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Newsletter 14

4 September, 2014

7th International Conference

The Medieval Chronicle / Die mittelalterliche Chronik

La Chronique au Moyen Age

7 – 10 July 2014

Liverpool, UK

Registration for the 7th International Conference on the Medieval Chronicle is now open. Please register via our online shop (link available here via the conference website):

Two types of pass are available: 1) a full conference pass for the duration of the event, including four nights’ accommodation at Vine Court, conference fee covering all four days, all lunches and coffees; 2) a day pass including conference fee for selected day, and lunch and coffees on selected day. Accommodation for day visitors is bookable separately via the shop, as is the conference dinner. Discounted rates are available for students and unwaged delegates. Rooms in Vine Court are limited, so we recommend registering as soon as possible.

When preparing the provisional programme, we have taken into consideration any clashes for speakers participating at Leeds IMC, but please do let us know if we have made any errors.

If you have any queries please contact us via this email address:


We look forward to welcoming you to Liverpool in July.

Best wishes,

The Organisers

 Dr Godfried Croenen (Romance Languages) – G.Croenen{at}

Dr Sarah Peverley (English) – S.Peverley{at}

Dr Damien Kempf (History) – kempf{at}

Dr Rebecca Dixon (French) – Rebecca.Dixon{at}





Please pay attention to this request for assistance from János Bak, one of the keynote speakers at our 2011 Medieval Conference in Pécs:


Announcement and request

Chronicon. Medieval narrative sources A chronological guide with introductory essays. Edited – with the cooperation of several scholars – by János M. Bak and Ivan Jurković (Turnout: Brepols, 2013). 496 pp. ISBN 978-2-503-54833-3. EUR 85.


This is an updated and much expanded version of the Bak-Hollingsworth-Quirin guide (New York: Garland 1987, German version Stuttgart: Steiner 1988). While not a critical encyclopedia as Graeme Dunphy’s Encyclopedia of the Medieval Chronicle (EMC), it differs from other reference works in that it is not organized by alphabetical sequence but by region and chronology. Simply put: if you want to know what was written in (or about) a given area in a given time period (incl. a selection of saints’ lives), this guide would put you on your way by listing editions, translations and – if available – electronic versions, with reference to the detailed discussion in the EMC or the Repertorium (or the relevant Bibliographia Hagiographica). It covers ‘Europe’ in a wider sense, including narratives – beyond the traditional core of medieval Europe – not only from Byzantium, but also a selection from the Christian East and the Muslim world, from ca. 400 AD to ca. 1500 AD listing 1221 titles. There are three indexes: author/title, personal names, and geographical terms. In addition, eight essays (by Patrick Geary, Hans-Werner Goetz, Courtney Booker, Niall Christie, István Perczel with Irma Karaushvili, Gábor Klaniczay, Norbert Kersken, and Balázs Nagy) discuss genres and types of narratives or regional characteristics of chronicles and biographies.


However, the publishers did not keep their word to bring out this guide for a student-affordable price. Therefore we are planning to rework the material contained in the tables (in another form, thus not covered by Brepols’s copyright) in a year or so – in a digital version, open to all via a www-site.

We now ask members of Medieval Chronicle and other colleagues to check the published data and communicate to us any mistakes and additions. Since the digital version will not face volume restrictions (which the printed one did) we are now open to additions, including those that were sent to us earlier but had to be dropped (and probably got since lost in one of our computers).


We are looking forward to these with thanks in advance. Should any one need a copy of sections of particular interest to her/him (if the book is not available in a library at hand), we are glad to scan and send specified pages. Our addresses are:

János Bak – bakjm{at}

Ivan Jurković – ivanj{at}




The Medieval Chronicle Series


The Medieval Chronicle IX – Work on this volume is in full progress. It is planned to appear in 2014.


Call for contributions for vols. 10 and 11

Members are reminded that we are – of course – already looking ahead to vols. 10 and 11. These will undoubtedly contain many of the papers presented at the Liverpool conference in 2014, but also members who will not be able to attend that conference may of course submit papers.

As from vol. 10 we will – even more so than in the past – encourage members to submit editions of unedited chronicles (or important fragments). A prerequisite is that the editions are accompanied by a sound, state-of-the-art introduction and a good parallel translation (in exceptional cases marginal glosses may be acceptable). For this reason such texts may be longer than the usual articles. For an example, see Jeffrey S. Widmayer, ‘The Chronicle of Montpellier H119: Text, Translation and Com­mentary’, in MedChron 4 (2006): 231-61.



New Publications


  1. A. Berto, The Political and Social Vocabulary of John’s the Deacon’s ‘Istoria Veneticorum’. Cursor Mundi 12 (Turnhout: Brepols, 2013).



Paul Remfry has recently published a translation of the Wigmore Chronicle


He is currently working on a new translation and indepth commentary on the Aberconwy chronicle and thinking about tackling the Tewkesbury chronicle. Some years back he produced a translation of the Annales Cambriae.


