9781846319518

La Vie d'Edouard le Confesseur, by a Nun of Barking Abbey

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    9781846319518

  • ISBN10:

    184631951X

  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2014-09-01
  • Publisher: Liverpool University Press
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Summary

The twelfth-century Life of King Edward the Confessor, in Anglo-Norman verse, is here presented in modern English for the first time. Its author, an anonymous Nun of Barking Abbey, offers a many-faceted and absorbing portrait of the celebrated king and saint, together with legendary material found in no other version of this hagiographic narrative; there is in addition a wealth of detail about Edward's times as well as about the twelfth-century context in which the Nun was writing. The poem is thus of the greatest interest not only for literary scholars but also for historians.

It is arguably the earliest vernacular text known to be by a woman, and so will also be of value to scholars investigating medieval female authorship. Long neglected, perhaps because mistakenly thought to be a mere translation of Aelred of Rievaulx's Vita in Latin, it proves on examination to be remarkably independent of its main source and raises questions about the freedom and originality of medieval translation.

Author Biography


Dr. Jane Bliss is an independent scholar working in Oxford.

Table of Contents


Preface
Acknowledgements
Abbreviations
Introduction
Edward the Confessor
- La Vie d'Edouard
- The Three Principal Manuscripts
The Poem's Themes
- Edward: Holy Warrior, Royal Saint
- Historical and Legendary Women
- Chaste Marriage
- The Nun as a Mystical Writer
- From Latin to Medieval French
Sources
- Earlier Lives of Edward
- Rewriting Aelred
- The Nun and English Literature
- Other Sources
- Barking Abbey's Books
The Nun and her World
- Barking Abbey
- The Poem's Date
- The Nun's Identity as Author of Edouard
- The Poem's Audience
- Later Lives of Edward
Translation and Presentation

The Life of Edward the Confessor

Appendix
Glossary
Bibliography
- Primary Texts
- Secondary Texts
Indexes
- Bible References
- Proper Names in Text
- General Index

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