The Book of Llandaf: a twelfth-century perspective

Davies, J. (1999) The Book of Llandaf: a twelfth-century perspective. In: Harper-Bill, C. (ed.) Proceedings of the Battle Conference 1998. Series: Anglo-Norman Studies, 21. Boydell Press: Suffolk, UK. ISBN 9780851157450

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Abstract

The Book of Llandaf was written in south-east Wales between 1120 and 1134. It makes claims on the part of the bishops of Llandaf and of their cathedral church, who were suffering persecution from all sides: from lay-magnates, neighbouring bishops, and even clergy and monastic houses within the diocese. The Book of Llandaf, as a response to this situation, has left us with a comprehensive dossier of texts which contains evidence for every aspect of the counter-attack needed against Llandaf's enemies. It is the literary embodiment of Bishop Urban's audacious and opportunistic campaign to promote his newly created see of Llandaf as an ancient diocese, and as such it comes down to us as one of the most impressive but untrustworthy records of the Insular middle ages.

Item Type:Book Sections
Status:Published
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Davies, Dr John
Authors: Davies, J.
Subjects:B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BR Christianity
D History General and Old World > D History (General) > D111 Medieval History
D History General and Old World > DA Great Britain
College/School:College of Arts > School of Humanities > History
Publisher:Boydell Press
ISBN:9780851157450

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