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Latin in Medieval Britain$
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Richard Ashdowne and Carolinne White

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780197266083

Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.5871/bacad/9780197266083.001.0001

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The 12th-Century Renaissance in Anglo-Norman England: William of Malmesbury and Joseph of Exeter

The 12th-Century Renaissance in Anglo-Norman England: William of Malmesbury and Joseph of Exeter

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(p.73) 3 The 12th-Century Renaissance in Anglo-Norman England: William of Malmesbury and Joseph of Exeter
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Latin in Medieval Britain
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Neil Wright

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British Academy
DOI:10.5871/bacad/9780197266083.003.0003

How did the ‘12th-century Renaissance’ impact on Anglo-Norman authors? This chapter explores the responses of two highly accomplished writers, William of Malmesbury and Joseph of Exeter, to the literary tradition in which they worked (such as epic and satire): by alluding to and skilfully modifying Classical (particularly post-Augustan) and late-Antique models, they masterfully played on their readers' recognition and expectations of familiar conventions of historiography, hagiography, and poetics so as to innovate and entertain, and in this way created something distinctive and fresh for their contemporary audience.

Keywords:   epic, hagiography, historiography, Joseph of Exeter, satire, William of Malmesbury

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