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Francophone Literature in Angevin Italy, 1265–1328

Williams, Ella; (2020) Francophone Literature in Angevin Italy, 1265–1328. Doctoral thesis (Ph.D), UCL (University College London). Green open access

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Abstract

This thesis explores the francophone literary culture of the Kingdom of Sicily (the Regno) during the first sixty or so years of Angevin rule, from the arrival of Charles I in Rome in 1265 to the death of his great-grandson, Charles of Calabria, in 1328. Following a review of the historical and cultural context, Chapter One explores patterns of itinerancy of the early Angevin court(s) to determine the extent to which they were geographically and culturally mobile. 1 Chapter Two discusses manuscript evidence of the Faits des Romains (c. 1213/14): it suggests that the text entered Italy via a friendship network involving Charles I and the extended Montfort family (across England, Italy and the Holy Land). The analysis shows how the text was harnessed during the reign of Robert ‘the Wise’ (r. 1309–43) as a form of Angevin intradynastic cultural inheritance for Charles of Calabria’s marriage to Marie of Valois (m. 1323). Chapter Three analyses documentary and manuscript evidence of cultural itinerancy between northern France and the Regno during the 1290s, suggesting that northerners (from France and Flanders) maintained cultural connections to the kingdom long after their political and military ties had expired. Chapter Four considers Charles II’s (nominal) authorship of le Coseill del Roy Karles, a text concerned with the recovery of Jerusalem (following the fall of Acre in 1291), alongside two late thirteenth-century francophone literary texts set in Sicily, namely Enfances Renier (after 1266) and Floriant et Florete (after 1268). Finally, the thesis situates itself within the increasingly international perspective through which medieval literary history is being rewritten, offering comparative insights between the Regno and other regions where francophone literary texts circulated during this period, including England, France, northern Italy and the Crusader States.

Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Qualification: Ph.D
Title: Francophone Literature in Angevin Italy, 1265–1328
Event: UCL (University College London)
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Language: English
Additional information: Copyright © The Author 2020. Original content in this thesis is licensed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) Licence (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/). Any third-party copyright material present remains the property of its respective owner(s) and is licensed under its existing terms. Access may initially be restricted at the author’s request. - Some third party copyright material has been removed from this e-thesis.
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of Arts and Humanities
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of Arts and Humanities > SELCS
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10097478
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