Dudo of Saint-Quentin's Historia Normannorum

June 2015
22 black and white, 4 line illustrations
325 pages
23.4x15.6 cm
Writing History in the Middle Ages
ISBN: 9781903153543
Format: Hardback
Library eBook
York Medieval Press
BISAC HIS037010, HIS013000, LIT011000

Dudo of Saint-Quentin's Historia Normannorum

Tradition, Innovation and Memory

Benjamin Pohl

Interdisciplinary study of one of the most important texts of the Anglo-Norman period.
When Dudo of Saint-Quentin's Historia Normannorum first appeared in or around 1015, written for the then Duke of Normandy, Richard II, Dudo created a text without precedent. By committing the lives and deeds of Richard II's ancestors to written memory for the first time since the foundation of Normandy under the Viking Rollo in 911, Dudo provided the Norman court at Rouen with both an official dynastic historiography and a treasured record of their collective past. The Historia Normannorum was conceived, from the outset, as an idiosyncratic text which purported to be both staunchly traditional and remarkably innovative.
This book's analysis of the Historia uses historical and manuscript evidence, alongside literary theory and approaches from memory studies, to provide fresh insights into the text. It shows the Historia to be one of the most influential and important historical narratives of the Middle Ages, perhaps even the earliest surviving example of an illustrated chronicle from the entire Latin West.

Benjamin Pohl teaches in the Department of History, University of Bristol.

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Table of Contents

The Manuscripts


This is a useful book, supported by wide reading, careful scholarship, and detailed paleographical research, and it should be read by anyone interested in Dudo and his history, or in the study of Norman historiography and memory more generally. SPECULUM

Author Bio

Faculty of History, University of Cambridge, DAAD Postdoctoral Research Fellow

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