De gestis regum anglorum libri quinque: Historiae novellae libri tres

De gestis regum anglorum libri quinque: Historiae novellae libri tres

by William of Malmesbury


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Consciously modelling himself on the Venerable Bede, William of Malmesbury (c.1090–c.1142) was one of the most learned of all the medieval chroniclers. His monumental Gesta regum anglorum ('Deeds of the English Kings') is a model of historical scholarship, written in engaging, fluid Latin. It was first completed around 1125, but was later revised and extended. The first two books of the Gesta are an impressive demonstration of William's extensive bibliographic and antiquarian knowledge. In this first volume of a two-volume set, originally published between 1887 and 1889, editor William Stubbs (1825–1901) presents these first two books, which narrate events from the arrival of the Anglo-Saxons to the Battle of Hastings. Stubbs' own lengthy preface is a detailed examination of William's life and work, which sets his historical writings in the context of his time and credits him as the first truly systematic historian since Bede.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781108053457
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 11/26/2012
Series: Cambridge Library Collection - Rolls
Pages: 478
Product dimensions: 5.98(w) x 9.02(h) x 1.06(d)

Table of Contents

Preface; Gesta regum lib. 1; Gesta regum lib. 2.

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