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Geoffrey of Monmouth and the translation of female kingship [electronic resource] /
Fiona Tolhurst.
edition
1st ed.
imprint
Basingstoke ; New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2013.
description
x, 347 p. ; 23 cm.
ISBN
113727784X (hbk.), 9781137277848 (hbk.)
format(s)
Book
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imprint
Basingstoke ; New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2013.
isbn
113727784X (hbk.)
9781137277848 (hbk.)
restrictions
Licensed for access by U. of T. users.
contents note
Re-reading Empress Matilda as a female king -- Geoffrey's history as preparation for a female king -- Undermining and degrading female kingship in the First Variant and Wace's roman de Brut -- Delegitimizing and erasing female kingship in the "Epistola Warino Britoni," the Chronica majora, and Layamon's Brut.
abstract
Fiona Tolhurst offers a feminist analysis of the non-Arthurian portion of Geoffrey of Monmouth's 'History of the Kings of Britain'.
catalogue key
12027182
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. [309]-327) and index.
A Look Inside
About the Author
Author Affiliation
Fiona Tolhurst is Matre Assistante in Medieval and Early Modern English at the University of Geneva, Switzerland. She is the author Geoffrey of Monmouth and the Feminist Origins of the Arthurian Legend, editor of a special issues of Arthuriana on Geoffrey of Monmouth, and the co-editor, with Bonnie Wheeler, of On Arthurian Women: Essays in Memory of Maureen Fries.
Reviews
Review Quotes
'Geoffrey of Monmouth and the Translation of Female Kingship provides a provocative reading of the often-ignored non-Arthurian sections of Geoffrey of Monmouth's Historia regum Britannia and its later revisions. Tolhurst's thesis, that Geoffrey of Monmouth should be considered a feminist historian of the Middle Ages, is based on her placement of Geoffrey's work against its immediate political context, the assertion by Matilda, Henry I's heir-designate, of her legitimate claim to the throne of England against Stephen of Blois. While Tolhurst's book is a feminist reading of Geoffrey of Monmouth, it will appeal broadly to historians, medievalists, literary critics, and students of one of the most innovative writers of the Middle Ages.' - Michael J. Curley, Emeritus Professor of English and author of Geoffrey of Monmouth
" Geoffrey of Monmouth and the Translation of Female Kingship provides a provocative reading of the often-ignored non-Arthurian sections of Geoffrey of Monmouth's Historia regum Britannia and its later revisions. Tolhurst's thesis, that Geoffrey of Monmouth should be considered a feminist historian of the Middle Ages, is based on her placement of Geoffrey's work against its immediate political context, the assertion by Matilda, Henry I's heir-designate, of her legitimate claim to the throne of England against Stephen of Blois. While Tolhurst's book is a feminist reading of Geoffrey of Monmouth, it will appeal broadly to historians, medievalists, literary critics, and students of one of the most innovative writers of the Middle Ages." - Michael J. Curley, Emeritus Professor of English and author of Geoffrey of Monmouth
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Summaries
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Fiona Tolhurst offers a feminist analysis of the non-Arthurian portion of Geoffrey of Monmouth's 'History of the Kings of Britain'.
Description for Bookstore
Fiona Tolhurst offers the first feminist analysis of the non-Arthurian portion of Geoffrey of Monmouth's History of the Kings of Britain
Long Description
Geoffrey of Monmouth and the Translation of Female Kingship provides the first feminist analysis of the part of The History of the Kings of Britain that most readers overlook: the reigns before and after Arthur's. Fiona Tolhurst demonstrates that Geoffrey not only creates precedents for the future reign of Empress Matilda in England but also presents female rule as an attractive and beneficial alternative to male immorality and incompetence. Her study adds a new dimension to contemporary scholarship by proposing that the word 'feminist'can be used to describe this history that - in contrast to the works of Geoffrey's predecessors, redactors, and early translators - presents female rule positively.
Main Description
Geoffrey of Monmouth and the Translation of Female Kingship provides the first feminist analysis of the part of The History of the Kings of Britain that most readers overlook: the reigns before and after Arthur's. Fiona Tolhurst demonstrates that Geoffrey not only creates precedents for the future reign of Empress Matilda in England but also presents female rule as an attractive and beneficial alternative to male immorality and incompetence. Her study adds a new dimension to contemporary scholarship by proposing that the word 'feminist' can be used to describe this history that - in contrast to the works of Geoffrey's predecessors, redactors, and early translators - presents female rule positively.
Main Description
Here, Fiona Tolhurst offers the first feminist analysis of the non-Arthurian portion of Geoffrey of Monmouth's History of the Kings of Britain. After re-reading Empress Matilda as the first female king of England, she contrasts Geoffrey's feminist brand of historiography with the works of both his predecessors and his successors. This study documents how Geoffrey's redactors and translators of the twelfth and thirteenth centuries first undermined and then erased his uniquely pro-female version of the early British past.
Table of Contents
List of Abbreviationsp. ix
Introduction: Geoffrey of Monmouth and the Translation of Female Kingshipp. 1
Re-reading Empress Matilda as a Female Kingp. 19
Geoffrey's History as Preparation for a Female Kingp. 53
Undermining and Degrading Female Kingship in the First Variant and Wace's roman de Brutp. 133
Delegitimizing and Erasing Female Kingship in the "Epistola Warino Britoni," the Chronica majora, and La3amon's Brutp. 189
Conclusionp. 257
Notesp. 261
Bibliographyp. 309
About the Authorp. 329
Indexp. 331
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