Romancing the Past (Paperback)

The Rise of Vernacular Prose Historiography in Thirteenth-Century France (The New Historicism: Studies in Cultural Poetics #23)

By Gabrielle M. Spiegel

University of California Press, 9780520089358, 440pp.

Publication Date: February 10, 1995

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In a poststructuralist study of thirteenth-century French historical texts, Gabrielle Spiegel investigates the reasons for the rise of French vernacular prose historiography at this particular time. She argues that the vernacular prose histories that have until now been regarded as royalist were actually products of the aristocracy, reflecting its anxiety as it faced social and economic change and political threats from the monarchy.

About the Author

Gabrielle M. Spiegel is Professor of History at The Johns Hopkins University. She is the author of The Chronicle Tradition of Saint-Denis (1978).