Trickster, Convert, Martyr, Saint: Four Ways of Dying in Dudo of St. Quentin’s History of the Normans
Thompson (Whitworth), Victoria
Paper given at the International Congress on Medieval Studies
The subject of this paper, Dudo of St Quentin, wrote his History of the Normans — the earliest narrative source for Norman history — at some point between 996 and about 1020. It is a long work — nearly 200 pages in Lair’s edition of 1865-72 — and divides into four books, each longer than its predecessor, each with a different protagonist. The main narrative is told in prose, interspersed with numerous poems, and it covers the years between the later ninth century and the death of Duke Richard I in 996.