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Joseph of Exeter: Trojan War: Books I-III


Joseph wrote his epic around the year 1180, and revised it at the court of Henry II of England where he had obtained some sort of post through the influence of his uncle, Baldwin, Archbishop of Canterbury. The work is one of a series of texts in Latin and Anglo-Norman, apparently commissioned by the King, helping to trace back the Plantagenet line to the Trojans. It is a pendant to the Anglo-Norman Roman de Troie written by Benoit de Sainte-More in the 1160s. Joseph rejected the Vergilian 'mendacious poetic' account of the war in favour of the 'historical' narrative of Dares Phrygius, an 'eye- ... More

Keywords: Joseph, Plantagenet line, Trojans, Trojan war, Latin, Anglo-Norman, Roman de Troie, Dares Phrygius

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Print publication date: 1986 Print ISBN-13: 9780856682940
Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: February 2021 DOI:10.3828/liverpool/9780856682940.001.0001
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