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Newsletter 20

31 October, 2018

The Medieval Chronicle. Die mittelalterliche Chronik. La chronique médievale

Newsletter / Bulletin / Rundschreiben 20

Autumn / Automne / Herbst 2018

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9th International Conference of The Medieval Chronicle. Die mittelalterliche Chronik. La Chronique au Moyen Age. 

13 – 17 July 2020, Poznan, Poland

Organizing Institutions:

Institute of Slavic Studies, Polish Academy of Sciences (Instytut Slawistyki, Polskiej Akademii Nauk) and Adam Mickiewicz University (Uniwersytet im. Adama Mickiewicza).
For more information on these two institutions, see below.

For more information write to: Ryszard Grzesik, grzesik@man.poznan.pl, or Józef Dobosz, doboszjozef@hotmail.com

Dates: 13 (Monday) to 17 (Friday) July, 2020.

On 18 July (Saturday) there will be two excursions (by coach):

1) The Piast Route1: Gniezno – Strzelno

2) The Piast Route 2: Strongholds Lednica – Grzybowo – Giecz

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Information on the Organizing Institutionsof the 2020 Conference at Poznan

Institute of Slavic Studies, Polish Academy of Sciences (Instytut Slawistyki, Polskiej Akademii Nauk)

The Institute of Slavic Studies of the Polish Academy of Sciences was established in 1954 and connected a number of research units dealing with Slavic Studies in several fields of the humanities. The editorial team of the eight-volume Słownik starożytności słowiańskich(Lexicon of Slavic Antiquities, henceforth: SSS) was one of these units. The Lexicon was prepared from the early 1950s, although the idea had originated at the turn of 1930s. The edition was finished in the mid 1990s. During the preparation of the SSS, we started a new project: an edition of Testimonia najdawniejszych dziejów Słowian(Testimonies of the Ancient History of the Slavs), which contains excerpts from Greek and Latin narratives with information about the Slavic people in a wider narrative context. The excerpts are published in the original language with a Polish translation and an extensive introduction and commentaries. At first they were edited by Prof. Wincenty Swoboda and Dr. Alina Brzóstkowska, and now by Prof. Anna Kotłowska and Prof. Ryszard Grzesik, both members of the Medieval Chronicle Society.

Adam Mickiewicz University (Uniwersytet im. Adama Mickiewicza)

The Institute of History at the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań was founded in 1956. The traditions of the Poznań historical milieu, however, date back to 1919 and the Historical Seminary at Poznań University, which was transformed in 1950 into the Department of History. Today part of the Faculty of History at Adam Mickiewicz University, the Institute of History has a total of 100 teaching and research staff (including 15 full professors, 50 associate professors and habilitated doctors, and 35 assistant professors), dozens of doctoral students and seven technical and administrative staff members. The Institute educates over 800 first and second degree students in seven specialisations and majors, both in full-time programmes and part-time weekend and individual study formats. Structurally, the Institute is divided into 19 units (Zakłady); it has its own photographic, graphic and computer studios and a publishing house, which every year publishes more than 30 monographs and four journals. The research conducted by the staff covers the full chronological spectrum of universal history (from the history of the Middle East in antiquity to the 20th/21st century) and the history of Poland (from the birth of the Polish statehood to the present), the methodology and theory of history and archival studies.

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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 MedChronif these are ordered directly from the publisher at:

http://www.brill.com/products/series/medieval-chronicle

To obtain the discount price use the discount code: 70257

The Medieval Chronicle 12 is now printing, and will soon be available from the publisher

The Medieval Chronicle13 and 14– In progress

Members are reminded that they may always submit articles or short text editionsfor publication in our series.

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Obituary – Dr David Pattison (1942–2018)

The death on 3 September of Dr David Pattison (Emeritus Fellow of Magdalen College, Oxford, since his retirement in 2005), following a long illness, has deprived us of an inspiring teacher and a fine scholar. David had held the post of Tutorial Fellow at Magdalen since 1969. He was the author of From Legend to Chronicle: the treatment of epic material in Alphonsine historiography(Medium Aevum Monographs, NS, 13; Oxford: Society for the Study of Mediaeval Languages and Literature, 1983). Among his other works were the monograph based on his doctoral thesis, Early Spanish Suffixes(Publications of the Philological Society, 27; Oxford: Blackwell [for the Society],1975) and a good number of articles on medieval Spanish topics. His commitment to learned societies (both in and beyond medieval studies) was notable; he also successfully discharged important administrative roles within his College and University. The Medieval Chronicle Society remembers him as a much appreciated member of the Advisory Board of The Medieval Chronicle, which he joined in 2002. This generous, supportive, and collegial scholar will be sorely missed.

David Hook

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New Projects

The Middle English Prose BrutChronicle

Since 2015, Michelle Warren (Dartmouth College, USA) has been leading a digital research project centered on a Middle English Prose Brutchronicle: Remix the Manuscript: A Chronicle of Digital Experiments (https://sites.dartmouth.edu/RemixBrut). The project team has now published an article describing the first phase of the project in the online journal Archive Journal, http://www.archivejournal.net/essays/remix-the-medieval-manuscript-experiments-with-digital-infrastructure/.

Currently, Remix the Manuscript is focused on rebuilding and revising the online catalogue previously available as Imagining History: Perspectives on Late Medieval Vernacular Historiography. This project was led by John Thompson at Queen’s University, Belfast, with primary contributions from Jason O’Rourke and Ryan Perry (2002-05). Many of the original goals for cultural mapping and data analysis remained incomplete and the catalogue itself has been offline since 2017. Michelle Warren is undertaking a new iteration in partnership with Dartmouth College Library, with the goal of producing a sustainable database as well as other digital outputs. The first data set has been released through theRemixblog; you can subscribe to receive notice of future releases and interim updates at:https://sites.dartmouth.edu/RemixBrut/2018/10/07/re-imaginary-history-release-1-0/

The Canterbury Roll

The Canterbury Roll – A Digital Edition. With Latin transcription, English translation, notes, and introductory material. Ed. Chris Jones, Christopher Thomson, Maree Shirota, Elisabeth Rolston, Thandi Parker, and Jennifer Middendorf. Canterbury University Press, 2017. ISBN: 978-1-98-850307-3

Open Access Digital Facsimile of Christchurch, University of Canterbury, MS 1
The Canterbury Roll is a 15th-century English genealogical text. It was created in the late 1420s/early 1430s and subsequently modified on a number of occasions before final revisions were made to it, most probably during the reign of Richard III (1483–1485). The genealogy is accompanied by an extensive commentary in Latin. The five-metre long manuscript roll, the work of at least four scribes, was purchased by the University of Canterbury in 1918 from the Maude family of Christchurch.

