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The Deeds of Philip Augustus: An English Translation of Rigord’s "Gesta Philippi Augusti"

Cecilia Gaposchkin, Sean L. Field

M. Cecilia Gaposchkin and Sean L. Field (éd.), The Deeds of Philip Augustus: An English Translation of Rigord’s "Gesta Philippi Augusti", translated by Larry F. Field, Cornell University Press, 2022. ISBN13: 9781501763151 $22.95 (ebook, $14.99).

The first full English translation of Rigord’s Gesta Philippi Augusti, The Deeds of Philip Augustus makes available to Anglophone readers the most important narrative account of the reign of King Philip II of France (r. 1180–1223), a critical source about this pivotal figure in the development of the medieval French monarchy and an intriguing window into many aspects of the broader twelfth century.

Rigord wrote his chronicle in Latin, covering the first two-thirds of Philip II’s reign, including such events as Philip’s fateful expulsion of the Jews in 1182, his departure on the Third Crusade in 1190, his governmental innovations, and his victory over King John of England. As Philip II transformed French royal power, Rigord transformed contemporary writing about the nature of that power. Presented in a lively and readable translation framed by an introduction that contextualizes the text and accompanied by annotations, maps, and illustrations, The Deeds of Philip Augustus makes one of the most important documents of twelfth-century France available to a wide new readership.