Book Launch : Kathleen B. Neal's The Letters of Edward I

04/29/2021 06:00 pm 04/29/2021 07:30 pm Australia/Melbourne Book Launch : Kathleen B. Neal's The Letters of Edward I

Guest Speakers :  Professor Louise Wilkinson and Professor Chris Jones


The event marks the publication of Dr Kathleen B. Neal's monograph, The Letters of Edward I - Political Communication in the Thirteenth Century.

As formulaic in appearance as they are abundant in the archives, it is easy to underestimate the power of the letters generated by medieval governments, but these acts of communication were more than mere containers of information. Operating at the intersection of the spoken and the written, the performed and the observed, they produced a discourse that maximized royal authority and promoted solidarity between sender and recipient. This book situates letters within medieval theories of composition and habits of reception, to argue that even mundane letters of governance were rhetorical texts. It focuses on the example of Edward I of England, whose rhetorical prowess was noted, often critically, by contemporaries. It shows how the king’s correspondence varied in tone, vocabulary and structure across his reign and between recipients, revealing an unexpected dynamism of political discourse.

Event registration CLICK HERE

Contact Person:  Professor Guy Geltner: guy.geltner@monash.edu

For book sales and further information CLICK HERE

Event Details

Date:
29 April 2021 at 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Venue:
Online via Zoom
Categories:
School of Philosophical Historical and International Studies; History Research Seminars; Medieval Renaissance Research Seminars

Description

Guest Speakers :  Professor Louise Wilkinson and Professor Chris Jones


The event marks the publication of Dr Kathleen B. Neal's monograph, The Letters of Edward I - Political Communication in the Thirteenth Century.

As formulaic in appearance as they are abundant in the archives, it is easy to underestimate the power of the letters generated by medieval governments, but these acts of communication were more than mere containers of information. Operating at the intersection of the spoken and the written, the performed and the observed, they produced a discourse that maximized royal authority and promoted solidarity between sender and recipient. This book situates letters within medieval theories of composition and habits of reception, to argue that even mundane letters of governance were rhetorical texts. It focuses on the example of Edward I of England, whose rhetorical prowess was noted, often critically, by contemporaries. It shows how the king’s correspondence varied in tone, vocabulary and structure across his reign and between recipients, revealing an unexpected dynamism of political discourse.

Event registration CLICK HERE

Contact Person:  Professor Guy Geltner: guy.geltner@monash.edu

For book sales and further information CLICK HERE