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Newsletter 16

28 January, 2016

8th International Conference
The Medieval Chronicle / Die mittelalterliche Chronik / La Chronique au Moyen Age
10–14 July 2017, Lisbon, Portugal

The Organisers

Isabel de Barros Dias – Universidade Aberta, Lisboa

Maria João Branco – Universidade Nova de Lisboa

Carlos Carreto – Universidade Aberta, Lisboa

Ana Paiva Morais – Universidade Nova de Lisboa

Margarida Alpalhão – Universidade Nova de Lisboa

Rodrigo Furtado – Universidade de Lisboa

For more information write to: Isabel de Barros Dias –

Four keynote speakers have already accepted the invitation to give a plenary address:

– Hermengildo Fernandes – Universidade de Lisboa, Faculdade de Letras (Medieval History)

– Georges Martin – Paris, Sorbonne / e-Spania Journal  (Literature / ‘Civilisation’)

– Inés Fernández-Ordóñez – Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (Literature / Linguistics)

– Peter Linehan – Cambridge University (Medieval History)


The Medieval Chronicle Society (MCS)

The Medieval Chronicle Society is an international and interdisciplinary organisation founded to facilitate the work of scholars interested in medieval chronicles, or more generally medieval historiography.

Alongside annals, chronicles were the main genre of historical writing in the Middle Ages. Consequently they have always been of great importance to historians. The extent to which they are also of interest to students of medieval literature or of historical linguistics was only fully realised in the latter part of the twentieth century. Since many chronicles are illustrated, they are also a fruitful object of study for art historians.


The Medieval Chronicle Series

IMPORTANT NOTICE – Permanent 50 per cent Discount for MCS members

As announced in Newsletter 15, the volumes of The Medieval Chronicle are now published by Brill Publishers. As from vol. 10 a few things will therefore be different, e.g. the layout will be made to conform to Brill’s house style. However, for Brill continuity is a key concept, and any changes will be as few as possible.

Members of the MCS are offered a permanent discount of 50 per cent on any volumes of MedChron if these are ordered directly from the publisher at: .

To obtain the discount price use the discount code: 70257.

The Medieval Chronicle 10 – Complete; to appear early in 2016.

The Medieval Chronicle 11 and 12 – They will include many of the papers presented at the 2014 conference in Liverpool, but of course members of the MCS are welcome to submit essays or short text editions as well.

Deadline for vol. 11: 1 January 2016.


New Publications


Bak, Janos M., and Ivan Jurkovic, eds. Chronicon: Medieval Narrative Sources. A Chronological Guide with Introductory Essays. Turnhout: Brepols, 2013. Pp. 493. €85.00. ISBN: 978-250-3548-333.

Reviewed by Chris Given-Wilson (University of St Andrews), The Medieval Review, 2 April 2015.

McCarthy, T. J. H., ed. and trans. Chronicles of the Investiture Contest: Frutolf of Michelsberg and His Continuators. Manchester Medieval Sources. Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2014. Pp. xiv, 324. $34.95. ISBN: 978-0-7190-8469-0.

Reviewed by Uta-Renate Blumenthal (The Catholic University of America), The Medieval Review, 7 mei 2015.

The Medieval Review

For those who do not know The Medieval Review, here is some information, taken from their website. It is an open access (free) journal, which since 1993 has been publishing reviews of current work in all areas of Medieval Studies, a field it interprets as broadly as possible. The electronic medium allows for very rapid publication of reviews, and provides a computer searchable archive of past reviews, both of which are of great utility to scholars and students around the world.


The Chronicle of Amadi. Trans. from the Italian by Nicholas Coureas and Peter Edbury. Nicosia: Cyprus Research Centre, 2015. Pp. xxvi + 580. € 92.

This chronicle is in fact an anonymous compilation and translation of Old French and Greek sources completed in the early 16th century, probably on Venetian Cyprus, and named after its last known owner, the Venetian nobleman Francesco Amadi. The anonymous compiler and probably translator covers the history of the Latin Kingdom of Jerusalem (1099-1291) and that of the Lusignan kingdom of Cyprus from 1191 to the mid-fifteenth century, translating from a variety of Old French sources, sometimes from versions no longer extant, and from a no longer extant version of the Chronicle of Leontios Malhairas, written in Cypriot Greek. Among the French sources included are a translation of William of Tyre and its Colbert Fontainebleau Continuation, the Annales de Terre Sainte, Philip of Novara, the ‘Templar of Tyre’ and a lost account of the rule of Amaury of Tyre (1306-10) possibly written by Gerard of Monreal.

