De gestis regum anglorum libri quinque: Historiae novellae libri tres

De gestis regum anglorum libri quinque: Historiae novellae libri tres

by William of Malmesbury


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Consciously modelling himself on the Venerable Bede, William of Malmesbury (c.1090-c.1142) was one of the most learned of all the medieval chroniclers. In this second volume of a two-volume set, published between 1887 and 1889, editor William Stubbs (1825-1901) presents the last three books of William's Gesta regum anglorum ('Deeds of the English Kings'), which are concerned with post-Conquest events up to the reign of Henry I. Although William's reliance on contemporary chroniclers makes these books less independently valuable, they nonetheless contain much interesting material drawn from the author's own experience. The Gesta is followed by the Historia novella ('Modern History'), a later work in annalistic form - covering events from 1128 to 1142, including the 'anarchy' of King Stephen's reign - which seems to have been unrevised and unfinished before William's death. Stubbs' substantial preface provides a detailed critique of the literary and historical value of William's Latin writings.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781108053464
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 11/26/2012
Series: Cambridge Library Collection - Rolls
Pages: 570
Product dimensions: 5.98(w) x 9.02(h) x 1.26(d)

Table of Contents

Preface; Gesta regum lib. 3; Gesta regum lib. 4; Gesta regum lib. 5; Historia novella, lib. 1; Historia novella, lib. 2; Historia novella, lib. 3; Index.

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