This open access Digital Edition presents a new transcription and English translation of the Roll, both of which are mapped to a high quality digital facsimile. The edition is accompanied by academic apparatus, a detailed introduction, and full documentation. It is embedded within a website that provides further contextual information on the Roll and its history.

The Digital Edition includes:

– A new, high definition facsimile of the complete Canterbury Roll manuscript.

– The first new English translation and Latin transcription of the Roll produced in a century.

– A downloadable edition of Arnold Wall’s 1919 edition of the Roll as well as a “Getting Started” handbook and detailed User Guide.

– Accompanying essays that explore the origins of the Roll, its use as medieval propaganda, and its place in New Zealand history.

The Project Team welcome feedback on any aspect of the project and are particularly interested in commissioning peer review reports that will inform the release of Stage 2 in 2019. Expressions of interest from established scholars and any comments should be sent to the General Editor (chris.jones@canterbury.ac.nz).

The Literary Heritage of Anglo-Dutch Relations, c.1050–1600

This new project, based at the University of Bristol, has been awarded funding from the Leverhulme Trust. It is carried out by professors Ad Putter (Bristol) and Elisabeth van Houts (Cambridge), and postdoc researchers Sjoerd Levelt and Moreed Arbabzadah. It further includes outreach activities, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, in collaboration with special educational needs charity Flash of Splendour Arts, Oscar-winning animation studios Aardman, and the Bodleian Library of the University of Oxford, which will host an exhibition in 2020.

Het Berghse Kroniekenhandschrift – New Project and Call for Papers

The Dutch castle “Huis Bergh” in ‘s-Heerenberg (Guelders) has recently acquired a beautifully illustrated manuscript (olimAnholt, Fürstlich Salm-Salm’sche Bibliothek, Ms. Schmitz 42), showing the arms of the lords of Bergh on the opening page. It can be dated to c.1453-1461, and is the earliest surviving and only illustrated chronicle of the Rhime-Meuse area. The manuscript contains twelve chronicles of popes, emperors and various regions in the Low Countries, in particular of the Lower Rhine area.

Call for Papers

Scholars interested in contributing to a volume of studies on the manuscript, its contents and its historical context are invited to submit proposals by 30 November 2018 to Wim van Anrooij (w.van.anrooij@hum.leidenuniv.nl), editor of the volume together with Jeanne Verbij-Schillings. Proposals must include a working title and a short description of the intended article (max. one A4), as well as the name and e-mail address of the author.

For more information, see the website (in Dutch):

https://huisbergh.nl/bezoekersinformatie/collectie/kroniekenhandschrift/call-for-papers/

Hungary and Hungarians in Central and East European Narrative Sources (10th–17th centuries)

On 21-22 March 2018 a conference was held in Pécs on this subject. A volume with papers presented at this conference will next year be published by Pécs University Press. For the programme, see the attachmentto this Newsletter.

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New Publications

England

Livia Visser-Fuchs, History as Pastime. Jean de Wavrin and His Collection of Chronicles of England. Shaun Tyas Publishing, Donnington, UK, 2018; 682 pp.; 16 pp. of colour illustrations; numerous appendices with further details about manuscripts and texts; bibliography; index. ISBN: 9781907730696. $85.95.

The Burgundian author Jean de Wavrin (c.1400–c.1477) has been known to historians for a long time, but his work is usually considered derivative and of little importance. Closer study revealed that he had an interesting career, first serving in the Anglo-Burgundian army, then marrying a rich widow and settling down to a quieter life in Lille, and to composing his vast compilation of histories of England. At the same time he became a supplier of romances to Philip the Good, Duke of Burgundy, and an avid collector of all kinds of books for himself. A very unusual draughtsman, whom he almost uniquely patronised, was later named after him. Wavrin’s life as a soldier and civilian, ambassador and courtier, is presented as fully as possible and put in context; his library and his interests are analysed; his own book, its creation, use of sources, purpose and value are discussed, and its often beautifully illustrated surviving manuscripts described and explained.

For a special offer for members of the MCS, see the flyerattached to the Newsletter.

Beal, Jane, ‘The Idea of Music in the Polychronicon.’ The Medieval Chronicle12 (forthcoming 2018).

Beal, Jane, ‘Preaching and History: The Audience of Ranulf Hidgen’s Ars componendi sermones and the Polychronicon.’ Medieval Sermon Studies 62 (forthcoming 2018).

France

Bertrand Boysset, Chronique. Ed. M.-R. Bonnet, P. Gautier Dalché, P. Rigaud. Textes vernaculaires du moyen âge (TVMA 20). Turnhout: Brepols, 2018. 202 p., 7 b/w ill. ISBN: 978-2-503-58053-1. € 75 excl. tax.

La chronique de Bertran Boysset, de la moyenne bourgeoisie d’Arles (v. 1350-1415),est un texte difficile à classer. Elle comporte certains aspects du livre de raison, mais l’intérêt de l’auteur dépasse largement le cercle restreint de l’environnement familial. Proche d’Avignon à l’époque du Grand Schisme, dans une région troublée par les rivalités politiques et les exactions des gens de guerre, l’auteur note non seulement ses activités (l’exploitation de ses vignes et de ses pêcheries), les phénomènes météorologiques, les faits qui sortent de l’ordinaire, mais encore ce qui se passe à la cour papale à Avignon et à Rome, ainsi que les séjours des souverains. C’est un témoignage exceptionnel sur la vie quotidienne et sur la perception du monde d’un laïc de culture moyenne, qui veut par ses écrits se situer dans le cadre plus large d’une cité autrefois prestigieuse.

Rédigée en provençal avec quelques passages en latin, elle est transmise en trois versions, dont deux autographes. On édite ici la deuxième version (Paris, BnF 5728), accompagnée d’une traduction française et d’une introduction.

Patrick Gautier Dalché est directeur de recherche émérite (CNRS, IRHT) et directeur d’études émérites (Ecole pratique des hautes études).

Marie Rose Bonnet, docteur ès- lettres, membre de l’Académie d’Arles, a enseigné la langue et la littérature médiévale de langue d’oc à l’Université de Provence.

Philippe Rigaud, membre de l’Académie d’Arles, est diplômé de l’Ecole pratique des hautes études.

A Knight for the Ages: Jacques de Lalaing and the Art of Chivalry. Ed. Elizabeth Morrison. Los Angeles: Getty Publications, 2018. 192pp., 94 color illus. ISBN 978-1606065754. $ 55.

