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Newsletter 22

11 December, 2020

Winter / Hiver 2020

9th International Conference The Medieval Chronicle/ Die mittelalterliche Chronik/ La Chronique au Moyen Age 14 – 16 July 2021, Poznań, Poland 

Information on the 2021 Conference at Poznań

The new dates are Wednesday 14 to Friday 16 July, with possibly the MCS Assembly on Saturday 17 July.

New website for the 2021 Conference: MCS 2021 Poznań (

Contact: The Organizing Committee can be reached at:

Organizing Institutions

–  Department of HistoryAdam Mickiewicz University

– Institute of Slavic Studies, Polish Academy of Sciences

Keynote speakers 

– Prof. Marie Bláhová (Charles University in Prague)

– Prof. Márta Font (University of Pécs)

– to be announced

Call for Papers

Proposals for 20 minutes presentations are invited in English, French or German. Papers will be allocated to thematic sessions, therefore submissions should identify the theme to which the paper relates. 

Registration is FREE

For more information, see the website under “Technical Information”.

On-line registration forms are available at:  MCS 2021 Poznań – Registration Forms (

Host of the virtual Conference 

Faculty of Historical Studies, Morasko Campus, Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznań.

Address: ul. Uniwersytetu Poznańskiego 7, 61-614 Poznań.

Important Note: Teams Tutorial

For participants new to on-line conferences the organizers have provided links to the Microsoft Teams Tutorial website.

See the conference website under “Technical Information”.

For further information, please contact the organisers at


The Medieval Chronicle Series

IMPORTANT NOTICE – Permanent 50 per cent Discount for MCS members

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 13 (2020) is available from the publisher

The Medieval Chronicle 14 – In progress

Members are reminded that they may submit articles at any time,

in particular editions of short chronicle texts (full texts or

important sections) which cannot easily be published elsewhere


New Publications


Marie-Françoise Alamichel, Voix épiques médiévales anglaises. Paris, Champion, 2020. ISBN 9782745353979. € 38.

Chapitre 5: L’épopée moyen-anglaise / Les Bruts : une grande fresque nationale / Épopée nationale, mythe fondateur / Les Bruts, chants de gloire à la Bretagne / Le nationalisme des Bruts / L’empreinte des Bretons / Ennemis et étrangers / Croisade et guerre sainte / Arthur, héros et modèle / Reprise des motifs et formules épiques du vieil-anglais dans le Brut de Laȝamon. 

Joanna Bellis, ‘An Anglo-Danish Naval Encounter in Two Fourteenth-Century Chronicles.’ Reading Medieval Studies 45 (2019): 75-107.

Trevor Russell Smith, ‘The Durham Latin Prose “Brut” to 1347 with a Continuation to 1348: A Nationalistic Chronicle of England and its Manuscripts.’ Manuscript Studies 5 (2020): 120–141.

—, ‘A Handlist of Manuscripts Containing Adam Murimuth’s Continuatio chronicarum.’ Scriptorium 73 (2019): 144–164.


Jürgen Wolf, ‘Augsburger Chronistik in Handschrift und Druck. Geschichtsschreibung als Fundament und Ausdruck eines neuen Denkens.’ In Gewissheiten im Wandel. Wissensformierung und Handlungs­orientierung von 1350-1600. Hg. von Christa Bertelsmeier-Kierst (Kulturgeschichtliche Beiträge zum Mittelalter und zur frühen Neuzeit 9). Berlin, 2020. S. 143-162.

—, ‘Rudolf von Ems als Bibeldichter? Weltchronistik und biblische Geschichtsschreibung.’ In Rudolf von Ems. Beiträge zu Autor, Werk und Überlieferung. Hg. von Elke Krotz, Norbert Kössinger, Henrike Manuwald und Stephan Müller. Stuttgart, 2020. S. 267-280.

—, ‘Objektives Wissen. Geschichtsforschung in der Frühen Neuzeit als Wegbereiter der Moderne?’ In Wettstreit der Künste – Der Aufstieg des praktischen Wissens zw. Reformation und Aufklärung. Hg. von B. Heinecke, I. Kästner (Europ. Wissenschaftsbeziehungen). Aachen, 2018. S. 25-43.

— (mit M. Chinca, H. Hunter, C. Young), ‘Kaiserchronik digital.’ ZfdA 148 (2019): 285-288. [online =]

Germany / Austria

Nina Rowe. The Illuminated World Chronicle: Tales from the Late Medieval City. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2020. 220 Pp. ISBN: 9780300247046. $ 65.

