Academic journal article Medium Aevum

Violence and the Writing of History in the Medieval Francophone World

Academic journal article Medium Aevum

Violence and the Writing of History in the Medieval Francophone World

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Violence and the Writing of History in the Medieval Francophone World, ed. Noah D. Guynn and Zrinka Stahuljak, Gallica series 29 (Cambridge: D. S. Brewer: Boydell & Brewer, 2013). xii + 201 pp. ISBN 978-1-84384-337-5. £50.00. This collection of essays considers the historiographical role of violence in several medieval francophone contexts, covering a wide range of texts from different genres and contexts. Part 1, Theorizing violence', explores the significance of violence in sacred narrative in Chansons de geste and Villehardouin's La Conquête de Constantinople. Part 2, 'Institutions and subversions', examines the moral implications of violence for Flemish chroniclers; the comic violence and satire in Lambert of Ardres's History, accounts of violent executions under Edward I as narratives of royal power; and the ethical components and aesthetics of violence in the Canso déla Cromada. Part 3, 'Gender and sexuality', considers the link between the violence inherent in the Trojan bloodline as depicted in Wace's Roman de Troie and the genealogical implications in his Chronique des ducs de Normandie, and how accounts of the violent deaths of Hugh Despenser, Roger Mortimer, and Richard II by francophone chroniclers illuminate our understanding of criminalized medieval sexuality. …

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