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Download e-book for kindle: 1066: Year Of Three Battles by Frank McLynn

By Frank McLynn

ISBN-10: 1448114535

ISBN-13: 9781448114535

If ever there has been a 12 months of future for the British Isles, 1066 should have a powerful declare. King Harold confronted invasion not only from William and the Normans around the English Channel yet from the Dane, King Harald Hardrada. ahead of he confronted the Normans at Hastings in October, he had defeated the Danes at York and Stamford Bridge in September.

In this beautifully researched research, Frank McLynn overturns long-accepted myths, displaying how William’s victory on the conflict of Hastings was once now not, actually, a walk in the park, and arguing that Harald Hardrada was once truly the best warrior of the 3. this can be a masterly research, and divulges the reality to be extra attention-grabbing than the myths surrounding this pivotal 12 months in heritage.

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Sed dolor est species, copia pauperies. [Sound of mind, may you not hope to be burned by Cupidinous fires, since it is for me to be mad, for you to love. " Observe, if you please: whomever chaste Minerva favors, good things will not fail him and misfortunes will not destroy him. ]23 Ida is "sana" and knows how to love ("amare") without cupidinous burning, while Fulcoius risks becoming insanus; "femineae flammae" threaten men who must be "forte" to resist erotic desire and its false promises. This implied con- trast between weaker men and wise men of virtue is one that will recur with some regularity in later erotic verse and be metaphorically realized in the figure of Hercules.

Egregium vultum"77 describes the result of a situation in which homoerotic desire and heteroerotic desire coexist and collide. The poem begins with the compressed effictio ("sidereum visum... flammea labrorum... dentes candentes") of a girl who rejects the "puer insignis" who loves her and instead loves the speaker, an older man. " The result of this triangulated attraction and the speaker's personal "vesania" is a strange form of chastity: at one time the speaker would have responded to the girl's love; now his new "vice" (vitium) drives him to reject eros altogether.

In the twelfth century we will find, I think, increasing penetration of the secular court realm by clerics and a continuing interest on the part of educated men, cleric and noble, in Latin literary activity (including erotic lyrics). In northern France, in the years between about o107o and 1120, we observe an early version of the edu- cated, mixed courtly and clerical culture that provides the social matrix for the erotic lyric in the heart of the twelfth century. 22 A COSMOS OF DESIRE FULCOIUS AND GODFREY: TWO POETS IN THE COURT OF REIMS Two of the four northern French classicists under discussion here, Fulcoius of Beauvais and Godfrey of Reims, passed much of their careers in close associa- tion with Manasses I, archbishop of Reims from 1069 until Gregory VII removed him from office in 10o8o0.

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