The Gesta Normannorum Ducum of William of Jumieges, Orderic Vitalis, and Robert of Torigni: Volume I: Introduction and Book I-IV by Elisabeth M. C. van HoutsThe Gesta Normannorum Ducum of William of Jumieges, Orderic Vitalis, and Robert of Torigni: Volume I: Introduction and Book I-IV by Elisabeth M. C. van Houts

The Gesta Normannorum Ducum of William of Jumieges, Orderic Vitalis, and Robert of Torigni: Volume…

byElisabeth M. C. van Houts

Hardcover | June 1, 1992

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The Gesta Normannorum Ducum is one of the most important sources for the history of Normandy and England in the eleventh and twelfth centuries, and contains the earliest prose account of the Norman Conquest. It was written by a succession of authors, the first of whom was William of Jumieges,who wrote for William the Conqueror. Later writers, such as Orderic Vitalis (d. c.1142) and Robert of Torigni (d. 1186), interpolated and extended the chronicle as far as King Henry I (1100-1135). The later accretions reveal much not only about changing attitudes towards the Norman invasion ofEngland, but also about views of the early Viking foundation of Normandy. Elisabeth van Houts's two-volume edition is based on a study of all forty-seven extant manuscripts of the Gesta, including the earliest surviving copy of c. 1100, hitherto unknown. The full original text of William of Jumieges is supplied, as well as the integral text of the subsequent revisionsand additions. Volume I contains Dr van Houts's introduction to the whole work, together with the text and translation of books i-iv. Books v-viii will appear in Volume II. The edition forms an important contribution to our understanding of Anglo-Norman politics.
Elisabeth M. C. van Houts is at Newnham College, Cambridge, and Newton Trust Lecturer in Medieval History, University of Cambridge.
Title:The Gesta Normannorum Ducum of William of Jumieges, Orderic Vitalis, and Robert of Torigni: Volume…Format:HardcoverDimensions:290 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.91 inPublished:June 1, 1992Publisher:Oxford University Press

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'Thanks to this impeccable edition, the Gesta Normannorum Ducum, a crucial narrative source for the history of Normandy and England before and after the Conquest, has now been made accessible ... An excellent introduction sets out in fascinating detail the process of its composition. Whatemerges is a very different conception of authorship and historical composition from that which we encounter elsewhere.'Times Literary Supplement