In 2016, the Getty acquired one of the greatest productions from the last flowering of Flemish secular manuscript illumination, the finest illuminated copy of the Livre des faits de Jacques de Lalaing (Book of the Deeds of Jacques de Lalaing,Ms. 114 in the collection). The vibrant text and illuminations of the Getty’s manuscript concern the adventurous life of Jacques de Lalaing (1421-1453), celebrated knight of the Order of the Golden Fleece and perhaps the most famed tournament fighter of the Middle Ages. The miniatures largely concentrate on Jacques’s unparalleled feats of arms, as he made his way across Europe challenging and defeating most of the prominent knights of his day. The manuscript’s images have never before been published in color, and the details of the life story of Jacques de Lalaing may be unfamiliar to scholars. Therefore, the first part of the book is devoted to a plot summary and a reproduction of all the manuscript’s miniatures, accompanied by individual translations of the pertinent portions of text. The second part of the book features a series of interdisciplinary essays in a wide range of fields, ranging from a study of its hero’s biography to a consideration of the authors and artists who made the manuscript possible, to the arms and fighting techniques depicted, to the manuscript’s place in the family’s history.

Elizabeth Morrison is senior curator of manuscripts at the J. Paul Getty Museum. The bookcan be purchased on the Getty’s bookstore site at: https://shop.getty.edu/products/a-knight-for-the-ages-jacques-de-lalaing-and-the-art-of-chivalry-978-1606065754#

Germany

Nina Rowe, ‘Shrugging at the Sacred: Dreams, Punishments, and Feasting in the Daniel-Nebuchadnezzar Cycles of Illuminated Weltchroniken, circa 1400.’ Gesta57 (2018): 43-68.

Nina Rowe, ‘Devotion and Dissent in Late-Medieval Illuminated World Chronicles.’ Art History41 (2018): 12-41.

Hungary

The Illuminated Chronicle. of the Deeds of the Hungarians / Chronica de gestis Hungarorum. Ed. and trans. János M. Bak and László Veszprémy, with a preface by Norbert Kersken. CEMT IX. ISBN: 978-963-386-264-3. $85.00 / €70.00 / £62.00, and ISBN 978-963-386-261, $65.00 / €56.00 / £49.00.

TheIlluminated Chronicle was composed in 1358 in the international artistic style at the royal court of Louis I of Hungary. Its text, presented here in a new edition and translation, is the most complete record of Hungary’s medieval historical tradition, going back to the eleventh century and including the mythical past of its people. The 147 pictures in this manuscript – formerly known as the Vienna Chronicle – are not merely occasional illustrations added to some exemplars, but text and image are closely connected and mutually related to each other, to qualify it as a proper “illuminated chronicle”. The artistic value of the miniatures is quite high, and the characters are drawn with detail and with a knowledge of anatomy. Forty-two of the miniatures are included in the present volume. A full color facsimile will be accessible online.

The English translation is based on a newly transcribed Latin text, and a CD with the facsimile of the codex is attached. The volume is accompanied by a Subsidium: Studies to the Illuminated Chronicle, with essays on the codex, the textual tradition, the illuminations, the heraldry and the afterlife of the text. Two studies treat two significant chapters: on the presentation of dynastic struggles in the eleventh century and the central figure of a significant part, King (St.) Ladislas.

Volume 10 of CEMT, the Chronicle of the Czechs by Cosmas of Prague, is soon to be published.

Further details and additional titles of this important series of source material are available on the CEMT website: http://ceupress.com/series/central-european-medieval-texts.

Italy

Storia dei vescovi napoletani (I secolo – 876) / Gesta Episcoporum Neapolitanorum. Ed.and translation into Italian by Luigi Andrea Berto. Pisa: Pisa University Press, 2018. € 18.

Luigi Andrea Berto, Cristiani e musulmani nell’Italia dei primi secoli del Medioevo. Percezioni,scontri e incontri. Milan: Jouvence, 2018. € 20.

Spain / Portugal

David Hook, The Hispanic, Portuguese, and Latin American Manuscripts of Sir Thomas Phillipps. 2 vols. Publications of the Magdalen Iberian Medieval Studies Seminar, 5. Westbury on Trym: Fontaine Notre Dame/David Hook, 2017. ISBN 978-0-9517564-3-0. £ 98.

The catalogue lists all the Iberian historiographic texts, including the Latin ones, that the author has been able to identify in the (notoriously) vast collection of Sir Thomas Phillipps. Volume I is the study of the collection and Phillipps, vol. II is the edited texts of the relevant entries from the extant in-house catalogues produced by Phillipps and his successors (mainly Thomas Fitzroy Fenwick).

Switzerland

Roberto Leggero, Domatori dei prìncipi e altre note di storia svizzera (secoli XII-XVI). Udine: Forum, 2018. 271 pp. ISBN: 8832830701.€ 25.

The book relates to the problem of exploitation of the natural resources in the alpine communities of South Switzerland during Middle Ages. It touches the theme of the construction of real estate assets of the rural communes, the management of common pool resources (CPR) and the role of CPR administration in the political life of medieval Switzerland.

The book offers also a first time edition of Alessandro Giovio’s Description of Switzerland. Alessandro was a nephew of the well-known historian and bishop Paolo Giovio.

Roberto Leggero is Assistente alla ricerca at the USI-Accademia di Architettura, Mendrisio, Italy.

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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@comcast.netor croiniceoir@gmail.com, 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 AgesSeries

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, Department of English and Related Literature, University of York.  henry.bainton@york.ac.uk

Professor Lars Boje Mortensen, Head of Centre, University of Southern Denmark  labo@sdu.dk

And see also: Writing History in the Middle Ages series

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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

http://www.nd.edu/~medinst/funding/funding.html

Notre Dame has substantial collections of microfilms and facsimiles, which may be searched here:

http://medieval.library.nd.edu/mss_microfilms/
http://medieval.library.nd.edu/mss_facs/
http://homepages-nw.uni-regensburg.de/~dug22463/FAZ_22May2011_p60-63.PDF

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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]liv.ac.uk. 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.

