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Migrants in Medieval England, c. 500-c. 1500$
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W. Mark Ormrod, Joanna Story, and Elizabeth M. Tyler

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780197266724

Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: January 2021

DOI: 10.5871/bacad/9780197266724.001.0001

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Moving People, Moving Forms: Narrating Migration in the Anglo-Saxon Chronicles

Moving People, Moving Forms: Narrating Migration in the Anglo-Saxon Chronicles

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(p.144) 6 Moving People, Moving Forms: Narrating Migration in the Anglo-Saxon Chronicles
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Migrants in Medieval England, c. 500-c. 1500
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Elizabeth M. Tyler

George Younge

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British Academy
DOI:10.5871/bacad/9780197266724.003.0006

This chapter considers how the Anglo-Saxon chronicles (ninth to twelfth century) depict three waves of migration: the coming of the Angles, Saxons, and Jutes, the Viking invasions, and the Norman Conquest. By focusing on the form and language of the texts, the chapter shows that the chronicles were not only preoccupied by migration as one of its central themes but were themselves deeply shaped by the literary cultures brought to England by immigrants, whether they came as conquerors or as learned clerical advisors. The result is a set of texts whose account of the origins of the English reveals the wide European horizons of their literary culture.

Keywords:   Anglo-Saxon Chronicle, Old English, Old French, Latin, Medieval literature, History-writing, Form

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