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Writing History for the King

Henry II and the Politics of Vernacular Historiography

Writing History for the King( )
Author: Urbanski, Charity
ISBN:978-0-8014-6972-5
Publication Date:Jan 2013
Publisher:Cornell University Press
Book Format:Ebook
List Price:USD $69.95
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Writing History for the King is at once a reassessment of the reign of Henry II of England (1133-1189) and an original contribution to our understanding of the rise of vernacular historiography in the high Middle Ages. Charity Urbanski focuses on two dynastic histories commissioned by Henry: Wace's Roman de Rou (c. 1160-1174) and Beno#65533;t de Sainte-Maure's Chronique des ducs de Normandie (c. 1174-1189). In both cases, Henry adopted the new genre of vernacular historical writing...
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