Royal Rage and the Construction of Anglo-Norman Authority, c. 1000-1250

  • Kate McGrath

Part of the Palgrave Studies in the History of Emotions book series (Palgrave Studies in the History of Emotions)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
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  8. Back Matter
    Pages 217-220

About this book


This book explores how eleventh- and twelfth-century Anglo-Norman ecclesiastical authors attributed anger to kings in the exercise of their duties, and how such attributions related to larger expansions of royal authority. It argues that ecclesiastical writers used their works to legitimize certain displays of royal anger, often resulting in violence, while at the same time deploying a shared emotional language that also allowed them to condemn other types of displays. These texts are particularly concerned about displays of anger in regard to suppressing revolt, ensuring justice, protecting honor, and respecting the status of kingship. In all of these areas, the role of ecclesiastical and lay counsel forms an important limit on the growth and expansion of royal prerogatives.


Eleventh century, twelfth century Ecclesiastical historians Kingship Power Anger Emotion Ruling Rhetorical strategies Authority, leadership Aristocracy Divine rule Violence

Authors and affiliations

  • Kate McGrath
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  1. 1.Department of HistoryCentral Connecticut State UniversityNew Britain, CTUSA

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG, part of Springer Nature 2019
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
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  • Print ISBN 978-3-030-11222-6
  • Online ISBN 978-3-030-11223-3
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