Geoffrey of Monmouth and the Translation of Female Kingship

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Geoffrey of Monmouth and the Translation of Female Kingship provides the first feminist analysis of the part of The History of the Kings of Britain that most readers overlook: the reigns before and after Arthur's. Fiona Tolhurst demonstrates that Geoffrey not only creates precedents for the future reign of Empress Matilda in England but also presents female rule as an attractive and beneficial alternative to male immorality and incompetence. Her study adds a new dimension to contemporary scholarship by proposing ...

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Geoffrey of Monmouth and the Translation of Female Kingship provides the first feminist analysis of the part of The History of the Kings of Britain that most readers overlook: the reigns before and after Arthur's. Fiona Tolhurst demonstrates that Geoffrey not only creates precedents for the future reign of Empress Matilda in England but also presents female rule as an attractive and beneficial alternative to male immorality and incompetence. Her study adds a new dimension to contemporary scholarship by proposing that the word 'feminist' can be used to describe this history that - in contrast to the works of Geoffrey's predecessors, redactors, and early translators - presents female rule positively.

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"Tolhurst, author of Geoffrey of Monmouth and the Feminist Origins of the Arthurian Legend, promptly follows her work on the Arthurian portions of Geoffrey of Monmouth's History with this feminist reading of the parts of the text that precede and follow Arthur's reign . . . Even those who do not support feminist interpretations will value her assessment of Matilda's female kingship. Tolhurst's study will appeal specifically to medievalists, literary critics, and serious readers of early texts . . . Highly recommended." - CHOICE
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Meet the Author

Fiona Tolhurst is a maître assistante in Medieval and Early Modern English at the University of Geneva.

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Table of Contents

Introduction Geoffrey of Monmouth and the Translation of Female Kingship
Re-reading Empress Matilda as a Female King
Geoffrey's History as Preparation for a Female King
Undermining and Degrading Female Kingship in the First Variant and the Roman de Brut
Delegitimizing and Erasing Female Kingship in the 'Epistola Warino Britoni,' the Chronica majora, and Layamon's Brut

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