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Newsletter 17

7 July, 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 – Isabel.Dias[at]

Website of the conference:

Please, note that the website is not complete yet; links to information on enrollment and accommodation will be set up as soon as possible

Keynote speakers include:

Professor Georges Martin (Université Paris-Sorbonne)
Professor Hermengildo Fernandes (Universidade de Lisboa)
Professor Inés Fernández-Ordóñez (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid)
Professor Peter Linehan (University of Cambridge)
Professor José Carlos Miranda (Universidade do Porto)
Professor Maria do Rosário Ferreira (Universidade de Coimbra)


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.

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 has now appeared and is available from the publisher:

The Medieval Chronicle 11 – This will include many of the papers presented at the 2014 conference in Liverpool; beside that it will have another review and possobly an edition of a short chronicle.

Deadline for vol. 12: 1 March 2017.


Call for Papers – “What is premodern urban historiography?” (See attachment)


New Publications


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 of reviews, 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 Prose Brut and Other Late Medieval Chronicles. Books have their Histories. Essays in Honour of Lister M. Matheson Edited by Jaclyn Rajsic, Erik Kooper and Dominique Hoche. Manuscript Culture in the British Isles. York Medieval Oress, 2016. Pp. 246. Hardback, £ 60.

The histories of chronicles composed in England during the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries and onwards, especially texts belonging to or engaging with the Prose Brut tradition, are the focus of this volume. The contributors examine the composition, dissemination and reception of historical texts written in Anglo-Norman, Latin and English, including the Prose Brut chronicle (c. 1300 and later), Castleford’s Chronicle (c. 1327), and Nicholas Trevet’s Les Cronicles (c. 1334), looking at questions of the processes of writing, rewriting, printing and editing history. They cross traditional boundaries of subject and period, taking multi-disciplinary approaches to their studies in order to underscore the (shifting) historical, social and political contexts in which medieval English chronicles were used and read from the fourteenth century through to the present day. As such, the volume honours the pioneering work of the late Professor Lister M. Matheson, whose research in this area demonstrated that a full understanding of medieval historical literature demands attention to both the content of the works in question and to the material circumstances of producing those works.

Members of the MCS are entitled to a special discount for this book: £45.00/$74.25. This offer ends 31 July 2016. When ordering please quote the reference: 16100. The discount applies to direct orders only, therefore order at:


Pierre Courroux, L’Écriture de l’histoire dans les chroniques françaises (XIIe-XVe siècle), Classiques Garnier. Paris, 2016. Pp. 1024.

(see : shop.product_details&flypage=flypage_garnier.tpl&product_id=2439&vmcchk=1&Itemid=1)


Volker Honemann, ‘Franziskanische Geschichtsschreibung.’ In Von den Anfängen bis zur Reformation. Hg. Volker Honemann. Geschichte der Sächsischen Franziskanerprovinz von der Gründung bis zum Anfang des 21. Jahrhunderts, Bd. 1. Paderborn: Schöningh 2015. Pp. 978. (Pp. 731-844).

The volume also contains articles on Franciscan Reforms (15th and 16th C.), Books and Libraries,  and Literature.

Volker Honemann, ‘Der heilige Jakobus als Retter aus Meeresgefahr. Spanienzug und Santiagobesuch Philipps des Schönen von Habsburg (1506) in einem Lied des Peter Frey, im “Weißkunig” Kaiser Maximilians und in zwei niederländischen Historienliedern. Mit einer Neuedition von Freys Lied.’ In Jakobus und die Anderen. Mirakel, Lieder und Reliquien. Hgg. Volker Honemann / Hedwig Röckelein. Jakobus-Studien 21. Tübingen: Narr, 2015. Pp. 101-22.

[In the same volume] Robert Plötz, ‘De miraculi totus plenus conchilibus genesi et traditione. Die Mirakelerzählung von der Jakobus-Muschel und die Verehrung des Jacobus Maior auf der iberischen Halbinsel.’ Pp. 15-64 (dealing with basque and portuguese chronicles).


Recent publication of a monographic issue of the Acta Poloniae Historica, dedicated to medieval historiography:


Maciej Eder, In Search of the Author of Chronica Polonorum Ascribed to Gallus Anonymus: A Stylometric Reconnaissance

Adam Krawiec, The Concept of Space in the Chronicle of Gallus Anonymus, the Mental Geography of Its Author, and Their Signifi cance for the Controversy on His Place of Origin

Zenon Kałuża and Dragos Calma, The Philosophical Reading of Master Vincentius

Rafał Rutkowski, The Platonic Concept of the Memory of Ancient Deeds in the Chronicles of Master Vincentius and Theodoricus the Monk

Paweł Żmudzki, New Versions of the Tales of Gallus Anonymus in the Chronicle of Master Vincentius

Jakub Kujawiński, Commenting on Historical Writings in Medieval Latin Europe: A Reconnaissance

Robert Kasperski, Ethnicity, Ethnogenesis, and the Vandals: Some Remarks on a Theory of Emergence of the Barbarian gens

Antoni T. Grabowski, From Castration to Misogyny. Meaning of Liudprand of Cremona’s Humour

Zofia Anuszkiewicz, The Communal Ideology in Giovanni Villani’s Nuova cronica

The articles are available free of charge at the Journal webside:


See the article by Robert Plötz, under Germany


Obituary – Professor Peter Noble (University of Reading, UK)

It is with great sadness that we have to report the passing of Professor Peter Noble, on 31 May 2016. From the very beginning he was one of the important supporters of the Medieval Chronicle Conferences. He attended the first three (in Utrecht) and co-organized the fourth at his home university, where for many years he was a central figure in the life of the Department of French Studies, which he joined as a young lecturer in 1966 and of which he was Head of Department between 1991 and 1999.


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


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 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.


For information contact: Dr Erik Kooper, Dept of English, Utrecht University, The Netherlands, E-mail: e.s.kooper[at]

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