Anglo-Norman Studies V: Proceedings of the Battle Conference by R. Allen Brown

By R. Allen Brown

Norman Romanesque Sculpture: nearby teams; Roman de Rouand the Norman Conquest; Bayeux Tapestry; army carrier prior to 1066; England and Byzantium; Abbatiale de Bernay; Sompting Church; William's Sheriffs; the home of Redvers and its Foundations; Anglo-Norman Verse; The Umfravilles in Northumberland; Chronicon ex Chronicis; improvement of Stamford; family members among Crown and Episcopacy. M. BAYLE;, M. BENNETT, D. BERNSTEIN, M. CHIBNALL, ok. CIGGAAR, R.R. DARLINGTON, J. DECAENS, R. GEM, J. eco-friendly, S.F. HOCKEY, R.C. JOHNSTON, L. willing, P. McGURK, C. MAHANY, D. ROFFE, D. WALKER. sixty four plates, figs.

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Also, and not contradicting this approach, does it represent a story told according to contemporary literary conventions? I shall look at four examples where Wace atone provides information for events, or introduces additional information, to aonsider whether his treatment of the story relies on an oral source. These are: the battle of Val-2s-Dunes, events at Caen 1100-06, HaroId7s oath, and finally in more detaif, the list of the Norman lords at Hastings. First, ValPs-Dunes, fought in 1047 between the young duke William and rebels chiefly from Bayeux, the Cotentin peninsula and the Cinglais region, between Caen and Falaise.

76 The fact that in the same four lines where Wace mentions the date of starting, he calls himself 'a clerk of Caen',77 need not, as some commentators have suggested, prove that he had not received his prebend. 78 7 3 Battle Gtronicle, Intro. 14, text 180-2. Theabove paragraph owe? much to the interpretation of the editor. It may not be coincidental that Holden considers the 'A' ms. may have been produced in England, Wace, 3, 172. 74 That Edward IV had sin~ilarinterests is shown in B L ms. Harley 326.

Hugh bought his back, but never recovered his previous independence. 48 Roger Bigot, a 'prominent CBtentin baron before the Conquest', the recipient of extensive lands in England in reward for his services, steward to the Conqueror, and sheriff of Norfolk, was Hugh's father (and a far from invisible It is inconceivable that Wace was not aware of his name. Perhaps what the poet is doing is t o further flatter a close neighbour by including his own name, not just his 'ancestor's' on the list. Naturally, as bishop of Bayeux, Odo's deeds are celebrated.

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