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Description - The Gesta Normannorum Ducum of William of Jumiaeges, Orderic Vitalis, and Robert of Torigni by Professor Elisabeth M. C. van Houts

The Gesta Normannorum Ducum is one of the most important sources for the history of Normandy and England in the eleventh and twelfth centuries, and contains the earliest prose account of the Norman Conquest. It was written by a succession of authors, the first of whom was William of Jumieges, who wrote for William the Conqueror. Later historians, such as Orderic Vitalis (d. c. 1142) and Robert of Torigni (d. 1186), interpolated and extended the chronicle as far as King Henry I (1100-1135). The later accretions reveal much not only about changing attitudes towards the Norman invasion of England, but also about views of the early Viking foundations of Normandy. Elisabeth van Houts's two-volume edition is based on a study of all forty-seven extant manuscripts of the Gesta, including the earliest surviving copy of c. 1100, unknown until very recently. The full original text of William of Jumieges is supplied, as well as the integral text of the subsequent revisions and additions. Volume I contains Dr van Houts's introduction to the whole work, together with the text and translation of books i-iv. Volume II contains books v-viii. The edition forms an important contribution to our understanding of Anglo-Norman politics.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780198205203
ISBN-10: 0198205201
Format: Hardback
(223mm x 142mm x 26mm)
Pages: 356
Imprint: Clarendon Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 1-Jun-1995
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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