Romancing the Past: The Rise of Vernacular Prose Historiography in Thirteenth-Century France

Romancing the Past: The Rise of Vernacular Prose Historiography in Thirteenth-Century France

by Gabrielle M. Spiegel
     
 

In a poststructuralist study of thirteenth-century French historical texts, Gabrielle Spiegel investigates the reasons for the rise of French vernacular prose historiography at this particular time. She argues that the vernacular prose histories that have until now been regarded as royalist were actually products of the aristocracy, reflecting its anxiety as it

Overview

In a poststructuralist study of thirteenth-century French historical texts, Gabrielle Spiegel investigates the reasons for the rise of French vernacular prose historiography at this particular time. She argues that the vernacular prose histories that have until now been regarded as royalist were actually products of the aristocracy, reflecting its anxiety as it faced social and economic change and political threats from the monarchy.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520077102
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
03/09/1993
Series:
New Historicism: Studies in Cultural Poetics Series
Pages:
440
Product dimensions:
6.22(w) x 9.33(h) x 0.47(d)

Meet the Author

Gabrielle M. Spiegel is Professor of History at The Johns Hopkins University. She is the author of The Chronicle Tradition of Saint-Denis (1978).

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