Prophecy, Politics and Place in Medieval England
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252 Pages

23.4 x 15.6 cm

4 b/w, 1 line illus.

Imprint: D.S.Brewer

Prophecy, Politics and Place in Medieval England

From Geoffrey of Monmouth to Thomas of Erceldoune

by Victoria Flood

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A study of the prophetic tradition in medieval England brings out its influence on contemporary politics and the contemporary elite.
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 forecastingthe rule of the whole of Britain by the kings of England. It 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works of familiar authors and names, such as Geoffrey of Monmouth and Thomas of Erceldoune, alongside previously unpublished manuscript material,to study identity formation among medieval political elites.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, the author 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.

Dr Victoria Flood is Lecturer in Medieval and Early Modern Literature at the University of Birmingham.
Introduction: An Island of the Ocean
'Cadualadrus Conanum uocabit': Political Prophecy in England, the Welsh March, and Ireland, ca. 1130s-1260s
'E si finerount les heirs d'engleterre hors de heritage': Galfridian Prophecy and the Anglo-Scottish Border, ca. 1301-1330s
'Whan shal this be?' The English Erceldoune Tradition, ca. 1310s-90s
'A dede man shall make bytwene hem acorde': Cock in the North and Geiliawc y North, ca. 1405-85
Conclusion
Bibliography

VICTORIA FLOOD is Senior Lecturer in Medieval and Early Modern Literature at the University of Birmingham.

"A really interesting, valuable book, not only for prophecy scholars and those with an interest in that topic, but also for historians with local, national or international interests, and for literary scholars." HISTORY
"A well-researched book on an important topic." MEDIUM AEVUM
"Will appeal to a wide range of readers, including those interested in prophecy, border writing, Geoffrey of Monmouth and the translation and transmission of medieval texts." ENGLISH HISTORICAL REVIEW

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Title Details

252 Pages

2.34 x 1.56 cm

4 b/w, 1 line illus.

Imprint: D.S.Brewer