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By Frank Barlow

The Carmen de Hastingae Proelio is without doubt one of the so much mentioned assets for the Norman Conquest of britain. For this moment variation, Frank Barlow has written a wholly new and enormous old advent, incorporating the scholarly examine of a iteration. He has additionally supplied a clean translation and notes, in addition to revising the Latin textual content of the 1972 version by way of Catherine Morton and wish Muntz.

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One member of Godwin's family, however, Harold's younger brother and seemingly longstanding rival, Tostig, earl of Northumbria 1053±65, could have been regarded more favourably by Guy. 166 Hariulf, pp. 372±8; Barlow, Edward the Confessor, p. 190. , The Life of King Edward, pp. 36±8, 40, cf. 26n. , p. 82. 168 Eustace, when on a visit to King Edward's court in 1051, clashed with the family at Dover, an event which led to the outlawry of Godwin and his family and their exile in Flanders: Barlow, Edward the Confessor, pp.

And echoes of all these writers have been noticed in the epic. Yet, although an outstandingly competent versi®er, the bishop can hardly be regarded as a great poet. And his work owes its survival, apart from chance, probably to its theme rather than its style. The lack, however, of a single, popular hero deprived his epic of a wide circulation and so of in¯uence. Until 1826 it descended, badly deformed, only through William of Poitiers. Guy was never a cloistered man of letters. 1045, one of the two archdeacons (probably the one for Ponthieu) of the cathedral church of Amiens,140 some 45 km.

Vimeu (p. 294); Vimina (p. 370), and Amiens (pp. 1254±72); map in Robert Fossier, Histoire de la Picardie (Toulouse, 1974), p. 157. According to M. , pp. 4±5 n. 4, without a reference, Vimeu in 1066 was ruled by Bernard II, lord of Saint-Valery and related to both the Norman and Ponthieu dynasties. See also next note. Bachrach, `Some observations', p. 16, n. 31, comments inconclusively on this. , but there seems to be no evidence for the 11th: cf. Takeley (Essex) deeds in H. E. v. Sancto Walerico.

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