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The Medieval Chronicle Society – https://medievalchronicle.org/

For information contact:

Dr Erik Kooper, Dept of English – Utrecht University – The Netherlands, E-mail: e.s.kooper@[at]uu.nl

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Newsletter 19

19 February, 2018

Newsletter / Bulletin / Rundschreiben 19

Autumn / Automne / Herbst 2017

9th International Conference, The Medieval Chronicle/ Die mittelalterliche Chronik/ La Chronique au Moyen Age, 2020, Poznan, Poland

Organizing Institutions:

– Institute of Slavic Studies, Polish Academy of Sciences (Instytut Slawistyki, Polskiej Akademii Nauk)

– Adam Mickiewicz University (Uniwersytet im. Adama Mickiewicza)

For more information write to:

Ryszard Grzesik, grzesik@man.poznan.pl, or Józef Dobosz, doboszjozef@hotmail.com

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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:

http://www.brill.com/products/series/medieval-chronicle

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

 

The Medieval Chronicle 11 will appear in November 2017

and then be available from the publisher:

http://www.brill.com/products/book/medieval-chronicle-11

 

The Medieval Chronicle 12 – In progress

Members are reminded, and in particular the participants of the

2017 Lisbon conference, that they may always submit articles

or short text editions for publication in our series.

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New Projects

The Estoria de Espanna Digital

The Estoria de Espanna Digital is an AHRC-financed project to construct a digital edition of the most important medieval Iberian chronicle – the Estoria de Espanna, written by King Alfonso the Wise of Castile and Leon in 1272. To mark the launch of the edition (available at http://estoria.bham.ac.uk/blog/) the Biblioteca Nacional de España, the Biblioteca General Histórica de la Universidad de Salamanca, the Biblioteca de Menéndez Pelayo (Santander) and the James Ford Bell Library at the University of Minnesota have simultaneously put on display their manuscripts of the Estoria in an exhibition entitled “El hallazgo del pasado”. The Estoria Digital project, in conjunciton with the Humanities Research Institute of the University of Sheffield, has constructed a digital exhibition to complement these (https://www.hrionline.ac.uk/estoria/). The exhibitions take place until mid April.

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New Publications

General

Michele Campopiano and Henry Bainton, eds., Universal Chronicles in the High Middle Ages. Writing History in the Middle Ages 4. York Medieval Press, 2017. 328 pages. ISBN: 978 1 903153 73 4. £ 60.

New perspectives on and interpretations of the popular medieval genre of the universal chronicle.

Found in pre-modern cultures of every era and across the world, from the ancient Near East to medieval Latin Christendom, the universal chronicle is simultaneously one of the most ubiquitous pre-modern cultural forms and one of the most overlooked. Universal chronicles narrate the history of the whole world from the time of its creation up to the then present day, treating the world’s affairs as though they were part of a single organic reality, and uniting various strands of history into a unifed, coherent story. They reveal a great deal about how the societies that produced them understood their world and how historical narrative itself can work to produce that understanding.

The essays here offer new perspectives on the genre, from a number of different disciplines, demonstrating their vitality, flexibility and cultural importance, They reveal them to be deeply political texts, which allowed history-writers and their audiences to locate themselves in space, time and in the created universe. Several chapters address the manuscript context, looking at the innovative techniques of compilation, structure and layout that placed them at the cutting edge of medieval book technology. Others analyse the background of universal chronicles, and identify their circulation amongst different social groups; there are also investigations into their literary discourse, patronage, authorship and diffusion.

(see: https://boydellandbrewer.com/series/writing-history-in-the-middle-ages.html)

Michele Campopiano is Senior Lecturer in Medieval Latin Literature at the University of York

Henry Bainton is Lecturer in High Medieval Literature at the University of York.

Armenia

Andrews, Tara L. Mattʿēos Uṙhayecʿi and His Chronicle: History as Apocalypse in a Crossroads of Cultures. Series: The Medieval Mediterranean, 108. Leiden: Brill, 2016. E-ISBN: 978 9004330351.

(see also her article ‘The New Age of Prophecy: The Chronicle of Matthew of Edessa and Its Place in Armenian Historiography’ in MedChron 6 (2009): 105-23).

England

Laura Ashe, The Oxford English Literary History. I. 1000-1350. Conquest and Transformation. Oxford University Press, 2017. 486 p. ISBN: 9780199575381. £ 35.

James Simpson, The Oxford English Literary History. II. 1350-1547: Reform and Cultural Revolution. Oxford University Press, 2004. 680 p. ISBN: 9780199265534. £ 35.

Launching the 21st-century successor to the Oxford History of English Literature, these two companion volumes inaugurate a new era in literary history, with an emphasis not just on canonical texts and authors but on the contexts in which literature was written, and its relationship to its period.

Ashe gives a new perspective on the breadth and depth of medieval culture and society. Individual chapters cover particular themes. It is genuinely interdisciplinary, drawing on a range of methods and approaches, and explores works written in a variety of languages, so that the reader encounters literature in the way that contemporaries would have.

Simpson provides a fresh and groundbreaking reassessment of the impact of the Reformation and Renaissance on English literature. Reversing accepted truisms, he shows how the diversity characteristic of medieval literature – in terms of genre, audience, even language itself – was narrowed and simplified by the huge cultural changes of the early 16th century. It ranges from Chaucer, Wyclif, and the Gawain-poet, and a host of less canonical writers and texts, to Wyatt, Leland, and Surrey and their novel poetic forms and new conceptions of history.

https://global.oup.com/academic/product/the-oxford-english-literary-history-9780199575381?q=OELH&lang=en&cc=gb#

Margaret Connolly & Raluca Radulescu, eds. Editing and Interpretation of Middle English Texts. Essays in Honour of William Marx. Texts and Transitions vol. 12. Turnhout: Brepols, 2017. 350 p. ISBN 978-2-503-56847-8. € 85.

These fifteen essays, all published here for the first time, explore issues related to the editing and interpretation of Middle English literature. These include the treatment of all types of evidence (variant readings; punctuation; capitalization; rubrication; physical layout), in relation to both manuscript transmission and the transition from manuscript to print. The editorial representation of these and other aspects constitutes an act of textual interpretation at the most fundamental level, which subsequently influences scholarly understanding. Two major fields of writing, religious texts and chronicles, provide the focus of this enquiry. Major works that receive attention include Trevisa’s translation of the Polychronicon, the Middle English Brut, Piers Plowman, Love’s Mirror of the Blessed Life of Jesus Christ, and Mirk’s Festial; a wide range of shorter devotional and historical texts, in both verse and prose, is also considered, as are aspects related to the translation of texts into Middle English. Almost all of the contributors are experienced editors of medieval texts. Some contribute further insights about texts they have edited, whilst others offer new editions of previously unpublished works. Collectively these essays foreground the many and varied matters of interpretation that confront the editor of Middle English texts.

