Galbert of Bruges and the Historiography of Medieval Flanders

Galbert of Bruges and the Historiography of Medieval Flanders

By: John Jeffrey Rider (editor), Dr. Alan V. Murray (editor)Paperback

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Galbert of Bruges' ""The Murder, Betrayal and Assassination of the Glorious Charles, Count of Flanders"" is one of the most widely read books of the Middle Ages. It recounts the assassination of Charles, Count of Flanders, and the events leading up to and following the murder. Galbert was a resident of Bruges and had served in the count's administration for at least thirteen years by the time of the assassination in 1127. He was well-acquainted with Charles and many of the other actors in this drama, an eyewitness to many of the events he relates, and exceptionally well positioned to gather information about others. Galbert's chronicle takes the form of a journal, the only one that exists from northwestern Europe in the twelfth century. Edited by two of the world's most prominent specialists on Galbert today, Jeff Rider and Alan V. Murray, this book brings together essays by established scholars who have been largely responsible for the radical changes in the understanding of Galbert and his work that have occurred over the last thirty years and essays by younger scholars. The essays are written by British, Belgian, Dutch, German, Canadian, and American scholars of literature and history, and are divided into four sections - Galbert of Bruges at Work, Galbert of Bruges and the Development of Institutions, Galbert of Bruges and the Politics of Gender, and The Meanings of History. The book includes an extensive bibliography of editions, translations, and studies of Galbert's chronicle, and of works devoted to the reign of Charles the Good and the Flemish Crisis of 1127-28, to the government and institutions of Flanders in the age of Galbert, and to the topography and history of medieval Bruges.

About Author

JEFF RIDER is professor of Romance languages and literatures and medieval studies at Wesleyan University. He is the author or translator of numerous works, including the 1994 edition of Galbert of Bruges's chronicle and the more recently published God's Scribe: The Historiographical Art of Galbert of Bruges. ALAN V. MURRAY is lecturer in medieval studies at the University of Leeds, editor of International Medieval Bibliography, and author of numerous studies on the history of Germany and the Low Countries, the crusades and the Latin states of Outremer, medieval chronicles, and Middle High German literature.

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9780813217192
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 312
  • ID: 9780813217192
  • ISBN10: 0813217199

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