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Author Flood, Victoria, author.

Title Prophecy, politics and place in Medieval England : from Geoffrey of Monmouth to Thomas of Erceldoune / Victoria Flood.

Published Woodbridge ; Cambridge : D.S. Brewer, an imprint of Boydell & Brewer Ltd., [2016]


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Physical description 1 online resource (xii, 240 pages)
Series Books at JSTOR Evidence Based Acquisitions
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 205-230) and index.
Contents Frontcover; Contents; List of Illustrations; Acknowledgements; Abbreviations; Introduction: An Island of the Ocean; 1 'Cadualadrus Conanum uocabit': Political Prophecy in England, the Welsh March, and Ireland, c. 1130s-1260s; 2 'E si finerount les heirs d'engleterre hors de heritage': Galfridian Prophecy and the Anglo-Scottish Border, c. 1301-30s; 3 'Whan shal this be?' The English Erceldoune Tradition, c. 1310s-90s; 4 'A dede man shall make bytwene hem acorde': Cock in the North and Ceiliog y North, c. 1405-85; Conclusion; Bibliography; Index.
Summary The period from the twelfth century to the Wars of the Roses witnessed a dominant tradition of secular prophecy engaged with high political affairs, which this book charts, discussing the production of prophetic texts forecasting the rule of the whole of Britain by the kings of England. The author draws on the prophetic works of familiar authors and names, such as Geoffrey of Monmouth and Thomas of Erceldoune, alongside previously unpublished manuscript material, to study identity formation among medieval political elites. Alongside English prophetic texts, she explores competing visions of the British future produced in Wales and Scotland, with which English prophetic authors entered into an overt dialogue; this was a cross-border exchange which in many ways shaped the development of this deeply influential discourse. Prophecy is revealed to be a dynamic arena for literary exchange, where alternative imaginings of the future sovereignty of Britain vied for acceptance, and compelled decision making at the highest political levels.
Other author JSTOR issuing body.
Subject Politics and literature -- England -- History -- To 1500.
Prophecy in literature.
English literature -- Middle English, 1100-1500 -- History and criticism.
Great Britain -- History -- Prophecies.
Great Britain -- Politics and government -- 1154-1399.
Electronic books.
Criticism, interpretation, etc.
ISBN 9781782048688 (electronic bk.)
1782048685 (electronic bk.)
9781843844471 (print)
1843844478 (print)