The Gesta Guillelmi of William of Poitiers

Hardcover | February 1, 1998

EditorWilliam of PoitiersbyR. H. C. Davis, Marjorie Chibnall

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William of Poitiers began his career as a knight before studying in the schools of Poitiers and entering the Church. He became a chaplain in the household of William the Conqueror, and was able to give a first-hand account of the events of 1066-7. The Gesta Guillelmi, his unfinishedbiography of the king, is particularly important for its detailed description of William's campaigns in Normandy, the careful preparations he made for the invasion of England, the battle of Hastings and the establishment of Norman power after the Conquest. It is a mine of information of militarytactics and the conduct of war in the eleventh century. Though written from the point of view of the Norman court, it gives what is probably the most authentic account of these momentous events. This edition, by the late R. H. C. Davis and Marjorie Chibnall, with facing-page English translation of the Latin text, provides the first complete English translation, as well as a full historical introduction and detailed notes.

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William of Poitiers began his career as a knight before studying in the schools of Poitiers and entering the Church. He became a chaplain in the household of William the Conqueror, and was able to give a first-hand account of the events of 1066-7. The Gesta Guillelmi, his unfinishedbiography of the king, is particularly important for...

The late R. H. C. Davis was Emeritus Professor of the University of Birmingham and an Emeritus Fellow of Merton College, Oxford. Marjorie Chibnall is an Emeritus Fellow of Clare Hall, Cambridge.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:248 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.91 inPublished:February 1, 1998Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0198205538

ISBN - 13:9780198205531

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`This new edition now offers another ten (inspired) amendments, but its principal justification lies with its elaborate annotation and its provision of a parallel English translation ... Chibnall has discharged her responsibilities as editor with commendable thoroughness'D.J.A. Matthew, University of Reading, EHR, June 1999