The Life of King Edward who rests at Westminster: Attributed to a Monk of Saint-Bertin

Hardcover | April 30, 1999

byFrank Barlow

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The anonymous Life of King Edward, written about the time of the Norman Conquest, is an important and intriguing source for the history of Anglo-Saxon England in the years just before 1066. It provides a fascinating account of Edward the Confessor and his family: his wife Edith, hisfather-in-law Earl Godwin, and the queen's brothers Tostig and Harold (king in 1066). The foundations of the legend of St Edward the Confessor are apparent from the version of the work supplied by the unique MS of c.1100. Professor Barlow explores the problems raised by this anonymous work in its now incomplete MS, and examines the development of the cult of St Edward. He also investigates the life and works of Folcard and Goscelin of St Bertin, possible authors. Recent discoveries have enabled Professor Barlow toreconstruct in part the lacunae in BL Harley MS 526 with texts closer to the original. For the second edition, he has undertaken a complete revision of the book.

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The anonymous Life of King Edward, written about the time of the Norman Conquest, is an important and intriguing source for the history of Anglo-Saxon England in the years just before 1066. It provides a fascinating account of Edward the Confessor and his family: his wife Edith, hisfather-in-law Earl Godwin, and the queen's brothers To...

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

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:254 pages, 8.66 × 5.31 × 0.87 inPublished:April 30, 1999Publisher:Oxford University Press

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0198202032

ISBN - 13:9780198202035

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'For all the elegance of Barlow's translation and the wealth of learning he deploys, the Vita Edwardi remains one of the problem-texts of English historical writing. We can only be grateful that this edition disperses so much of the surrounding fog.'Times Literary Supplement