Writing history for the king [electronic resource] : Henry II and the politics of vernacular historiography / Charity Urbanski.
- Ithaca : Cornell University Press, 2013.
1 online resource (271 p.)
- Henry II, King of England, 1133-1189.
Wace, approximately 1100-approximately 1175. Roman de Rou.
Great Britain -- History -- Norman period, 1066-1154 -- Historiography.
Great Britain -- History -- Angevin period, 1154-1216 -- Historiography.
Normandy (France) -- Historiography.
- Electronic books.
- In English.
- This book is at once a reassessment of the reign of Henry II of England (1133-1189) and an original contribution to our understanding of the rise of vernacular historiography in the high Middle Ages. It focuses on two dynastic histories commissioned by Henry: Wace's 'Roman de Rou' (c. 1160-1174) and Benoît de Sainte-Maure's 'Chronique des ducs de Normandie' (c. 1174-1189). In both cases, Henry adopted the new genre of vernacular historical writing in Old French verse in an effort to disseminate a royalist version of the past that would help secure a grip on power for himself and his children.
- Includes bibliographical references and index.
Description based on print version record.