Julia Marvin, The Construction of Vernacular History in the Anglo-Norman Prose Brut Chronicle: The Manuscript Culture of Late Medieval England. Writing History in the Middle Ages 5. York Medieval Press, 2017. 296 pages. ISBN: 978 1 903153 74 1. £ 60.

It is the first full-length interpretive study of the prose Brut tradition, setting its manuscript context alongside textual analysis. Using the Anglo-Norman Oldest Version as a touchstone, it investigates the chronicle’s social ideals, its representation of women, and its distinctive versions of such elements of British history as the Trojan foundation myth, Norman Conquest, and Arthur and Merlin.

In addition to greatly expanding our knowledge of the prose Brut tradition itself, the book challenges common presumptions about popular thought and culture and as a result will, we hope, be of significant use to scholars working in a number of areas in medieval studies.

A full description may be found on its webpage at

https://boydellandbrewer.com/the-construction-of-vernacular-history-in-the-anglo-norman-prose-i-brut-i-chronicle-hb.html

Livia Visser-Fuchs, History as Pastime. Jean de Wavrin and His Collection of Chronicles of England. Shaun Tyas Publishing, Donnington, UK. (forthcoming 2018); c. 600 pp.; 16 pp. of colour illustrations; numerous appendices with further details about manuscripts and texts; bibliography; index. £ 40 (there will be a special offer for MCS members).

The Burgundian author Jean de Wavrin (c.1400-c.1477) has been known to historians for a long time, but his work is usually considered derivative and of little importance. Closer study revealed that he had a interesting career, first serving in the Anglo-Burgundian army, then marrying a rich widow and settling down to a quieter life in Lille, and to composing his vast compilation of histories of England. At the same time he became a supplier of romances to Philip the Good, Duke of Burgundy, and an avid collector of all kinds of books for himself. A very unusual draughtsman, whom he almost uniquely patronised, was later named after him. Wavrin’s life as a soldier and civilian, ambassador and courtier, is presented as fully as possible and put in context; his library and his interests are analysed; his own book, its creation, use of sources, purpose and value are discussed, and its often beautifully illustrated surviving manuscripts described and explained.

France

Isabelle Guyot-Bachy, La Flandre et les Flamands au miroir des historiens du royaume (Xe–XVe siècle). Villeneuve d’Ascq: Presses universitaires du Septentrion, 2017. 384 pp. ISBN 978-2-7574-1489-7. € 35.

Quel rôle jouèrent les Flamands dans la naissance de la « nation France » ? Que savait de Bouvines, Courtrai, Cassel ou Roosebeke, marqueurs mémoriels de cinq siècles d’histoire entre le comté de Flandre et le royaume de France, le clerc breton ou le noble provençal ? Que disait-on en Normandie ou en Auvergne, de la Flandre, des Flamands, de leur identité mais aussi de leur appartenance au royaume ? Les Français – ou tout au moins leurs élites – partageaient-ils avec le roi et avec ceux qui gravitaient à l’ombre de son pouvoir une perception commune de cette « question flamande » qui, des Carolingiens aux Valois, fut récurrente et souvent brûlante ?

Le récit que l’on poursuit ici est moins celui des événements tels qu’ils se sont déroulés, que celui de la construction « imaginée » du passé qu’offrent les chroniques médiévales et, à leur suite à partir du xvie siècle, une grande variété de textes dont l’ambition fut de raconter à un public appelé peu à peu à former une nation une « histoire de France par la mémoire ».

Laurent Guitton, ‘Fastes et malheurs du métier de favorite: Antoinette de Maignelais, de la cour de France à la cour de Bretagne (1450-1470).’

In Maîtresses et favorites dans les coulisses du pouvoir en Occident, du Moyen Âge à l’époque moderne. Ed. Juliette Dor, Marie-Élisabeth Henneau et Alain Marchandisse (dir.), Actes du colloque international de Liège, 13-14 décembre 2012, Saint-Étienne, Publications de l’Université de Saint-Étienne, 2017.

Keith Busby: see under Ireland.

Livia Visser-Fuchs: see under England.

Ireland / France

Keith Busby, French in Medieval Ireland, Ireland in Medieval French. The Paradox of Two Worlds. Turnhout: Brepols, 2017. 375 p. ISBN: 978-2-503-57021-1. € 110.

This book is a ground-breaking study of the cultural and linguistic consequences of the English invasion of
Ireland in 1169, first analysing in detail French-language texts produced in Ireland before examining the ways in which the country is portrayed in French literature of the twelfth, thirteenth, and fourteenth centuries. It incorporates the results of original archival research and is characterized by close attention to linguistic details of expression and communication, as well as historical, codicological, and literary contexts.

Italy

Italian Carolingian Historical and Poetic Texts. Edition and translation into English by Luigi Andrea Berto. Pisa: Pisa University Press, 2016.

Luigi Andrea Berto, I raffinati metodi d’indagine e il mestiere dello storico. L’alto medioevo italiano all’inizio del terzo millennio. Mantua: Universitas Studiorum, 2016.

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Calls for Papers

Call for contributions: Medieval Chronicles in the Early Modern period

Proposals are invited for contributions to a collection examining the Nachleben, as well as instances of uninterrupted continuation, of Europe’s medieval chronicling traditions from c.1500 to 1800 in a series of case studies. While we hope to attract papers collectively representing a wide geographical spread, these are not intended as national surveys but as original essays focusing on different aspects of the representation of the past during the early modern period when an old form of historical writing, no longer the principal form of representing the past, was adapted to serve new purposes as factual source, alternative medium, collectable item, or inspiration for poetry and fiction.

Possible topics of interest include, but are by no means limited to:

– early modern continuations of medieval chronicles;

– early edition projects of medieval chronicles;

– printed chronicle traditions, including town chronicles and almanac chronicles;

– early modern artistic responses to medieval chronicles;

– use of material from medieval chronicles in different contexts, such as drama, political discourse, architecture, painting;

– collectors of manuscripts with medieval chronicles;

– chronicles in archives;

– survival – and/or loss – of medieval chronicle manuscripts;

– interactions between chronicles and other genres of historical writing;

– the use of medieval chronicles as sources by scholars in the 16th–18th centuries.

At this stage, we invite proposals of 400 words, with additionally a select bibliography, giving an indication of the proposed subject and sources, and including a brief description of previous research.

