Tuesday, 18 February 2014

Teaser Tuesday: 'Encomium Emmae Reginae'

One of my modules this term is all about 'writing women' in all its different meanings. So not just women who write themselves, but also about how authors wrote about women, and all of this set in medieval times. The texts we're looking at are all roughly set between 700 and 1200. Encomium Emmae Reginae was probably written around 1042 by a monk and commissioned by Queen Emma herself, who was desperately trying to reassert her own position as Queen and her sons rights as heir. Her history is a really fascinating one. She was married to an Anglo-Saxon king first, then married the Viking king that defeated him, King Knutr. She was the wife to two kings and the mother of two as well, Horthaknut and Edward the Confessor.

The Encomium is about Emma, although it manages to talk about a lot of different people without mentioning her for pages. I think a reason for this way of writing was that it asserted Emma's position as central, without forcing it into the reader's face. She seems to be, quite naturally, present at everything important that happens. 
Now, onto the actual meme. Teaser Tuesday is hosted by MizB over at Should Be Reading. The rules are easy:
  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two "teaser" sentences from somewhere on that page
  • Be careful not to include SPOILERS
  • Share the title & author, so other TT participants can add the book to their TBR lists if they want.
So, here we go:

'The dead prince, however, was buried in a royal tomb, and was wept long and sorely by the native people; to him may God grant every joy in the heavenly kingdom.' p. 31

Not quite which prince just died, because that happened a lot in those days, but I love the way the national sorrow is expressed. 

So, what are you teasing this week?

15 comments:

  1. Hmmm...not sure if this one is for me. But I hope you enjoy it!
    Here's my tease...
    http://mytime2read.blogspot.com/2014/02/tuesday-memes-february-18.html

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  2. That sounds like quite heavy reading? A great choice of teaser to illustrate how everyone mourned the loss of a Prince

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  3. As a reference/study book, this looks interesting. Thanks for stopping by.

    Kay xx
    Love Bites and Silk

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  4. As Cleo mentioned, my first thought was HEAVY!! Thanks for sharing and coming by mine today too!
    Invisible City Teaser

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  5. A teaser from a book that was written around 1042. That is pretty cool! :)

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  6. I hope you are enjoying the book. The language is nice. My teasers this week are from Shame on You by Tara Sivec and Burn Bright by Bethany Frenette. Happy reading!

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  7. This is quite an interesting teaser. I loved the wording. You can check out my TT here: http://meandu-justthinking.blogspot.ca/2014/02/teaser-tuesdays-21814.html

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  8. Great teaser! I hope you enjoy your read. Thank you for stopping by.

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  9. Sounds heavy!
    My Teaser is from SINFUL FOLK. It's a mystery set in the Middle Ages.

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  10. Great tease but Im not sire if its something Id enjoy. Saying that it does sound good so I hope you enjoy. Thanks for stopping by my TT :)

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  11. What a refreshing teaser! Sounds like a fascinating module with texts pretty interesting to analyze.
    Thanks for sharing and for stopping by my blog :)

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  12. Ooh intriguing teaser! That's a new to me one! Hope you enjoy the rest!

    Here's my Tuesday post

    Have a GREAT day!

    Old Follower :)

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  13. I hope you are enjoying the book :) Thanks for stopping by my blog today :)

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  14. Oooh.... sounds like an interesting book! Enjoy!!

    Thanx for visiting My Weekly Wrap-Up!
    Naomi @ Nomi’s Paranormal Palace

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