History of Saint Edward the King by Matthew Paris

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History of Saint Edward the King, dedicated to Queen Eleanor, is an important representation of the values and dynastic concerns of King Henry III's reign. Matthew Paris's life of Edward the Confessor emphasizes Edward as married virgin king, dispenser of wisdom and courtesy, miraculous healer, and harmonious ruler, and it asserts dynastic and cultural continuity between Edward the Confessor and Henry III. The life is also notable for its portrayal of Anglo-Danish relations, its vilification of Harold Godwinson's...
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Overview

History of Saint Edward the King, dedicated to Queen Eleanor, is an important representation of the values and dynastic concerns of King Henry III's reign. Matthew Paris's life of Edward the Confessor emphasizes Edward as married virgin king, dispenser of wisdom and courtesy, miraculous healer, and harmonious ruler, and it asserts dynastic and cultural continuity between Edward the Confessor and Henry III. The life is also notable for its portrayal of Anglo-Danish relations, its vilification of Harold Godwinson's brief reign before the Battle of Hastings and the taking of the English throne by the Norman duke William, and its creative adaptations of romance, epic, historiography, and hagiography.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780866983891
  • Publisher: ACMRS Publications
  • Publication date: 12/28/2007
  • Series: MEDIEVAL & RENAIS TEXT STUDIES Series , #341
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 182
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Genealogical Table

Introduction

1 A Life in History 1

2 Edward as Palimpsest 3

3 Edward the Confessor and Henry III 10

4 The Author and His Kings 11

5 Lessons for Henry and Eleanor 18

6 The King's One Body 20

7 Hateful Harold 24

8 Authorship and Date 25

9 The Manuscript: Illustrating Edward's Life 27

10 Versification and Style 32

11 Sources and Influences 41

Suggested Further Reading 44

Note on Text and Translation 51

The History of Saint Edward the King 53

Text 53

Notes 115

Appendix 153

Index of Proper Names 161

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