The New Middle Ages

Writers of the Reign of Henry II

Twelve Essays

Editors: Kennedy, R., Meecham-Jones, S. (Eds.)

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This collection of work studies the often neglected writers of the second half of the twelfth century in England. At this time three languages competed for recognition and prestige and carved out their own spaces, while an English-speaking populace was ruled by a French-speaking aristocracy and administered by a Latin-speaking and writing clergy.

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RUTH KENNEDY is a Lecturer at Royal Holloway University of London, UK.

SIMON MEECHAM-JONES is a Faculty Member of English at Cambridge University, UK.

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"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


Table of contents (13 chapters)

Table of contents (13 chapters)
  • Introduction

    Pages 1-24

    Meecham-Jones, Simon

  • The Cultivation of History, Legend, and Courtesy at the Court of Henry II

    Pages 25-52

    Gillingham, John

  • Latin and French as Languages of the Past in Normandy During the Reign of Henry II: Robert of Torigni, Stephen of Rouen, and Wace

    Pages 53-77

    Houts, Elisabeth

  • An Intruder at the Feast? Anxiety and Debate in the Letters of Peter of Blois

    Pages 79-108

    Cartlidge, Neil

  • ”I will not Stay Silent”: Sovereignty and Textual Identity in Walter of Châtillon’s “Propter Sion Non Tacebo”

    Pages 109-131

    Meecham-Jones, Simon

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Writers of the Reign of Henry II
Book Subtitle
Twelve Essays
Editors
  • R. Kennedy
  • S. Meecham-Jones
Series Title
The New Middle Ages
Copyright
2006
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Nature America Inc.
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-08855-0
DOI
10.1007/978-1-137-08855-0
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4039-6644-5
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VIII, 280
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