A review will appear in MedChron 11.


John Page, The Siege of Rouen. Ed. Joanna Bellis. Middle English Texts 51. Heidelberg: Winter, 2015.

This poem is incorporated into the prose Brut and preserved in ten Brut manuscripts. This is the first critical edition of it since 1927, so it will be of interest to Chronicle Society members.

A review will appear in MedChron 10.


Lisa Fagin Davis, La Chronique Anonyme Universelle. Reading and Writing History in Fifteenth-Century France. Turnhout: Brepols, 2014. vi+439 p., 97 colour ill., DVD. ISBN: 978-1-905375-55-4. € 175.

This volume presents the first comprehensive study of the Chronique Anonyme Universelle, a lavishly illustrated scroll history of the world from Creation to the fifteenth century. Working in a French noble library around the year 1410, the anonymous compiler of the Chronique told the story of humanity – nearly six thousand years by his reckoning – by editing historical texts at his disposal, arranging them in parallel columns on a vertical scroll, and filling the inter-columnar space with complex genealogical diagrams.


Hans-Werner Goetz, ‘Orosius und seine „Sieben Geschichtsbücher gegen die Heiden“: Geschichtstheologie oder Rhetorik? Kritische Anmerkungen zu einer Neuerscheinung.’ Archiv für Kulturgeschichte 96, 2014, S. 187-98.

A critical discussion of Van Nuffelen’s monography on Orosius.


Erchemperto. Piccola Storia dei Longobardi di Benevento / Ystoriola Longobardorum Beneventum degentium. Ed and trans. into Italian by Luigi Andrea Berto. Naples: Liguori, 2013.


Чекова, Илиана. Първите староруски князе светци (Образи, символика, типология). Сoфия, 2013 (Университетско издателство „Св. Климент Охридски”).

[Iliiana Chekova, The First Medieval Russian Prince-Saints (Images, Symbolism, Typology). Sofia: UP, 2013]

Pskov 3rd Chronicle. Annotated translation by David Savignac. Placed online by him at:

Work in progress: Novgorod 1st Chronicle

David Savignac has now turned his attention to doing the same for the Novgorod 1st Chronicle. A portion of that chronicle was translated into English a century ago (The Chronicle of Novgorod 1016-1471. Michell, Robert and Forbes, Nevill (translators). Camden Third Series, Vol. XXV. London, 1914), an admirable, ground-breaking feat.  However,  the present availability of extensive lexicographic, linguistic, historical and other research materials as well as a deepening of our knowledge of Old Russian and especially of its Old Novgorod dialect demand that a new annotated translation of this important document be made. The Novgorod 1st Chronicle exists in two recensions. The Michell and Forbes translation is that of the older recension, which is defective and begins in medias res in AD 1016 and was probably essentially completed in the early 1330s; to this Michell and Forbes appended a translation of the younger recension of that chronicle, which ends with the year 1446.  Since Michell and Forbes sometimes used the younger recension to take the place of lacunae in the older recension, it is not always clear which text has been translated. The present work-in-progress will contain complete translations of both recensions, in parallel columns as appropriate; the translation of the younger recension will contain that part of the chronicle absent from the younger recension, that is, from the beginning to the entry to mid-year AD 1016.  This new translation is primarily geared towards English-reading scholars and others without a knowledge of Old Russian. The translation is expected to be completed and placed online by the end of 2016. Dr Savignac, an independent scholar residing in Maryland, USA, may be contacted at


David Hook, ed. The Arthur of the Iberians. Cardiff: University of Wales Press 2015.

The chronicle material in this is naturally confined to those Peninsular texts which include Arthurian references, and such sections naturally focus on the Arthurian content of those chronicles.


New Websites

Utrecht chronicles online

If you want to know the origin of our logo, the two entwined little dragons, here is the place to look.