Deadline for proposals: 1 January 2018, to sjoerd.levelt@bilkent.edu.tr

Daniel Woolf (Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario)   –   Sjoerd Levelt (Bilkent University, Ankara)

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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@comcast.net or croiniceoir@gmail.com, 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@york.ac.uk                                                       labo@sdu.dk

And see also: Writing History in the Middle Ages series

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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

http://www.nd.edu/~medinst/funding/funding.html
Notre Dame has substantial collections of microfilms and facsimiles, which may be searched here:

http://medieval.library.nd.edu/mss_microfilms/
http://medieval.library.nd.edu/mss_facs/

http://homepages-nw.uni-regensburg.de/~dug22463/FAZ_22May2011_p60-63.PDF

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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]liv.ac.uk. 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.

Professor Sarah Peverley – School of English – 19 Abercromby Square – Liverpool, L69 7ZG – UK

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The Medieval Chronicle Society – https://medievalchronicle.org/

For information contact:

Dr Erik Kooper

Dept of English – Utrecht University – The Netherlands

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

Newsletter 18

21 March, 2017

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@uab.pt

Website of the conference:
https://ielt.fcsh.unl.pt/pt/congressos-coloquios-jornadas/2010

You are welcome to submit abstracts for papers in one of the MCS langauages (English, French, German). You can reach the form for that via a button on the conference website, or via the following link:

http://moimoi.eventkey.pt/Geral/inserirresumo.aspx?evento=10&formulario=20

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) and Professor Maria do Rosário Ferreira (Universidade de Coimbra)

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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:

http://www.brill.com/products/series/medieval-chronicle

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

The Medieval Chronicle 10 has appeared and is available from the publisher:

http://www.brill.com/products/book/medieval-chronicle-x

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

The Medieval Chronicle 12 – Deadline 1 March 2017.

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New Project

Illustrating history in medieval manuscripts 

Charles Melville (Professor of Persian History, University of Cambridge, editor of Persian Historiography, London: I.B. Tauris, 2012), will be taking up a visiting fellowship at the Centre for the Study of Manuscript Cultures at Hamburg University (http://www.manuscript-cultures.uni-hamburg.de/index_e.html#termine) from January to March 2017, with a project to explore the illustration of history (in the form of chronicles) and myth (in the form of epic poetry) and their convergence in the Persian arts of the book. Apart from the scrutiny of the texts and the images themselves, this also involves a close examination of individual manuscripts; their unique choice of subjects for illustration; the placement of these paintings in the text; the use of rubrics to organise both the texts and the images; the establishment of iconographic traditions and the question of the dissemination (copying and patronage) of some texts at the expense of others. In addition to this, he would like to include the illustration of hagiographical literature, as the lives of saints provide a distinct, though often inter-related set of texts and precepts, sometimes enhancing royalty and sometimes challenging kingly authority.

Workshop 3 or 4 March 2017

The fellowship includes the possibility of organising a one-day workshop in Hamburg (proposed for 3 or 4 March) and in view of the great value of comparative approaches to the subject at the same period (c. 14th-15th centuries) in Western Europe, he would like to invite one or two scholars working in Germany (or other places not too far away from Hamburg), on such topics in medieval historical literature. If anyone would like to participate, suggest colleagues, or comment on this project, please get in touch directly with Prof. Melville (cpm1000@cam.ac.uk).

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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.

http://scholarworks.iu.edu/journals/index.php/tmr

General

Handbuch Chroniken des Mittelalters, ed. Gerhard Wolf und Norbert H. Ott. De Gruyter, 2016. 1042 pp.

This handbook systematically presents the most important European chronicles with their various concepts and functions and thus provides a first point of reference for the German-speaking reader. After an introduction by Gerhard Wolf, which charts the development and diversity of the genre and points to recent scholarship, the book is made up of broad surveys of sub-genres and of geographical regions. The first main section on Latin chronicles has surveys on origins narrations (Alheydis Plassmann), universal chronicles (Roman Deutinger) and papal and imperial chronicles (Heike Johanna Mierau). Then follows a much more detailed section on German-language chronicles, reflecting the general orientation of the work towards the interests German Studies: German-language chronicles of the 11th and 12th centuries (Stephan Müller), and of the 13th century (Mathias Herweg), Heinrich von München (Norbert H. Ott), north German rhyme chronicles (Gesine Mierke), dynastic history in Bavaria and Austria (Joachim Schneider), Switzerland (Regula Schmid), the Tutonic Order (Arno Mentzel-Reuters), urban chronicles (Peter Johanek), courtly house chronicles (Gerhard Wolf), Richental (Thomas Martin Buck) and the presentation of the Landshuter Hochzeit (Thomas Alexander Bauer). A single report on “visualized chronicles” (Tobias Tanneberger) appears as a section by itself. Then the focus shifts to a section of surveys on chronicles from beyond Germany, some of which focus on the vernacular, others covering both Latin and vernacular traditions: Scandinavia (Sverre Bagge), the Netherlands (Geert H. M. Claassens), Ireland, England, Wales and Scotland (Graeme Dunphy), France (Brigitte Burrichter), Italy (Cristian Bratu), Spain (Heidi R. Krauss-Sánchez), Eastern Central Europe (Ryszard Grzesik), Eastern Slavic lands (Márta Font) and the Byzantine tradition (Sergei Mariev). A final short section goes beyond Europe with surveys of Arabic (Kurz Franz) and Indo-Persian chronicles (Stphan Conermann).
Ashgate Chronicles in Translation Series

The Old French Chronicle of Morea : an account of Frankish Greece after the Fourth Crusade, trans. Anne Van Arsdall and Helen Moody. ACTH 28. Ashgate / Routledge, 2015.

Numerous Byzantine and Western sources describing the events of the Fourth Crusade have now been translated into English. However, the same is not true for material on Frankish Greece, despite this region’s importance to late medieval crusading. The Chronicle of Morea is the key source for the history of the Frankish states established in Greece after the conquest of Constantinople in 1204 and their relations with the reviving Byzantine Empire during the 13th century. It is also an important source for the growth of the Venetian maritime empire. Preserved in a unique fourteenth-century manuscript, the Old French version of the Chronicle of Morea is a contemporary account of Frankish feudal life transposed onto foreign soil. It describes clashes, conquests, and ransoms between the Franks and Byzantines, as well as their alliances and arranged marriages. A rich source, the Chronicle of Morea brims with anecdotes giving insight into the operation of feudal justice, the role of noble women in feudal society, the practice of chivalry, and the conduct of warfare. Versions of the Chronicle exist in Aragonese, Greek, and Italian, as well as in Old French. However, this is the first translation into English or any other modern language of the Old French text, thus opening its content to a wider audience.

Members of the Medieval Chronicle Society can order it by visiting the following site and using

code ASH07, valid for a 50% discount: https://www.routledge.com/products/9780754631521 .

