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The Resource Writing history for the king : Henry II and the politics of vernacular historiography, Charity Urbanski

Writing history for the king : Henry II and the politics of vernacular historiography, Charity Urbanski

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Writing history for the king : Henry II and the politics of vernacular historiography
Title
Writing history for the king
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Henry II and the politics of vernacular historiography
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Charity Urbanski
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Author
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Language
eng
Summary
Writing History for the King 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. Charity Urbanski focuses on two dynastic histories commissioned by Henry: Wace's Roman de Rou (c. 1160-1174) and Benoît de Sainte-Maure's Chronique des ducs de Normandie (c. 1174-1189). In both cases, Henry adopted the new genre of vernacular historical writing in Old French verse in an effort to disseminate a royalist version of the past that would help secure a grip on power for himself and his children. Wace was the first to be commissioned, but in 1174 the king abruptly fired him, turning the task over to Benoît de Sainte-Maure. Urbanski examines these histories as part of a single enterprise intended to cement the king's authority by enhancing the prestige of Henry II's dynasty. In a close reading of Wace's Rou, she shows that it presented a less than flattering picture of Henry's predecessors, in effect challenging his policies and casting a shadow over the legitimacy of his rule. Benoît de Sainte-Maure's Chronique, in contrast, mounted a staunchly royalist defense of Anglo-Norman kingship. Urbanski reads both works in the context of Henry's reign, arguing that as part of his drive to curb baronial power he sought a history that would memorialize his dynasty and solidify its claim to England and Normandy
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COO
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1970-
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Urbanski, Charity
Dewey number
942.02072
Index
index present
Language note
In English
LC call number
DA195
LC item number
.U73 2013
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
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  • Henry
  • Normandy, Dukes of
  • Wace
  • Benoît
  • Great Britain
  • Great Britain
  • Normandy (France)
  • Henry
  • Normandy, Dukes of
  • HISTORY
  • LITERARY CRITICISM
  • Historiography
  • France
  • Great Britain
Label
Writing history for the king : Henry II and the politics of vernacular historiography, Charity Urbanski
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • 2. Henry II
  • 3. The Roman de Rou
  • 4. The Chronique des ducs de Normandie
  • Conclusion
  • Bibliography
  • Index
  • Frontmatter
  • Contents
  • Acknowledgments
  • List of Abbreviations
  • Norman Genealogical Table
  • Map of the Angevin Empire
  • Introduction
  • 1. Situating the Roman de Rou and Chronique des ducs de Normandie
Control code
862209045
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780801469725
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
Other control number
10.7591/9780801469725
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
22573/ctt31mvrm
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)862209045
Label
Writing history for the king : Henry II and the politics of vernacular historiography, Charity Urbanski
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • 2. Henry II
  • 3. The Roman de Rou
  • 4. The Chronique des ducs de Normandie
  • Conclusion
  • Bibliography
  • Index
  • Frontmatter
  • Contents
  • Acknowledgments
  • List of Abbreviations
  • Norman Genealogical Table
  • Map of the Angevin Empire
  • Introduction
  • 1. Situating the Roman de Rou and Chronique des ducs de Normandie
Control code
862209045
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780801469725
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
Other control number
10.7591/9780801469725
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
22573/ctt31mvrm
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)862209045

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