reformation Protestantism

Joshua Bennett

in God and Progress: Religion and History in British Intellectual Culture, 1845–1914

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
April 2019
ISBN:
9780198837725
eISBN:
9780191874314
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198837725.003.0004
Subject:
History, British and Irish Modern History, History of Religion

Whereas the third chapter considers the ways in which Protestants used history to come to terms with an opposing religious system, the fourth explores developing Protestant responses to their own, ... More


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