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Puissance narrative et science historique. La représentation des Normands dans L’Histoire de la conquête de l’Angleterre par les Normands d’Augustin Thierry (1825-1846)

Abstract : In 1825, Augustin Thierry published a History of the Conquest of England by the Normans. Seven editions followed in the author’s lifetime until 1846, with additions or changes of mind. The first French medievalist saw 11th century England as a historical laboratory of ‘races’ affronting one another. Anglo-Saxon barbarians are set against the civilizing, assertive, conquering and domineering Normans. The historian presents the reader with the point of ‘Vision of the Vanquished’. In order to unravel the narrative web, we must pull on five threads at the same time. The first thread is made up of the 17th and 18th century English and French historiography. The second is made up of the memories of the two English Revolutions and of the French revolution, with their themes of a sovereign people, of a nation, of the rejection of a Norman regal power dominating the masses, established with the complicity of an arrogant and dishonest higher Clergy. The third thread deals with the progress of liberty and of the middle-classes. The fourth one weaves an aesthetic experience borrowed from Walter Scott’s 1819 Ivanhoe. The last thread is about the use of servile sources being woven into the narrative scheme. The last thread is that of the use of sources turned by hand in the sense of the narrative scheme.
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Damien Jeanne. Puissance narrative et science historique. La représentation des Normands dans L’Histoire de la conquête de l’Angleterre par les Normands d’Augustin Thierry (1825-1846). Bauduin Pierre; D'Angelo, Edoardo. Les historiographies des mondes normands, XVIIe-XXIe siècle : construction, influence, évolution, Centro Europeo di Studi Normanni, A paraître. ⟨halshs-02139430⟩

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