In this richly illustrated book, Rowe examines the images and texts in twenty-four illuminated Weltchronik manuscripts created in Bavaria and Austria between circa 1330 and 1430. The tales in these codices are attributed to Rudolf von Ems, the Christherre-Poet, Jans der Enikel, and Heinrich von München, but the pictorial cycles repackage the verse for distinctly urban, non-noble audiences. Considering the manuscripts in relation to social conditions in Regensburg, Nuremberg, Vienna, and Salzburg, this study explores issues including: the expansion of industry, urban pageantry, conceptions of Jews and Africans, and the resistance of so-called heretics in the late medieval city.

Ireland (French)

Keith Busby, ed., The French Works of Jofroi de Waterford. Textes vernaculaires du moyen Âge 25. Turnhout: Brepols, 2020. ISBN: 978-2-503-58294-8. € 90 (excl. tax).

At the beginning of the fourteenth century, Jofroi, a brother of the Dominican house of St Saviour’s in Waterford, Ireland, translated into French and adapted from the Latin three texts: the De excidio Troiae of the so-called ‘Dares Phrygius’, the Breviarium historiae romanae of Eutropius, and Pseudo-Aristotelian Secretum secretorum. While the first two, La gerre de Troi and Le regne des Romains are generally close translations, Le secré de secrés is much modified by omissions and interpolations of exempla and scientific material. In his enterprise, Jofroi was aided and abetted by his scribe, the Walloon merchant and custos, Servais Copale. This book is the first critical edition of Jofroi’s œuvre. The texts are accompanied by a general introduction, individual introductions to each of the three texts, extensive notes, a substantial glossary, and an index of proper names. Jofroi and Servais collaborated in Waterford, not Paris, as has long been assumed, and these texts are therefore witness to the importance of French as a literary language in southeastern Ireland.

The Low Countries

Bram Caers, Vertekend verleden. Geschiedenis herschrijven in vroegmodern 

Mechelen (1500-1650). Hilversum: Verloren, 2020. ISBN 9087045719. Pb. € 35.

Around 1500 a citizen of Mechelen (Malines, Belgium) wrote an extensive chronicle recounting the history of his city from the early Middle Ages up to the year 1477. In the ensuing ages his account, based mainly on Brabantine sources, was frequently copied and eventually printed in the 17th century. This study traces the history of the text in the many surviving manuscripts, which include a number of autographs, revealing the working methods of the adaptors.


Jaume Aurell,  Medieval Self-Coronations. The History and Symbolism of a Ritual. CUP, 2020. ISBN: 9781108840248. ₤ 90.

Based on narrative, iconographical, and liturgical sources, this is the first systematic study to trace the story of the ritual of royal self-coronations from Ancient Persia to the present. Exposing as myth the idea that Napoleon’s act of self-coronation in 1804 was the first extraordinary event to break the secular tradition of kings being crowned by bishops, Jaume Aurell vividly demonstrates that self-coronations were not as transgressive or unconventional as has been imagined. Drawing on numerous examples of royal self-coronations, with a particular focus on European Kings of the Middle Ages, including Frederic II of Germany (1229), Alphonse XI of Castile (1328), Peter IV of Aragon (1332) and Charles III of Navarra (1390), Aurell draws on history, anthropology, ritual studies, liturgy and art history to explore royal self-coronations as privileged sites at which the frontiers and limits between the temporal and spiritual, politics and religion, tradition and innovation are encountered


B. Guy, G. Henley, O. W. Jones, R. Thomas, eds., The Chronicles of Medieval Wales and the March. New Contexts, Studies, and Texts. Turnhout: Brepols, 2020. ISBN ISBN: 978-2-503-58349-5. € 80.

This book offers a collection of new studies on the chronicles of medieval Wales and the March, supported by synoptic pieces placing the tradition of chronicle writing in Wales within the context of historical writing on a broader scale. The volume is accompanied by five editions and translations of little-known texts written in Latin and Medieval Welsh.


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.

Boydell & Brewer’s Writing History in the Middle Ages Series

History-writing was a vital form of expression throughout the European Middle Ages, and is fundamental to our understanding of medieval societies, politics, modes of expression, cultural memory, and social identity. This series publishes innovative work on history-writing from across the medieval world; monographs, collections of essays. Editions of texts will also be considered.

For more information, write to the Series Editors:

Dr Henry Bainton                                                                      Professor Lars Boje Mortensen

Department of English and Related Literature                  Head of Centre

University of York                                                                    University of Southern Denmark

henry.bainton[at]                                                         labo[at]

And see also: Writing History in the Middle Ages series


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:


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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