The Gesta Normannorum Ducum of William of Jumii'Ages, Orderic Vitalis, and Robert of Torigni: Volume II: Books V-VIII

The Gesta Normannorum Ducum of William of Jumii'Ages, Orderic Vitalis, and Robert of Torigni: Volume II: Books V-VIII

by Houts Van, William, Gent Jacqueline Van
     
 

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

Overview

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 foundationa of Normandy.

Elisabeth van Houts's two-volume edition is based on a study of all fotry-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.

Editorial Reviews

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"...One of the most important sources for the history of the Norman conquest. [The author] has maintained the highest standards of scholarship...providing a full translation into English for the first time...An extremely rich source of information."—The Albion

"...The introduction and annotations are so richly erudite that scholars with even the remotest research interest in the period...would do well to check the GND just in case [the author] has..."—Speculum-A Journal of Medieval Studies

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780198205203
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
06/28/1995
Series:
Oxford Medieval Texts Series
Pages:
362
Product dimensions:
5.60(w) x 8.60(h) x 1.20(d)

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Newnham College, Cambridge and Newton Trust Lecturer in Medieval History, Cambridge University

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