The Idea Of Anglo-saxon England In Middle English Romance by Robert Allen RouseThe Idea Of Anglo-saxon England In Middle English Romance by Robert Allen Rouse

The Idea Of Anglo-saxon England In Middle English Romance

byRobert Allen Rouse

Hardcover | May 19, 2005

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As the point of origin, both real and imagined, of English law and group identity, the Anglo-Saxon past was important in the construction of a post-Conquest English society that was both aware of, and placed great stock in, its Anglo-Saxon heritage; yet its depiction in post-Conquest literature has been very little studied. This book examines a wide range of sources [legal and historiographical as well as literary] in order to reveal a 'social construction' of Anglo-Saxon England that held a significant place in the literary and cultural imagination of the post-Conquest English. Using a variety of texts, but the Matter of England romances in particular, the author argues that they show a continued interest in the Anglo-Saxon past, from the localised East Sussex legend of King Alfred that underlies the twelfth-century Proverbs of Alfred, to the institutional interest in the Guy of Warwick narrative exhibited by the community of St. Swithun's Priory in Winchester during the fifteenth century; they are part of a continued cultural remembrance that encompasses chronicles, folk memories, and literature. Dr ROBERT ALLLEN ROUSE teaches in the Department of English, University of British Columbia.
Title:The Idea Of Anglo-saxon England In Middle English RomanceFormat:HardcoverDimensions:190 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.5 inPublished:May 19, 2005Publisher:Boydell & Brewer LtdLanguage:English

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ISBN - 13:9781843840411

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(A) nimbly written and solidly researched work on an absorbing topic, a neat and useful volume of the kind that D S Brewer is increasingly and commendably one of the few British publishers willing to produce. TIMES LITERARY SUPPLEMENT