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Living through Conquest is the first ever investigation of the political clout of English from the reign of Cnut to the earliest decades of the thirteenth century. It focuses on why and how the English language was used by kings and their courts and by leading churchmen and monastic institutions at key moments from 1020 to 1220.
Elaine Treharne is Professor of Early English at Florida State University and Visiting Professor of Medieval Literature at the University of Leicester. She is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries and of the Royal Historical Society, and a Trustee of the English Association. She is series editor of the English Association's Essays and Studies, and series editor, with Greg Walker, of Oxford Textual Perspectives. She is Medieval Editor for Review of English Studies, Literature Compass, and the Year's Work in English Studies. She is currently working on a detailed study of the fleshy materiality of the medieval book from 500 to 1500AD (The Sensual Book), and the emphasis on the medieval in the work of William Morris, Eric Gill, Edward Johnston and David Jones (From Arts and Crafts to Modernism: Beauty and the Book, 1891-1940).