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Laughter and Power in the Twelfth Century

Peter J. A. Jones


Towards the end of the twelfth century, powerful images of laughing kings and saints began to appear in texts circulating at the English royal court. At the same time, contemporaries began celebrating the wit, humour, and laughter of King Henry II (r.1154-89) and his martyred Archbishop of Canterbury, Saint Thomas Becket (d.1170). Taking a broad genealogical approach, Laughter and Power in the Twelfth Century traces the emergence of this powerful laughter through an immersive study of medieval intellectual, literary, social, religious, and political debates. Focusing on a cultural renaissance ... More

Keywords: Humour, Laughter, Henry II, Thomas Becket, Twelfth-Century Renaissance, Kingship, Sainthood, History of Emotions

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780198843542
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198843542.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Peter J. A. Jones, author
Lecturer in cultural history, University of Tyumen, School of Advanced Studies