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Encomium Emmae Reginae (Camden Classic Reprints) Paperback – 12 Jan 2008

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  • Paperback: 268 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press; Revised ed. edition (12 Jan. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521626552
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521626552
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.5 x 22.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 925,080 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"This reprint of the Encomium Emmae Reginae is most welcome. not only does it make an important eleventh-century source of English and women's history more readily available, but Simon Keynes' supplementary introduction provides a helpful and thorough discussion of the historical issues raised in this work." The Medieval Review

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Along with a new introduction, the Encomium Emmae Reginae is reprinted and translated here in full thus providing students and historians of Anglo-Saxon England with greater access to a primary source of utmost importance for our understanding of the Danish conquest of England in the early eleventh century.

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What a wonderful book! If you want to read the account (extremely biased and personal, but that doesn't matter a bit!) of Emma - one time wife of Ethelred the Unready and Cnut as well as being the mother of two kings - Harthacnut and Edward the Confessor- then this book is a must. It is a rare contemporary account of the leading events in the Kingdom around the time of the Death of Cnut through to the reign of Harthacnut and is an outspoken attack on Harold 1st (Harold Harefoot). It's quite a rare book to find and I got a copy through inter library loan, but have since bought it. It provides the narrative voice of a woman at the hub of political events at the time and gives real feeling and emotion about the characters she describes. The book is well translated, giving a clear account and the introduction makes all the differing aspects come together. If you read this then I strongly suggest you put it alongside three other books that would provide the full picture, in differing shades, of the events of the period. These are: Harthacnut: The Last Danish King of Englandand Harold Harefoot andEdward the Confessor (Yale English Monarchs Series). This little known period of our history with names and faces that are rarely taught in the classroom, can come alive through reading these texts. And this book is at the heart of understanding all three!
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... you're not going to be buying this for a casual read, are you? This is a book for a very specific audience, and it is actually very helpful and nicely laid out.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great read! 25 Jan. 2005
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If you are interested in the life of Emma of Normandy, wife of King Canute, then this book will captivate you. It is a fascinating, contemporary look at the legendary events of 11th century England.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific book! 23 Oct. 2002
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This is a detailed, fact-filled book on Queen Emma of the 11th century. It is a fascinating portrait of a queen who lived through a lot of tragedies. Not for the light reader, though.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Contemporary Account of Events 8 Feb. 2011
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The "Encomium Emmae Reginae" is a political tract in praise of Queen Emma, wife of King Ethelred the Unready and later the wife of Viking conqueror King Cnut. It is a contemporary source that gives an unparalleled account of pre-Conquest England.
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