Brittany and the Angevins: Province and Empire 1158-1203 by J. A. Everard

By J. A. Everard

It is a political heritage of Brittany among 1158 and 1203, while it was once governed by means of the Angevin king of britain, Henry II, and his successors. The ebook examines the method wherein Henry II won sovereignty over Brittany, and the way it was once ruled thereafter. this is often the 1st learn of this topic, delivering an immense contribution to the historiography of either Brittany and the "Angevin empire". It additionally deals a corrective to past scholarship through suggesting that the Angevin regime in Brittany was once neither alien nor opppressive to the Bretons.

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Bk II, ch. 12 (p. 153). , bk II, chs 11 (pp. 152–3). Christiansen, Dudo, 35, translates inermes as ‘weaponless’. This is misleading, especially when used to denote men serving as members of an urban garrison. Concerning the use of the term inermes to mean lacking in armor see Bernard S. Bachrach, ‘The Northern Origins of the Peace Movement at Le Puy in 975’, Historical Reflections/Reflexions Historiques 14, 1987, 405–21 and reprinted with the same pagination in Bernard S. Bachrach, State Building in Medieval France: Studies in Early Angevin History, London 1995, 417, with the literature cited there.

106 (p. 269); and bk IV, ch. 117 (p. 280); and regarding the importance of rhetoric in this intellectual milieu see Southern, ‘Aspects of the European Tradition’, 191–2. 7 Regarding rhetorical plausibility see, for example, the discussions by Nancy Partner, ‘The New Cornificius: Medieval History and the Artifice of Words’, 12, and Roger Ray, ‘Rhetorical Scepticism and Verisimilar Narrative in John of Salisbury’s Historia Pontificalis’, 66, 83–4, both in Classical Rhetoric and Medieval Historiography, ed.

34 See also van Houts, ‘Scandinavian Influence’, 108–11, who identifies several examples of Dudo’s putative reliability accepted by both Prentout and Steenstrup, cited above (nn. 1 and 3). 35 De Moribus, bk I, chs 5–8, 17–20 (pp. 132–8, 156–60). 36 It is hard to reconcile the relations of Alfred the Great and his immediate successors with the Vikings with the tale told by Dudo concerning Rollo. In this context, see the observations by Richard Abels, Alfred the Great: War, Kingship and Culture in Anglo-Saxon England, London 1998, 290.

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