Readership: Scholars and students of medieval history, especially historians of the Norman Conquest.
Edited with a facing-page English translation from the Latin text by Frank Barlow, Emeritus Professor of History, University of Exter
"Barlow's treatment of the various versions of Harold's death is important and the discussion of the career of Bishop Guy adds an additional dimension to existing knowledge. Overall, Barlow's commentary undoubtedly requires that we rethink the way in which we approach the sources for the Battle of Hastings and therefore how we reconstruct the account of the battle itself." - David Bates, EHR
"This is a contribution of fundamental importance to the study of the Norman Conquest." - David Bates, EHR
"This is an impeccable new edition of the Carmen and a convincing attempt to lay to rest controversies about the poem's date and value which have bedivilled the study of the Battle of Hastings and the Norman Conquest of England for more than twenty years. Barlow's survey of the modern literature is comprehensive and his assessment of others' arguments meticulous." - David Bates, EHR
"As a state-of-the-art look at the historiography of Hastings, this little book is hard to surpass." - John Howe, H-Catholic.
"Bishop Guy s perspective is interesting ... Yet many readers of this Oxford Medieval Text may be less interested in the _ Carmen _ itself than in Barlow s introduction. It would be hard to find a more informed scholar than Barlow ... His introduction ... carefully contextualizes the poem by comparing it to all the major alternative sources. The three-page list of abbreviated references could itself serve as a point of departure for any student interested in beginning research on some aspect of the Battle of Hastings." - John Howe, H-Catholic.