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Dumbarton Oaks Medieval Library #30: Saints' Lives, Volume I: Henry of Avranches

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The artistry, wit, and erudition of medieval Latin narrative poetry continued to thrive well into the middle of the thirteenth century. No better evidence of this survives than in the long and brilliantly successful career of Henry of Avranches (d. 1262). Professional versifier to abbots, bishops, kings, and at least one pope, Henry displays a pyrotechnical verbal skill and playfulness that rivals that of the Carmina Burana and similar collections of rhymed secular verse. Yet he also stands as self-conscious heir to the great classicizing tradition of the twelfth-century epic poets, above all of Walter of Châtillon. Henry entwines these two strands of his literary inheritance in what might surprise modern readers as an improbable genre. The bulk of Henry's known output is a series of versified saints' lives, including those of Francis of Assisi, King Edmund, and Thomas Becket, nearly all of which are based on identified prose models. These two volumes present most of his work in the genre, as witnessed in the English manuscript that remains the linchpin of our knowledge of this remarkable poet's career.

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Henry of Avranches, professional versifier to abbots, bishops, kings, and a pope, displays pyrotechnical verbal skill and playfulness that rivals the Carmina Burana and collections of rhymed secular verse. Yet The Saints' Lives also stands as self-conscious heir to the great classicizing tradition of twelfth-century epic poets.

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David Townsend is Professor of Medieval Studies and English at the University of Toronto.

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ISBN:
9780674051287
Author:
Henry Of Avranches
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Author:
Townsend, David
Author:
Henry of Avranches,
Author:
Henry of Avranches
Author:
Henry
Location:
Cambridge
Subject:
History - Medieval
Subject:
Religious & Spiritual Leaders
Subject:
Medieval History
Series:
Dumbarton Oaks Medieval Library
Series Volume:
Volume I
Publication Date:
20140428
Binding:
Hardback
Language:
Latin
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
8 x 5 in

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