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La construction d’un ennemi héréditaire

L’Anglo-saxon dans les chroniques bretonnes de la fin du Moyen Âge
Laurence Moal
p. 35-56

Abstracts

In the Breton chronicles of the late Middle-Ages, the Anglo-Saxons are negatively depicted as the archetype of a hereditary enemy. Taking up Geoffrey of Monmouth’s story, the authors hold them responsible for the loss of the British island and paint a discriminatory and almost caricatured picture of them. The Saxons are so much seen as aliens, a term synonymous with difference and danger, that even the word “Saxon” becomes an insult in itself. More than just a xenophobic reaction, that litterary construction contributes towards the national assertion by justifying their settlement in Armorica and by extolling the Bretons as a truly martyred nation struggling against the invaders.

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Index terms

Chronologie :

Moyen Âge
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References

Bibliographical reference

Laurence Moal, « La construction d’un ennemi héréditaire », Annales de Bretagne et des Pays de l’Ouest, 108-3 | 2001, 35-56.

Electronic reference

Laurence Moal, « La construction d’un ennemi héréditaire », Annales de Bretagne et des Pays de l’Ouest [Online], 108-3 | 2001, Online since 20 September 2003, connection on 22 August 2018. URL : http://journals.openedition.org/abpo/1694 ; DOI : 10.4000/abpo.1694

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Laurence Moal

Doctorante, CRBC-Université de Bretagne Occidentale

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