Proceedings of the XIVth Congress of the International Courtly Literature Society – Lisbon 2013

Parodies courtoises, parodies de la courtoisie, ed. Margarida Madureira, Carlos Clamote Carreto, Ana Paiva Morais. Civilisation médiévale 19. Paris: Classiques Garnier, 2016. 577 p. ISBN 978-2-8124-6061-6.

Entre la subversion comique, l’inversion ironique, le glissement intertextuel et la satire, la parodie désigne ce pharmakon qu’est la culture courtoise où toute norme engendre sa contre-norme, toute affirmation auctoriale donne lieu à un détournement des sources et tout modèle enfante sa réécriture paradoxale
Table des matières

Between comic subversion, ironic inversion, intertextual slippage, and satire, parody designates the pharmakon that is the courtly culture in which all norms engender counter-norms, all authorial affirmations lead to the misappropriation of sources, and all models produce paradoxical rewritings.
Table of contents

This book includes a small number of articles which are directly or partly related to the chronicle or the ‘chanson de geste’.

England

Hardyng’s Chronicle: Edited from British Library MS Lansdowne 204. Vol. I. Ed. James Simpson and Sarah Peverley. TEAMS Middle English Texts Series. Kalamazoo, MI: Medieval Institue Publications, 2015. ISBN 978-1-58044-213-8. $ 29.95.

Like all other editions in this series, this volume is also available on the internet:

http://d.lib.rochester.edu/teams/publication/simpson-pevereley-hardyng-chronicle

Orderic Vitalis: Life, Works and Interpretations. Ed. Charles Rozier, Dan Roach, Elisabeth van Houts, Giles E. M. Gasper. Boydell and Brewer, 2016.

John O. Ward, ‘Ordericus Vitalis as Historian in the Europe of the early Twelfth-Century Renaissaance.’ Parergon 31 (2014): 1-26.

–––, ‘William of Malmesbury: Chronicler, Antiquarian or Historian?’ In Sverre Bagge’s Festschrift (see under “Scandinavia”), pp. 271-313.

[Middle English Prose BrutLe Brut moyen-anglais en prose (version commune des origines à 1333), trad. française de Marie-Françoise Alamichel. Brepols, 2016. 571 p. ISBN: 978-2-503-56760-0. € 90.

France

“Hugo van Fleury, Historia Ecclesiastica. Editio altera,” ed. L. M. de Ruiter. Unpublished PhD Thesis (Rijksuniversiteit Groningen, 2016). The full text, with an introduction in Dutch, is available at: http://www.rug.nl/research/portal/files/31809337/Complete_thesis.pdf!null

France / Ireland – See Ireland / France

Germany

Deutsches Literatur-Lexikon Das Mittelalter. Hg. von Wolfgang Achnitz Bd. 3: Reiseberichte und Geschichtsdichtung. Berlin/ Boston: De Gruyter 2012. 1240 Spalten.

Der Titel ist nicht ganz korrekt: Der Band verzeichnet, in chronologischer Reihung, lateinische wie deutschsprachige Chronistik des Reiches sowie die Reise- und Pilgerberichte.

 Verfasser-Datenbank

Autoren der deutschsprachigen Literatur und des deutschsprachigen Raums: Von den Anfängen bis zur Gegenwart. [Database of Authors: Writers of German-Language Literature and the German-Speaking World – From the Beginning to the Present Day]; see: https://www.degruyter.com/view/db/vdbo .

From 2012 on, the Verfasser-Datenbank (Database of Authors) enables, for the first time, the renowned standard reference works Die deutsche Literatur des MittelaltersDeutscher Humanismus 1480-1520Frühe Neuzeit in Deutschland 1520-1620 and the Killy-Literaturlexikon to be used systematically in electronic form. Over 20,000 lexicon articles on authors of German literature, ranging from the very beginnings to the present, were cross-linked in the database and their content can be accessed in a targeted manner using differentiated search criteria. In ongoing updates, the part of the database relating to the Middle Ages is revised in terms of content and supplemented by many current literature references which are linked to the library collections. An advisory board of established experts guarantees the high academic quality of the content revision.

  • Based on over 20,000 articles, the database provides comprehensive and reliable information about literary authors in the German-speaking world from the Middle Ages to the present
  • Targeted research by names, titles of works, epochs, manuscripts, places of printing, literature references etc.
  • Ongoing content revision of the ‘dictionary of authors’ Die deutsche Literatur des Mittelalters (German Literature of the Middle Ages)
  • Updated references to all articles at publication and a further 3,500 per year
  • Quarterly updates
  • Linking to the library collections
  • Citability ensured thanks to DOI for each article

Items by Jürgen Wolf: KaiserchronikProsakaiserchronikBuch der Könige Alte EeBuch der Könige Neue Ee

 German / Russian

Von mittelalterlichen und neuzeitlichen Beständen in russischen Bibliotheken und Archiven. Ergebnisse der Tagungen des deutsch-russischen Arbeitskreises an der Philipps-Universität Marburg (2012) und an der Lomonossov-Universität Moskau (2013), hg. von Natalija Ganina, Klaus Klein, Catherine Squires, Jürgen Wolf. Akademie gemeinnütziger Wissenschaften zu Erfurt, Sonderschriften 47; Deutsch-russische Forschungen zur Buchgeschichte 3 (Erfurt: Akademie 2016).

Ireland / France

Keith Busby, Two Irelands: French in Medieval Ireland, Ireland in Medieval French. Turnhout: Brepols, 2017.

It has a long section on La geste des engleis en Yrlande, a vernacular account of the invasion of Ireland by the Cambro-Normans, usually referred to as ‘the English’. It relates the same events as the Expugnatio Hibernica of Giraldus, and may be of some interest to specialists in chronicle studies.

Italy

Luigi Andrea Berto, La guerra, la violenza, gli altri e la frontiera nella “Venetia” altomedievale. Pisa: Pisa University Press, 2016.

Sicily’s Rebellion Against King Charles: The Story of the Sicilian Vespers, trans. with a commentary by Louis Mendola. Trinacria Editions LLC, 2016. 328 p. ISBN: 978-1943639038. $ 26.

This is a translation (with accompanying commentary) of the memoir of John of Procida written as a chronicle in Middle Sicilian around 1290 as Lu Rebellamentu di Sichilia contra Re Carlu. The chronicle of John of Procida brings us the spy story, the swashbuckler, the wartime saga and the morality play in a work that transcends any single genre. For historians, the chronicle is a key source in the study of the Sicilian Vespers uprising of 1282, an event that changed the course of European and Mediterranean history. It is also the earliest known narrative prose (rather than poetry) in a vernacular Italian language, pre-dating by decades the first works of this kind written in Tuscan. Most medieval chronicles were written in Latin, but this one was meant for ordinary people.

