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By John D. Niles

ISBN-10: 1118943325

ISBN-13: 9781118943328

  • The concept of Anglo Saxon England, 1066-1901 provides the 1st systematic evaluation of the ways that Anglo-Saxon stories have advanced from their beginnings to the 20 th century
  • Tells the tale of ways the idea of Anglo-Saxon England advanced from the Anglo-Saxons themselves to the Victorians, serving as a fable of origins for the English humans, their language, and a few in their such a lot loved institutions
  • Combines unique examine with validated scholarship to bare how present conceptions of English id could be very diversified if it weren't for the invention – and invention – of the Anglo-Saxon past
  • Reveals how records relationship from the Anglo-Saxon period have vastly inspired sleek attitudes towards nationhood, race, spiritual perform, and constitutional liberties
  • Includes greater than fifty photos of manuscripts, early revealed books, work, sculptures, and significant historians of the era

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Geoffrey has been admired as the author of ‘one of the world’s most brazen and successful frauds’, to quote the great Arthurian scholar Roger Loomis (1963: 35). His fanciful history initiated a vogue for Arthurian literature that has lasted to the present day, extending into the realms of popular literature, painting, and film. It also provided intellectual justification for consigning the Anglo‐Saxons to near‐oblivion. Since his Historia regum Britanniae has long been recognised as a tissue of inventions, Geoffrey is seldom discussed today as a contributor to the new historiography that was a key ingredient of what has been called ‘the twelfth‐century renaissance’.

Not least among the Anglo‐Saxon saints whose cult the Normans promoted was King Edward the Confessor (r. 1042–1066), the chaste half‐Norman king who embodied dynastic continuity from English past to Anglo‐Norman present. The cult of that The Impact of the Norman Conquest 13 king, who was canonised in 1161, greatly enhanced the prestige of his burial place, Westminster Abbey, as a place of pilgrimage and power. 15 The cults of native English saints were reinforced through iconography, the liturgy, and pilgrimage, among other means.

Authors from all parts of Europe soon took inspiration from this work. 26 According to Geoffrey and those who accepted his fictions, insular history had not begun with the fifth‐century English conquest of Britain, nor yet with the Romans. Instead, the true, providential history of Britain began with the arrival of the founding figure ‘Brutus’, a supposed fugitive from ancient Troy. British history reached its culminating point with the reign of King Arthur, who presided over a magnificent empire from his capital city of Camelot.

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