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  • Record Number: 8199
  • Author(s)/Creator(s): McMillan , Kirsten.
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  • Title: A Story of Conflicts: Marriage and Conquest in the "Gesta Regum Anglorum"
  • Source: Gender and Conflict in the Middle Ages. Gender and Medieval Studies Conference, York, January 5-7 2001.. 2001.
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  • Article Type: Conference Paper Abstract
  • Subject (See Also): Latin Literature Literature- Prose Marriage Norman Conquest of England (1066) William of Malmesbury, Historian- Gesta Regum Anglorum
  • Geographic Area: British Isles
  • Century: 12
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  • Abstract: This paper has two interrelated aims; one of these is to suggest that marriage is an important theme of conquest. The other is to consider the portrayal and perception of marriage and conquest within William of Malmesbury's (?1095-?1143) text, the "Gesta Regum Anglorum." Written c. sixty years after the Norman Conquest of 1066 this text expresses contemporary feeling towards the consequences and effects of this important and unusual conquest. Modern historians like Eleanor Searle and Pauline Stafford have already established that marriage is an important theme in the negotiation of conquest. Does William of Malmesbury agree with this analysis and can we in fact suggest that 1066 effects his understanding of marriage within Anglo-Norman society? [Reproduced by permission of the Gender and Medieval Studies Conference organizers].
  • Author's Affiliation: University of Liverpool
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  • Year of Publication: 2001.
  • Language: English
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