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Talking about history in eleventh-century England: the Encomium Emmae Reginae  and the court of Harthacnut

Elizabeth Tyler

Early Medieval Europe 13 (4), 2005

The Encomium Emmae Reginae was written in the early 1040s to support the interests of Queen Emma amidst the factionalism which marked the end of the period of Danish rule in England. This article argues that the Encomium was shaped by its production and reception in the distinc- tively multilingual environment of King Harthacnut’s court. Attention to Emma’s key role in negotiating the interaction of the English, Norse,French, Flemish and Latin literary and linguistic cultures which were  present in the Anglo-Danish court reveals growing lay claims to Latin literary culture in eleventh-century England.

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