Sir Thomas Gray: Scalacronica (1272-1363)
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352 Pages

21.6 x 13.8 cm

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Series: Publications of the Surtees Society

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Sir Thomas Gray: Scalacronica (1272-1363)

Edited and translated by Andy King

by Sir Thomas Gray

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Text and facing translation of one of the most important chronicles of medieval England.
In 1355, Sir Thomas Gray, a Northumbrian knight and constable of Norham castle, was ambushed and captured by the Scots. Imprisoned in Edinburgh castle, he whiled away the hours by writing a chronicle charting the history of Britain from the Creation. The bulk of the work, written in Anglo-Norman French, is based on existing sources. However, for the section from the reign of Edward I onwards - the portion edited here - Gray relied partly on his own memories, and the stories told him by his father (constable of Norham before him), relating their experiences in the Scottish and French wars. The first known historical work to have been written in England by a member of the lay nobility since the Conquest, the Scalacronica provides a unique perspective on the course of English politics in the fourteenth century, and an insight into the worldview of a militarily active member of England's governing class.It is a vital source for all those interested in the history of the period.
The text, with facing-page translation, has been newly edited from the sole surviving manuscript of the Scalacronica; the volume includes extensive historical notes; and an introduction describing the careers of Thomas Gray and his father, and the written sources used in the compilation of this part of the work.
Introduction
Authorship and Date: A Literary Prisoner
Sir Thomas Gray's Career and Background
Sources
The Manuscript
Provenance
Previous Editions.
Editorial Principles
The Scalacronica
Appendix

ANDY KING is a Lecturer in Medieval History, University of Southampton.

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"[The editor] has done historians a good turn in re-editing this unusually interesting chronicler, annotating it and providing text and translation on facing pages." EHR

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Title Details

352 Pages

2.16 x 1.38 cm

1 line. Illustrations

Series: Publications of the Surtees Society

Imprint: Surtees Society