By C. P. Lewis
The modern historians of Anglo-Norman England shape a selected concentration of this factor. There are contributions on Henry of Huntingdon's illustration of civil warfare; at the political purpose of the poems within the nameless lifetime of Edward the Confessor; on William of Malmesbury's depiction of Henry I; and at the impact upon historians of the overdue old historical past attributed to Hegesippus. A paper on Gerald of Wales and Merlin brings priceless literary insights to undergo. different items take on spiritual background (northern monasteries throughout the Anarchy, the abbey of Tiron) and politics (family heritage around the Conquest, the Norman brothers Urse de Abetot and Robert Dispenser, the friendship community of King Stephen's family). the quantity starts off with Judith Green's Allen Brown Memorial Lecture, which gives a wide-ranging account of kingship, lordsihp and neighborhood in eleventh-century England. participants: Judith eco-friendly, Janet Burton, Catherine A. M. Clarke, Sebastien Danielo, Emma Mason, advert Putter, Kathleen Thompson, Jean A. Truax, Elizabeth M. Tyler, Bj?¶rn Weiler, Neil Wright
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Extra resources for Anglo-Norman Studies 31: Proceedings of the Battle Conference 2008
Hugh was writing well after the event. A monk of Kirkstall, itself a daughter house of Fountains, he was writing at the express invitation of the then abbot of Fountains, and might well, therefore, be suspected of exaggerating the extent of the damage. However, other evidence suggests independent corroboration for Hugh’s account and that of John of Hexham, and more generally for the involvement of Fountains in the disorders of the period. The first corroboration of attacks on Fountains comes from narrative sources, the Narratio de Fundatione of Fountains abbey, and the chronicle of Meaux abbey.
Whilst the film does include direct representations of violence and atrocity, del Toro’s use of metaphor and the alienating, unsettling power of the fantastic offers a far more powerful and affecting evocation of the trauma of civil conflict. Writing civil war is a challenging and difficult project. Civil war is a traumatic experience for both individuals and communities, which resists simple narrative and exceeds the conventions of direct historiographical representation. Whilst direct accounts of the chaos and horror of civil war can be reductive and simplifying, the trauma of civil conflict is often displaced to emerge through metaphor and symbolism.
However the seizure of the abbey grain is not likely to have been politically motivated, but more likely to represent the requisitioning of monastic property and goods in a time of warfare. Ripon was a manor of the archbishop of York, a place where Henry Murdac spent much of his time after his election in 1147 and before his reconciliation with the king and with the citizens of York in 1151, and what would be more likely than that he should set aside grain for his monks in these difficult times?