Edward the Confessor

Edward the Confessor

The Man and the Legend

Edited by Richard Mortimer

Hardback
$90.00

Boydell Press

Overview

Overview

The life and cult of Edward the Confessor are here fully reappraised.
The millennium of Edward the Confessor's birth presents an appropriate occasion for a full-scale, up-to-date reassessment of his life, reign and cult, a reappraisal which is provided in the essays here. After an introduction to the many views of Edward's life, and a reinterpretation of the development of his cult, the volume considers his childhood in England and its influence upon his later life; the time he spent in Normandy and the relationships that developed there; and his later life, including an examination of the role played by Edith, his queen. There is also a particular focus upon Westminster Abbey, and the major new discoveries which have recently been made there. Incorporating both broad surveys and the fruits of detailed new work, this book is essential reading for all those interested in late Saxon and Norman England.

CONTRIBUTORS: RICHARD MORTIMER, SIMON KEYNES, ELISABETH VAN HOUTS, STEPHEN BAXTER, PAULINE STAFFORD, ERIC FERNIE, WARWICK RODWELL, RICHARD GEM, EDINA BOZOKY

Details

March 2009
12 colour, 4 black and white, 9 line illustrations
228 pages
23.4x15.6 cm
ISBN: 9781843834366
Format: Hardback
Library eBook
Boydell Press
BIC HBLC, 1DBKE, 2AB, 3H
BISAC ART015000
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Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction: Edward the Confessor: the Man and the Legend - Richard Mortimer
Edward the Ætheling (c.1005-16) - Simon D Keynes
Edward and Normandy - Elisabeth M C van Houts
Edward the Confessor and the Succession Question - Stephen Baxter
Edith, Edward's Wife and Queen - Pauline Stafford
Edward the Confessor's Westminster Abbey - Eric C Fernie
New Glimpses of Edward the Confessor's Abbey at Westminster - Warwick Rodwell
Craftsmen and Administrators in the Building of the Confessor's Abbey - Richard Gem
The Sanctity and Canonization of Edward the Confessor - Edina Bozoky
Bibliography

Reviews

The volume is well edited and produced (...) and offers interesting new perspectives on the highly problematic sources available for the reign. HISTORY

The editor is to be congratulated on bringing together a group of important papers and its publisher on producing an attractive volume that does not skimp on illustrations. JOURNAL OF BRITISH STUDIES

A distinguished collection of essays. SPECULUM

It is one of the many virtues of this collection that it not only illuminates the life of the penultimate Old English king, but also offers such insights into the wider world of eleventh-century England. ENGLISH HISTORICAL REVIEW

A significant contribution to the topic. BOOK NEWS

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