Living Through Conquest

The Politics of Early English, 1020-1220

by Elaine Treharne

Series: Oxford Textual Perspectives

Oxford Textual Perspectives is a new series of informative and provocative studies focused upon literary texts (conceived of in the broadest sense of that term) and the technologies, cultures and communities that produce, inform, and receive them. It provides fresh interpretations of fundamental works and of the vital and challenging issues emerging in English literary studies. By engaging with the materiality of the literary text, its production, and receptionhistory, and frequently testing and exploring the boundaries of the notion of text itself, the volumes in the series question familiar frameworks and provide innovative interpretations of both canonical and less well-known works.Living through Conquest is the first ever investigation of the political clout of English from the reign of Cnut to the earliest decades of the thirteenth century. It focuses on why and how the English language was used by kings and their courts and by leading churchmen and monastic institutions at key moments

  • OUP Oxford; July 2012
  • ISBN: 9780191640209
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  • Title: Living Through Conquest
  • Series: Oxford Textual Perspectives
  • Author: Elaine Treharne
  • Imprint: OUP Oxford

In The Press

a groundbreaking study of the continuing influence of English in late Old English and early Anglo-Norman ... this is certainly a book that should be read by everyone teaching the history of English or studying it at an advanced level.


About The Author

Elaine Treharne is Professor of Early English at Florida State University and Visiting Professor of Medieval Literature at the University of Leicester. She is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries and of the Royal Historical Society, and a Trustee of the English Association. She is series editor of the English Association's Essays and Studies, and series editor, with Greg Walker, of Oxford Textual Perspectives. She is Medieval Editor for Review of EnglishStudies, Literature Compass, and the Year's Work in English Studies. She is currently working on a detailed study of the fleshy materiality of the medieval book from 500 to 1500AD (The Sensual Book), and the emphasis on the medieval in the work of William Morris, Eric Gill, Edward Johnston and David Jones(From Arts and Crafts to Modernism: Beauty and the Book, 1891-1940).