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The Resource William of Malmesbury and the ethics of history, Sigbjørn Olsen Sønnesyn

William of Malmesbury and the ethics of history, Sigbjørn Olsen Sønnesyn

Label
William of Malmesbury and the ethics of history
Title
William of Malmesbury and the ethics of history
Statement of responsibility
Sigbjørn Olsen Sønnesyn
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"William of Malmesbury, arguably the greatest English historian of the twelfth century, repeatedly emphasises that the primary purpose of all literary and intellectual activities is to provide moral instruction for the reader, the most famous of his statements to this effect being found in his monumental work Gesta Regum Anglorum, where he categorises history as a sub-discipline of ethics. However, modern studies have chosen to focus on other aspects of William's oeuvre and tended to dismiss such claims as perfunctory nods to a pious commonplace. This book differs from recent orthodoxy by being based on the proposition that medieval professions of the moral aims of historiography are in fact genuine. It seeks to read William's celebrated historical works in the light of his devotional and didactic texts, and in the context of the religious, intellectual and literary traditions to which he expressed his allegiance. He also demonstrates how William's conception of ethics forms a constitutive element of his historical output. The resulting image of William shows a committed monk and man of his time, placing his extraordinary learning at the service of his culture, his society and his faith."--Publisher's website
Cataloging source
BTCTA
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Sønnesyn, Sigbjørn Olsen
Dewey number
942.02092
Index
index present
LC call number
DA3.W48
LC item number
S66 2012
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • William
  • Historians
  • History
  • Great Britain
Label
William of Malmesbury and the ethics of history, Sigbjørn Olsen Sønnesyn
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 273-285) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
History and ethics: the framework of an enquiry. William of Malmesbury: history versus monastic obligation -- History, learning and ethics -- Research on medieval historiography, past and present -- Theory and method: the framework of an enquiry -- Understanding, meaning and intelligibility -- Practices: socially embodied activities as loci of meaning -- Traditions and forms of life: the framework of social practices -- Ethics: from classical philosophy to monastic practice. The focus and scope of ethics: the soul and it telos -- The method and form of ethics: the virtues -- The locus and framework of ethics: moral communities -- Ethical thought in the works of William of Malmesbury. The 'commentary on lamentations' -- Ethics in the 'miracles of the virgin' -- The reading of ethics and the ethics of reading: history as a vehicle for moral education. Moral education in ancient ethics -- William of Malmesbury on the utility of history -- History after Augustine -- Moral didactics in William of Malmesbury -- The 'Gesta Regum Anglorum', Books I and II. The introductory letters -- Books I and II-the emergence, consolidation and development of the 'regnum Anglorum -- The role of kings in the consolidation of the 'gens Anglorum' 'Moribus antiquis res stat Anglica virisque -- The Norman kings. The background of the Conquest -- William the Conqueror -- William II Rufus -- Henry I -- Kings and peoples as main structural elements in the 'Gesta Regum Anglorum' -- History, ethics- and truth?
Control code
746834931
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
ix, 291 pages
Isbn
9781843837091
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)746834931
Label
William of Malmesbury and the ethics of history, Sigbjørn Olsen Sønnesyn
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 273-285) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
History and ethics: the framework of an enquiry. William of Malmesbury: history versus monastic obligation -- History, learning and ethics -- Research on medieval historiography, past and present -- Theory and method: the framework of an enquiry -- Understanding, meaning and intelligibility -- Practices: socially embodied activities as loci of meaning -- Traditions and forms of life: the framework of social practices -- Ethics: from classical philosophy to monastic practice. The focus and scope of ethics: the soul and it telos -- The method and form of ethics: the virtues -- The locus and framework of ethics: moral communities -- Ethical thought in the works of William of Malmesbury. The 'commentary on lamentations' -- Ethics in the 'miracles of the virgin' -- The reading of ethics and the ethics of reading: history as a vehicle for moral education. Moral education in ancient ethics -- William of Malmesbury on the utility of history -- History after Augustine -- Moral didactics in William of Malmesbury -- The 'Gesta Regum Anglorum', Books I and II. The introductory letters -- Books I and II-the emergence, consolidation and development of the 'regnum Anglorum -- The role of kings in the consolidation of the 'gens Anglorum' 'Moribus antiquis res stat Anglica virisque -- The Norman kings. The background of the Conquest -- William the Conqueror -- William II Rufus -- Henry I -- Kings and peoples as main structural elements in the 'Gesta Regum Anglorum' -- History, ethics- and truth?
Control code
746834931
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
ix, 291 pages
Isbn
9781843837091
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)746834931

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