The Gothic Turn and Twelfth‐Century English Chronicles

Thomas A. Bredehoft

in The Oxford Handbook of Medieval Literature in English

Published in print April 2010 | ISBN: 9780199229123
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks of Literature

The Gothic Turn and Twelfth‐Century English Chronicles

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This article examines gothic literature writing in England during the twelfth century. It discusses the gothicism of the chronicle form and gothic reproduction of the history of Britain. It suggests that an understanding of gothic concerns allows us to see more clearly the divergent trajectories of historical writing by authors such as William of Malmesbury and John of Worcester on the one hand, and works like Geoffrey of Monmouth's Historia and Layamon's Brut on the other hand.

Keywords: gothic literature; England; gothicism; British history; historical writing; William of Malmesbury; John of Worcester; Geoffrey of Monmouth; Historia; Layamon's Brut

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Subjects: Literature ; Literary Studies (Early and Medieval)

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