The Carmen de Hastingae Proelio of Guy, Bishop of Amiens

Hardcover | October 7, 1999

EditorGuy, Bishop of AmiensbyFrank Barlow

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The Carmen de Hastingae Proelio is one of the most discussed sources for the Norman Conquest of England. Its authorship and date cannot be established entirely beyond dispute, but the weight of scholarly opinion supports a date of composition of 1068 or earlier, by Guy, bishop of Amiens, thusmaking it the earliest surviving account. Whatever its date, the Carmen remains a source of intrinsic interest and importance, and one used by some of the great chroniclers of the period, such as Orderic Vitalis. It is an epic poem, concerned with some of the most momentous events of a remarkableyear, in which Halley's comet was a disturbing portent of undisclosed disasters. For this second edition, Frank Barlow has written an entirely new and substantial historical introduction, incorporating the scholarly research of a generation. He has also provided a fresh translation and notes, as well as revising the Latin text of the 1972 edition by Catherine Morton and HopeMuntz.

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The Carmen de Hastingae Proelio is one of the most discussed sources for the Norman Conquest of England. Its authorship and date cannot be established entirely beyond dispute, but the weight of scholarly opinion supports a date of composition of 1068 or earlier, by Guy, bishop of Amiens, thusmaking it the earliest surviving account. Wh...

Frank Barlow is Emeritus Professor of History, University of Exeter.

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Format:HardcoverPublished:October 7, 1999Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198207581

ISBN - 13:9780198207580

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`Bishop Guy s perspective is interesting ... Yet many readers of this Oxford Medieval Text may be less interested in the _ Carmen _ itself than in Barlow s introduction. It would be hard to find a more informed scholar than Barlow ... His introduction ... carefully contextualizes the poem bycomparing it to all the major alternative sources. The three-page list of abbreviated references could itself serve as a point of departure for any student interested in beginning research on some aspect of the Battle of Hastings.'John Howe, H-Catholic.