Anglo-Norman Studies 31: Proceedings of the Battle by C. P. Lewis

By C. P. Lewis

The modern historians of Anglo-Norman England shape a selected concentration of this factor. There are contributions on Henry of Huntingdon's illustration of civil battle; at the political purpose of the poems within the nameless lifetime of Edward the Confessor; on William of Malmesbury's depiction of Henry I; and at the impact upon historians of the past due vintage historical past attributed to Hegesippus. A paper on Gerald of Wales and Merlin brings priceless literary insights to undergo. different items take on spiritual historical past (northern monasteries through the Anarchy, the abbey of Tiron) and politics (family background around the Conquest, the Norman brothers Urse de Abetot and Robert Dispenser, the friendship community of King Stephen's family). the amount starts off with Judith Green's Allen Brown Memorial Lecture, which gives a wide-ranging account of kingship, lordsihp and neighborhood in eleventh-century England. individuals: Judith eco-friendly, Janet Burton, Catherine A. M. Clarke, Sebastien Danielo, Emma Mason, advert Putter, Kathleen Thompson, Jean A. Truax, Elizabeth M. Tyler, Bj?¶rn Weiler, Neil Wright

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The babbling trickle from a pure fountain is now filled with dirt, and, its stream obstructed, refuses to bring forth its water as of old. The betrayed fruits of the sown grain, laid low by hail, the flower subdued, destroyed as they are, leave their owners to put their hope [merely] in the oak-tree. Once a countryman, looking for baskets of hidden honey, if the crowd of workers has fled before an approaching snake, puts his hand on the sinuous enemy: his blood drains away, he is chill at heart.

The fire found nourishment everywhere and did not rest until it had engulfed almost the whole fabric of the town and reduced it to nothing as if it had been in a furnace. Then there occurred an extraordinary miracle around the chapel of the blessed Bishop Germanus, which I mentioned earlier in the previous book. It remained untouched as all the flames licked around it and it was preserved unharmed from the savage onslaught of the flames even though they were so close to the buildings that were burning that the fire was only a hair’s breadth away.

The experience of civil conflict and social disintegration cannot be contained within conventional historiographical discourse and cannot be fully transcribed in the neat annals of the Chronicle format. 6 Henry of Huntingdon himself employs a number of strategies to represent civil war in book X of the Historia Anglorum. These strategies include direct narrative, the use of metaphor or allegory, and, the main focus of my interest here, experiments in style and structure which fuse subject with idiom – linking the theme of civil conflict with literary forms which respond to the disrupting and dividing experience of civil war itself.

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