Christian Speer, ‘Die lateinische Chronik (1131 – 1484) des Görlitzer Altaristen Stephan Furmann. Edition – Kommentar – ergänzende Quellen.’ In Thomas Binder, Hrsg. 666 Jahre Sechsstädtebund. Veröffentlichungen aus dem Stadtarchiv Kamenz 1. Görlitz/Zittau: Gunter Oettel, 2012. Ss. 39-84.






Reinas e infantas en los reinos medievales ibéricosSantiago de Compostela, 21-22 May 2014.




GEMELA invites abstracts for its biennial conference in Lisbon, Portugal, September 8-10, 2014. Could you please take a moment and forward this Call for Papers to your fellow professors and graduate students? See attached for the Call for Papers or check out our website:


GEMELA invita propuestas para su próximo congreso en Lisboa, Portugal, el 8-10 de septiembre de 2014. Favor de compartir esta información con colegas y estudiantes graduados interesados en el tema. Ver la convocatoria o nuestro servidor por más información al respecto:


GEMELA convida propostas para o nosso próximo congresso em Lisboa, Portugal, o 8-10 do setembro do 2014. Favor de compartir esta informação com colegas e estudantes graduados interessados no tema. Ver a chamada de trabalhos ou nosso servidor:


Stacey L. Parker Aronson

Associate Professor of Spanish

GEMELA, Secretary

University of Minnesota, Morris

600 East 4th Street

Morris, MN 56267

Tel.: +1.320.589-6290

e-mail: aronsosp{at}



Calls for Papers

Anglo-Norman Texts, Language and Contexts

The Anglo-Norman Dictionary ( is interested in sponsoring a session or series of sessions at the Leeds IMC 2014 devoted to new research on Anglo-Norman texts and  their contexts. We are particularly interested in hearing about new texts, new editions of texts, and texts that fall outside of the literary context. Paper topics could include, but are not limited to:

-the use of Anglo-Norman in literary and non-literary contexts

-the intended audience of Anglo-Norman texts throughout the medieval period

-the transmission of Anglo-Norman texts

-the revision, annotation or translation of Anglo-Norman texts

-the inclusion of Anglo-Norman with texts in other languages

-the manuscript context of Anglo-Norman works

-the use of Anglo-Norman outside England


Dr. Heather Pagan

Editor, Anglo-Norman Dictionary

Aberystwyth University



The APEF (Association Portugaise d’Études Françaises) is organising an issue of Carnets – Revue Électronique d’Études Françaises devoted to the chronicle: “Frontières de la chronique”.

For more information, contact:

Ana Paiva Morais
Professora Associada / Associate Professor
email: anapm{at}


Departamento de Lìnguas, Culturas e Literaturas Modernas  / Departament of Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures

Faculdade de Ciências Sociais e Humanas / Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities

Universidade Nova de Lisboa / New University of Lisbon

Av. de Berna, 26-C
1069-061 Lisboa



Brief Notices

Boydell & Brewer’s Medieval Chronicles Series

Prospective editors of medieval chronicles are invited to contact Dan Embree, Editor of Boydell and Brewer’s Medieval Chronicles Series, at sothsegger{at} to discuss projects. We encourage discussions at any stage from vague stirrings to substantial drafts. We are interested in editions of medieval texts in various languages, of collections of short, related texts, and of  previously (but inadequately) edited texts.


New Series: “Outlaws in Literature, History, and Culture”

Alexander L. Kaufman (Auburn University at Montgomery, USA) and Lesley A. Coote (University of Hull, UK) are co-editors of a new book series for Ashgate Press and would welcome proposals: “Outlaws in Literature, History, and Culture”. More information on the scope of the series can be found at




Research Stipends

Notre Dame’s programs for visiting medievalists (from Julia Marvin)

The Medieval Institute at the University of Notre Dame has several year-long and short-term programs for visiting scholars, including an A. W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship in Medieval Studies (for faculty at US institutions), Stipends for Short-term Postdoctoral Research, Stipends for Ambrosiana Microfilms Collection Research,  and the SIEPM Fellowship in Medieval Philosophy. For more information, see
Notre Dame has substantial collections of microfilms and facsimiles, which may be searched here:




MCS Twitter Account

The Medieval Chronicle Society now has a Twitter account to accompany its website. The account is being run by Dr Sarah Peverley (University of Liverpool) and will be used to provide short updates about the 2014 Medieval Chronicle conference, other chronicle conferences and symposia (which have reached the ‘call for papers’ stage), large funded research projects involving medieval chronicles, and newly published editions and/or monographs on chronicles. If members would like Dr Peverley to ‘tweet’ about any of the above on their behalf please contact her at S.Peverley{at} Twitter messages are limited to 140 characters and to avoid being overwhelmed with requests Dr Peverley will only ‘tweet’ about publications and events that are chronicle related. The Twitter account is
@medievalchron so please follow us and spread the word.


Dr Sarah Peverley, School of English – University of Liverpool




The Medieval Chronicle Society –


For information contact:

Dr Erik Kooper

Dept of English

Trans 10

3512 JK Utrecht – The Netherlands

E-mail: e.s.kooper{at}

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