9780198222248

Henry, Archdeacon of Huntington: Historia Anglorum The History of the English People

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    9780198222248

  • ISBN10:

    0198222246

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 1997-01-30
  • Publisher: Clarendon Press

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This is the first complete edition and translation of the Historia Anglorum ( History of the English People) by Henry, Archdeacon of Huntingdon (c. 1088-c.1157). The main narrative covers the history of England from the invasions of Julius Caesar down to the accession of King Henry II in1154, and includes the only contemporary account of the entire reign of King Stephen (1135-54). In the influential circle of successive bishops of Lincoln, Henry was often at the centre of political life - a practical man whose consciousness of the world extended far beyond the limits of hisarchdeaconry, a visitor to France and Rome. His work is a major source for events in England and Normandy in his lifetime. Henry's pages are filled with good stories, including the first written record of Cnut and the waves, and of Henry's death from a surfeit of lampreys. The final two booksconsist of poems that show Henry to be one of the finest of Anglo-Latin poets.// Henry's work has never before been published in its entirety. The 1879 edition in the Rolls series provided only a Latin text, omitted three books and other sections of the text, and failed to take account of severalmanuscripts. The critical edition in the present volume shows the author's successive revisions and continuations of his text. It is offered with parallel translation and historical notes. The introduction provides a fresh appraisal of Henry's career, incorporates new discoveries about his familyorigins and education, and assesses his importance as a poet and historian.

Table of Contents

LISTS OF TABLES AND PLATES
xi(2)
ABBREVIATED REFERENCES xiii(8)
SIGLA xxi(2)
INTRODUCTION xxiii(1)
I THE CAREER OF HENRY, ARCHDEACON OF HUNTINGDON xxiii(34)
1. Family and Home
xxiii(6)
2. Education
xxix(11)
3. The Archdeacon
xl(12)
4. The Wider World
lii(5)
5. Death
lvii(1)
II THE WRITINGS lvii(60)
1. The Historia Anglorum
lvii(50)
i. Themes
lvii(9)
ii. Chronology of Composition
lxvi(11)
iii. Structure
lxxvii(8)
iv. Sources
lxxxv(22)
2. The Poetry
cvii(5)
i. Poems within Books i-x
cvii(2)
ii. The Poetical Books, xi and xii
cix(3)
3. Lost Works
cxii(5)
i. Lost Poetry
cxii(3)
ii. Lost Prose
cxv(2)
III THE MANUSCRIPTS AND THE TEXT cxvii(43)
1. Descriptions of the Manuscripts
cxvii(27)
2. The Transmission of the Text
cxliv(14)
3. The Manuscripts of the Poetry
clviii(1)
4. The Relationships of the Manuscripts
clix(1)
IV EDITIONS clx(6)
1. Previous Editions
clx(2)
2. This Edition
clxii(4)
CHRONOLOGICAL SUMMARY OF HENRY'S CAREER clxvi(7)
SIGLA OF MANUSCRIPTS CITED IN THE TEXT clxxiii
TEXT AND TRANSLATION 1(1)
HISTORIA ANGLORUM, THE HISTORY OF THE ENGLISH PEOPLE 2(776)
Prologue 2(8)
Book i The Kingdom of the Romans in Britain
10(68)
Book ii The Coming of the English
78(60)
Book iii The Conversion of the English
138(72)
Book iv The Kingdom of the English
210(62)
Book v The Danish Wars
272(66)
Book vi The Coming of the Normans
338(74)
Book vii The Kingdom of the Normans
412(82)
Book viii Exalted Matters
494(126)
Epilogue
494(8)
Letter to Henry I
502(56)
Letter to Warin the Breton
558(26)
Letter to Archdeacon Walter, De contemptu mundi
584(36)
Book ix The Miracles of the English
620(78)
Book x The Present Time
698(80)
EPIGRAMS 778(49)
Book xi
778(26)
Book xii
804(23)
APPENDICES 827(16)
1. The Charters of Henry, Archdeacon of Huntingdon
827(6)
2. The Contents-List added at Le Bec
833(3)
3. Walo's Epitaph on William Clito
836(3)
4. Some Manuscripts Preserving Fragments of the HA
839(4)
CONCORDANCE 843(4)
INDEX OF MANUSCRIPTS CITED 847(4)
INDEX OF QUOTATIONS AND ALLUSIONS 851(6)
GENERAL INDEX 857

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