Broken Lines: Genealogical Literature in Medieval Britain and France

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The essays in this important and fascinating collection explore the genealogical literature of medieval Britain and France in relation to issues of identity, the transmission of power, and cultural, socio-political, and economic developments. By analyzing the mechanics of cultural and political inheritance and the processes of shaping a sense of identity and descent, the essays in this volume direct the reader towards a complex understanding of genealogical literature and its relationships with other genres, one ...

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Overview

The essays in this important and fascinating collection explore the genealogical literature of medieval Britain and France in relation to issues of identity, the transmission of power, and cultural, socio-political, and economic developments. By analyzing the mechanics of cultural and political inheritance and the processes of shaping a sense of identity and descent, the essays in this volume direct the reader towards a complex understanding of genealogical literature and its relationships with other genres, one which will further debate and research in these areas. The present collection presents an interdisciplinary approach to the genealogical literature of the late-medieval period, and brings together specialists in the fields of history, cultural history and literature to raise questions of gender, genre, and theoretical approaches. Broken Lines is also the first book-length study of genealogical literature to date, an exciting intervention into this emerging field of interest.

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Acknowledgements ix

Contributors xi

Introduction Raluca L. Radulescu Edward Donald Kennedy 1

Genealogy in Insular Romance Raluca L. Radulescu 7

Prophecy, Genealogy, and History in Medieval English Political Discourse Lesley Coote 27

A New Pattern for English History: The First Genealogical Rolls of the Kings of England Olivier De Laborderie 45

Genealogies of Noble Families in Anglo-Norman John Spence 63

Genealogies in Medieval France Marigold Anne Norbye 79

Genealogy in Monastic Chronicles in England Emilia Jamroziak 103

Genealogy Rewritten: Inheriting the Legendary in Insular Historiography Matthew Fisher 123

Genealogy and Gentility: Social Status in Provincial England Jon Denton 143

The Antiquity of Scottish Civilization: King-lists and Genealogical Chronicles Edward Donald Kennedy 159

Genealogical Narratives and Kingship in Medieval Wales Nia M. W. Powell 175

Case Studies

Narrative, Lineage, and Succession in the Anglo-Norman Prose Brut Chronicle Julia Marvin 205

Genealogy and Women in the Prose Brut, Especially the Middle English Common Version and its Continuations Lister M. Matheson 221

Genealogy and John Hardyng's Verse Chronicle Sarah L. Peverley 259

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