Rollo 2013 Violation

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Author: David Rollo

Title: Political Violence and Sexual Violation in the Work of Benoît de Sainte-Maure

Subtitle: -

In: Violence and the Writing of History in the Medieval Francophone World

Edited by: Noah D. Guynn and Zrinka Stahuljak

Place: Cambridge

Publisher: D.S. Brewer

Year: 2013

Pages: 117-132

Series: Gallica 29

ISBN-13: 9781843843375 – Find a Library: Wikipedia, WorldCat

Language: English

Keywords: 12th Century | French History | Representations: Historical Works



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Author: David Rollo, Department of English, University of Southern California

Abstract: »Reading Benoît de Sainte-Maure's Chronique des ducs de Normandie alongside the poet's earlier Roman de Troie, David Rollo argues that the chronicle does not glorify William the Conqueror and the Plantagenet line, as has often been supposed. Instead, it subtly erodes Plantagenet claims ans suspicious of illegitimacy. In Troie, Polyxena's violent death at the hands of Neoptolemus maintains the purity of Priam's line and prevents rape and bastardy; however, it also puts an end to Priam's line and casts doubt upon the Normas' claims to Trojan ancestry. Likewise, in the Chronique, Benoît offers an alternative account of William's conception, insinuating that William's mother Arlette may already have been pregnant with him when she was seduced by Duke Robert. Far from being a propagandist for the Angevin Empire, then, Benoît uses the physical violation of Polyxena's and Arlette's bodies as opportunities to insert alternative, censored narratives into an official history.« [Source: Noah D. Guynn and Zrinka Stahuljak. »Introduction. Historicity, Violence, and the Medieval Francophone World: Mémoire HystériséeViolence and the Writing of History in the Medieval Francophone World. Edited by Noah D. Guynn et al. Cambridge 2013: 10]

Wikipedia: Benoît de Sainte-Maure


Added: November 2, 2013 | Last updated: November 2, 2013