The History of Alfred of Beverley
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438 Pages

23.4 x 15.6 cm

5 b/w

Series: Boydell Medieval Texts

Series Vol. Number: 3

Imprint: Boydell Press

The History of Alfred of Beverley

Edited by John Slevin

Translated by Lynda Lockyer

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The first modern edition of a text which shows the suspicion with which Geoffrey of Monmouth's History of the Kings of Britain was received two decades after it first appeared.

The history of the Yorkshire secular clerk, Alfred of Beverley (c.1148 x c.1151), an important primary source in Anglo-Norman historiography, supplies a history of Britain from its supposed foundation by Brutus down to the death of Henry I in 1135.
Alfred's history is of particular interest in that it is the first Insular Latin chronicle to incorporate the legendary British history of Geoffrey of Monmouth (published c.mid 1130s) within a continuous account of the island's past. In attempting to fuse the radically new Galfridian account of the past with that of the conventional twelfth-century (Bedan) view, Alfred's use and manipulation of his sources is highly revealing and suggests a quite critical reception of Geoffrey's history, a mindset which by the end of the twelfth century appears almost entirely to have disappeared amongst chroniclers.

Alfred's history is also an important, and presently undervalued, witness to the reception and dissemination of three of the most important Anglo-Norman histories: Symeon of Durham Historia Regum, The Chronicle of John of Worcester and Henry of Huntingdon, Historia Anglorum, from which works it borrows extensively. In the manner of use of these sources, the author tells us much about the ecclesiastical and intellectual interests and outlook of the period.
Preface and Acknowledgments
Abbreviations
List of plates, figures and maps
INTRODUCTION
Alfred of Beverley - Man, Milieu & Memory
Date and Circumstances of the History
Sources
i. Introduction
ii. Henry of Huntingdon
iii. Geoffrey of Monmouth
iv. John of Worcester
v. The Durham Historia Regum
The Afterlife of Alfred
Historical place, purpose and value
Manuscripts
Editions
i. Previous Edition
ii. This Edition

TEXT AND TRANSLATION
Appendices
General Index

John Slevin completed his PhD on the Historical Writing of Alfred of Beverley at the University of Exeter in 2013.

Lynda Lockyer completed her PhD in Renaissance Intellectual and Cultural History at the Warburg Institute in 2013.

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Title Details

438 Pages

2.34 x 1.56 cm

5 b/w

Series: Boydell Medieval Texts

Series Vol. Number: 3

Imprint: Boydell Press