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Medieval Historical Writing

Medieval Historical Writing
Britain and Ireland, 500–1500

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Jennifer Jahner, Emily Steiner, Elizabeth M. Tyler, Magali Coumert, Thomas O'Donnell, Richard K. Emmerson, Jaclyn Rajsic, Marie Turner, Cynthia Turner Camp, Christine Chism, Sarah Foot, Paul Gazzoli, Kathryn A. Lowe, Owain Wyn Jones, Huw Pryce, Kate Ash-Irisarri, George Shuffelton, Charles F. Briggs, Katherine Simms, Clare A. Lees, Björn Weiler, Matthew Fisher, Andrew Prescott, A. S. G. Edwards, Robert Rouse, Alfred Hiatt, Catherine Sanok, Thomas A. Prendergast, Andrew Galloway, Sarah L. Peverley
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  • Publication planned for: December 2019
  • availability: Not yet published - available from December 2019
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107163362

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  • History writing in the Middle Ages did not belong to any particular genre, language or class of texts. Its remit was wide, embracing the events of antiquity; the deeds of saints, rulers and abbots; archival practices; and contemporary reportage. This volume addresses the challenges presented by medieval historiography by using the diverse methodologies of medieval studies: legal and literary history, art history, religious studies, codicology, the history of the emotions, gender studies and critical race theory. Spanning one thousand years of historiography in England, Wales, Ireland and Scotland, the essays map historical thinking across literary genres and expose the rich veins of national mythmaking tapped into by medieval writers. Additionally, they attend to the ways in which medieval histories crossed linguistic and geographical borders. Together, they trace multiple temporalities and productive anachronisms that fuelled some of the most innovative medieval writing.

    • Explores the ways in which medieval historical writers negotiated and reconstructed their own past
    • Uses diverse methodologies derived from literary criticism, art history, political and legal history, critical race theory and gender studies
    • Includes chapters on Ireland, Scotland and Wales to show how medieval history writing crosses linguistic and geographical borders, and uncovers the dynamics of national myth-making over many centuries
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    • Publication planned for: December 2019
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107163362
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 mm
    • contains: 5 b/w illus. 2 tables
    • availability: Not yet published - available from December 2019
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction Jennifer Jahner, Emily Steiner and Elizabeth M. Tyler
    Part I. Time:
    1. Gildas Magali Coumert
    2. Monastic history and memory Thomas O'Donnell
    3. Apocalypse and/as history Richard K. Emmerson
    4. The Brut: legendary British history Jaclyn Rajsic
    5. Genealogies Marie Turner
    6. Anglo-Saxon futures: writing England's ethical past, before and after 1066 Cynthia Turner Camp
    7. Pagan histories/Pagan fictions Christine Chism
    Part II. Place:
    8. Mental maps: sense of place in medieval British historical writing Sarah Foot
    9. Viking armies and their historical legacy across England's North-South divide, c.790–c.1100 Paul Gazzoli
    10. Cross-channel networks of history writing: the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle Elizabeth M. Tyler
    11. Creating and curating an archive: Bury St Edmunds and its Anglo-Saxon past Kathryn A. Lowe
    12. Historical writing in medieval Wales Owain Wyn Jones and Huw Pryce
    13. Scotland and Anglo-Scottish border writing Kate Ash-Irisarri
    14. London histories George Shuffelton
    15. History at the Universities: Oxford, Cambridge and Paris Charles F. Briggs
    Part III. Practice:
    16. The professional historians of medieval Ireland Katherine Simms
    17. Gender and the subjects of history in the early Middle Ages Clare A. Lees
    18. Historical writing in medieval Britain: the case of Matthew Paris Björn Weiler
    19. Vernacular historiography Matthew Fisher
    20. Tall tales from the archive Andrew Prescott
    21. History in print from Caxton to 1543 A. S. G. Edwards
    Part IV. Genre:
    22. Chronicle and romance Robert Rouse
    23. Forgery as historiography Alfred Hiatt
    24. Hagiography Catherine Sanok
    25. Writing in the tragic mode Thomas A. Prendergast
    26. Crisis and nation in fourteenth-century English chronicles Andrew Galloway
    27. Polemical history and the Wars of the Roses Sarah L. Peverley.

  • Editors

    Jennifer Jahner, California Institute of Technology
    Jennifer Jahner is Assistant Professor of English at the California Institute of Technology.

    Emily Steiner, University of Pennsylvania
    Emily Steiner is Professor of English Literature at the University of Pennsylvania.

    Elizabeth M. Tyler, University of York
    Elizabeth M. Tyler is Professor of Medieval Literature at the University of York.

    Contributors

    Jennifer Jahner, Emily Steiner, Elizabeth M. Tyler, Magali Coumert, Thomas O'Donnell, Richard K. Emmerson, Jaclyn Rajsic, Marie Turner, Cynthia Turner Camp, Christine Chism, Sarah Foot, Paul Gazzoli, Kathryn A. Lowe, Owain Wyn Jones, Huw Pryce, Kate Ash-Irisarri, George Shuffelton, Charles F. Briggs, Katherine Simms, Clare A. Lees, Björn Weiler, Matthew Fisher, Andrew Prescott, A. S. G. Edwards, Robert Rouse, Alfred Hiatt, Catherine Sanok, Thomas A. Prendergast, Andrew Galloway, Sarah L. Peverley

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