Women, the Poor, Heretics, and Jews
This chapter examines how the historians of Angevin England represented those outside the secular and ecclesiastical elite that dominated their pages. First, representations of Eleanor of Aquitaine are discussed as a way of analysing how these writers wrote about women more generally. The next group to be discussed is the urban poor, as seen in accounts of the revolt of William Longbeard in London in 1196. Thirdly, discussions of heresy are examined for what they show us of continental influence on English writers. Finally, more attention is paid to accounts of the attacks on England’s Jews in 1189 and 1190, with a special focus on William of Newburgh’s interpretation of the events.
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