On the 2nd of June 2015 the Utrecht Archives (UA) and the University Library of Utrecht (UL) launched a new website which presents eight Utrecht chronicles online: The eight chronicles are from manuscripts held by either institution. All of them have been digitized, and are complemented by a transcription and in most cases also a translation in Dutch. The latter can be consulted online side by side, and can be searched electronically. Each chronicle is introduced by short texts with information about the institution where it was written, the author, the manuscript, provenance and literature, all in Dutch. The eight chronicles (or chronological texts) are: Catalogus Episcoporum, the ‘official’ list of the bishops of Utrecht and their deeds (covering the period 695-1364 / 1496); Bella Campestria, the battles between the bishops of Utrecht and counts of Holland (1018-1301); Chronicle of the Convent (Vrouwenklooster) near Utrecht (1130 / 1421-1583); Chronicle of the monastery of St Nicolas (Nicolaasklooster) in Utrecht, in two versions (1337-1477); Chronicle of the Carthusian monastery near Utrecht, in two versions, and with a separate text on the foundation of the chapel (1391-1407 / 1438); Chronicle of the monastery in `t Gein to the south of Utrecht (1423-1574); Bellum Traiectinum on the war between Utrecht and Guelders (1525-8); and Aernout van Buchell’s Diarium, a description and history of the city of Utrecht from the Roman times until c. 1630.

For more information:

Bart Jaski, keeper of manuscripts, University Library of Utrecht (


Medieval Chronicles from Wales

On this site you will find a brief description of most of the Welsh medieval chronicles, both those in Latin and those in Welsh. Each entry contains information about these chronicles, a list of references to editions and discussions, as well as some useful links. For more general links, go to the Useful Links tab in the main menu.

The Harleian Chronicle (A-text of the Annales Cambriae)

The Breviate Chronicle (B-text of the Annales Cambriae)

The Cottonian Chronicle (C-text of the Annales Cambriae)

Epitome Historiae Britanniae

Cronicon de Wallia

Chronica ante aduentum domini

O Oes Gwrtheyrn

Brut y Tywysogion, Peniarth MS 20 Version

Brut y Tywysogion, Llyfr Coch Hergest/Red Book of Hergest Version

Brenhinedd y Saesson


Calls for Papers

Stockholm University – Centre for Medieval Studies

Historians of Medieval Iberia: Enemies and Friends

A Marcus Wallenberg Symposium

As a means of revitalizing and continuing an institution established by David Lomax and Richard Fletcher,

we shall celebrate a symposium with the theme ‘Enemies and Friends’ in Stockholm on March 14-16, 2016. This theme should be understood widely, and it is intended that it embraces courtly cultures, diplomacy, shift­ing alliances and military and social conflict; rituals of friendship, signs of enmity; patronage and exclusion, exile and execution; odium theologicum, polemic, competition, and coexistence within and between religious communities; charitas and supernatural threats.

The symposium will be opened by the Dean of the Faculty of Humanities at Stockholm University,

Prof. Bengt Novén, and the Danish Ambassador to Portugal, His Excellency Michael Suhr.

Keynote speakers are:

Professor Simon Barton (University of Exeter)

Assistant Professor Maria João Violante Branco (Universidade Nova de Lisboa)

Professor Simon Doubleday (Hofstra University, NY)

Professor Maribel Fierro (Centro Superior de Investigaciones Científicas, Madrid)

We accept short proposals for 20-minute papers, containing an abstract (of about 300 words) and a brief CV, or proposals for sessions containing three such papers.

These should be sent by October 30, 2015 to

The preferred language of the symposium will be English.

Notification of acceptance of proposed sessions and papers will be given on November 30, 2015.

Presenters will be invited to submit their papers for evaluation for a publication of the proceedings edited by the organisers.

A major item of business at the meeting shall be the election of officers to the committee in order to take the society forward.

We look forward to seeing as many of our Iberian medievalist colleagues as possible.

The Organising Committee

Kurt Villads – Jensen Anthony – John Lappin – Kim Bergqvist


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 or, 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.


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 Professor Sarah Peverley (University of Liverpool) and will be used to provide short updates about 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 Professor 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 Professor 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.


The Medieval Chronicle Society –

For information contact:

Dr Erik Kooper, Dept of English, Utrecht University, The Netherlands

E-mail: e.s.kooper[at]

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