Anglo-Norman Studies 31: Proceedings of the Battle by C. P. Lewis

By C. P. Lewis

The modern historians of Anglo-Norman England shape a selected concentration of this factor. There are contributions on Henry of Huntingdon's illustration of civil battle; at the political motive of the poems within the nameless lifetime of Edward the Confessor; on William of Malmesbury's depiction of Henry I; and at the impression upon historians of the overdue vintage background attributed to Hegesippus. A paper on Gerald of Wales and Merlin brings priceless literary insights to endure. different items take on non secular background (northern monasteries throughout the Anarchy, the abbey of Tiron) and politics (family background around the Conquest, the Norman brothers Urse de Abetot and Robert Dispenser, the friendship community of King Stephen's family). the quantity starts off with Judith Green's Allen Brown Memorial Lecture, which supplies a wide-ranging account of kingship, lordsihp and neighborhood in eleventh-century England. individuals: Judith eco-friendly, Janet Burton, Catherine A. M. Clarke, Sebastien Danielo, Emma Mason, advert Putter, Kathleen Thompson, Jean A. Truax, Elizabeth M. Tyler, Bj?¶rn Weiler, Neil Wright

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The Lacy forces had been defeated at Clitheroe in 1137 by William fitz Duncan prior to his devastation of Cumbria, and the western estates were still vulnerable to attack. We know from other sources that Henry was engaged in warfare with Gilbert de Gant as well as William of Aumale. 45 Moreover, both Lacy and Aumale would have seen the strategic need to control Selby, located as 43 44 45 Ibid. 33–4. Ibid. 36–7. A point also made by Paul Dalton, Conquest, Anarchy and Lordship, 171–2, 188–9, 217–18.

In 1154 Gilbert made a grant to Pontefract in recognition of the damage done to the monastery in the war between him and de Lacy. for the very great injuries that I, by my own exigent fault, brought on the said church and monks during the war between me and Henry de Lacy. 54 It may have been war damage that led to the rebuilding of the east end of the priory 50 Abbot Benedict resigned non ferens molestias a quibusdam suis adversariis sibi illatas. His enemies are not named but the date – 1148 – is significant and Murdac may have been among them.

Selby, the first post-Conquest monastic foundation in the north, began life as a hermitage, then came under royal patronage, and was subsequently granted to the archbishops of York. 35 The author provides some information about the abbots of this important house. 36 The fourth abbot was elected in 1137; after a two-year vacancy, at the request of the 33 34 35 On this see Dalton, Conquest, Anarchy and Lordship, 225–7. Mowbray Charters, nos. 104–8. Printed in The Coucher Book of Selby, ed. J. T. Fowler, 2 vols, Yorkshire Archaeological Society Record Series 10 and 13, 1890–2, I, 1–54 [hereafter cited as Selby Coucher].

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