Scandinavia

Festschrift for Sverre Bagge: The Creation of Medieval Northern Europe: Christianization, Social Transformation and Historiography: essays in honour of Sverre Bagge. Ed. Leidulf Melve and Sigbjørn Sonnesyn. Oslo: Dreyer Forlag, 2012.

Spain

Jaume Aurell, La Historiografía medieval. Entre la historia y la literatura. València: Universitat de València, 2016. 184 pp. ISBN: 978-84-370-9922-4.

La historiografía medieval, entre la historia y la literatura (The Medieval historiography, between history and literature) analyses the content and forms of historical writing in the Middle Ages, and its projection into modern historiography. The first part of the book explores the historical genres practised by medieval historians such as annals, genealogies, autobiographies, chronicles and urban and universal histories. The second part examines the theoretical and practical problems related to medieval and modern historiography, pointing out key parallels between them. The final chapters focus on the interpretation of recent historiographical tendencies in the interpretation of historical texts, such as new medievalism, new philology, and new historicism.

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Calls for Papers

Congress of the International Arthurian Society: 24–29 July 2017

Since King Arthur figures in many chronicles members may be interested to know that the organisers of the XXVth Congress of the International Arthurian Society at Würzburg University, Germany, kindly invite them to participate.

Conference website

“Brut Narratives, Lawman’s Brut, and the Conception of Britain”: 26–29 June, 2017

Papers on any aspect of Lawman’s vibrant and compelling early Middle English verse chronicle are welcome. But especially encouraged are paper proposals that address comparatively the way that Lawman, Wace, Geoffrey of Monmouth, and/or any other relevant or illuminating Brut narrative, imagine the conception of Britain. For our purposes in this conference “conception” can mean origins, beginnings, and genealogies; the concepts and conceits Lawman and other writers turn to in order to constitute Britain as a distinct political, ethnic, and cultural entity; and finally how Lawman and other writers conceptualize Britain as meaningful and significant.

Proposals of 300 words or less should be submitted by Oct. 15, 2016 to:

Joseph Parry

Brigham Young University – Provo, UT 84602 – USA

joseph_parry@byu.edu

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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@comcast.net or croiniceoir@gmail.com, 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.

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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

http://www.nd.edu/~medinst/funding/funding.html
Notre Dame has substantial collections of microfilms and facsimiles, which may be searched here:

http://medieval.library.nd.edu/mss_microfilms/
http://medieval.library.nd.edu/mss_facs/

http://homepages-nw.uni-regensburg.de/~dug22463/FAZ_22May2011_p60-63.PDF

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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<@>liv.ac.uk. 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.

Professor Sarah Peverley – School of English – 19 Abercromby Square – Liverpool, L69 7ZG – UK

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The Medieval Chronicle Society – https://medievalchronicle.org/

For information contact:

Dr Erik Kooper
Dept of English – Utrecht University – The Netherlands
E-mail: e.s.kooper<@>uu.nl

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]uab.pt

Website of the conference:

https://ielt.fcsh.unl.pt/pt/congressos-coloquios-jornadas/2010

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)

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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:

http://www.brill.com/products/series/medieval-chronicle

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

The Medieval Chronicle 10 has now appeared and is available from the publisher:

http://www.brill.com/products/book/medieval-chronicle-x

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.

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

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New Publications

General

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.

http://scholarworks.iu.edu/journals/index.php/tmr

England

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:

https://boydellandbrewer.com/the-prose-brut-and-other-late-medieval-chronicles-hb.html.

France

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

(see : http://www.classiques-garnier.com/editions/index.php?option=com_virtuemart&page= shop.product_details&flypage=flypage_garnier.tpl&product_id=2439&vmcchk=1&Itemid=1)

Germany

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).

Poland

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

STUDIES ON 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:

http://www.aph-ihpan.edu.pl/index.php/pl/zeszyty/spisy-tresci/2-uncategorised/24-volume-112.html

Portugal/Spain

See the article by Robert Plötz, under Germany

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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.

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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: utrechtsekronieken.nl. 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 (B.Jaski@uu.nl)

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Medieval Chronicles from Wales

http://croniclau.bangor.ac.uk/chronicles.php.en

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

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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@comcast.net or croiniceoir@gmail.com, 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.

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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

http://www.nd.edu/~medinst/funding/funding.html

Notre Dame has substantial collections of microfilms and facsimiles, which may be searched here:

http://medieval.library.nd.edu/mss_microfilms/
http://medieval.library.nd.edu/mss_facs/

http://homepages-nw.uni-regensburg.de/~dug22463/FAZ_22May2011_p60-63.PDF

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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]liv.ac.uk. 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.

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

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 – Isabel.Dias@uab.pt

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)

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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.

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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: http://www.rodopi.nl/senj.asp?SerieId=MC .

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.

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New Publications

General

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.

http://scholarworks.iu.edu/journals/index.php/tmr

Cyprus

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.

England

John Page, The Siege of Rouen. Ed. Joanna Bellis. Middle English Texts 51. Heidelberg: Winter, 2015. http://www.winter-verlag.de/en/detail/978-3-8253-6426-/Bellis_Ed_John_Page_s_The_Siege_of_Rouen/

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.

France

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.

Germany

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.

Italy

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

Russia

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: https://sites.google.com/site/pskovrelease3/.

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 dsavignac@aol.com.

Spain

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.

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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: utrechtsekronieken.nl. 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 (B.Jaski@uu.nl)

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Medieval Chronicles from Wales

http://croniclau.bangor.ac.uk/chronicles.php.en

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

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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 historiansofmedievaliberia@gmail.com.

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

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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@comcast.net or croiniceoir@gmail.com, 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.

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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

http://www.nd.edu/~medinst/funding/funding.html
Notre Dame has substantial collections of microfilms and facsimiles, which may be searched here:

http://medieval.library.nd.edu/mss_microfilms/
http://medieval.library.nd.edu/mss_facs/
http://homepages-nw.uni-regensburg.de/~dug22463/FAZ_22May2011_p60-63.PDF

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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]liv.ac.uk. 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.

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The Medieval Chronicle Society – https://medievalchronicle.org/

For information contact:

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

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

Newsletter 15

28 January, 2016

7th International Conference
The Medieval Chronicle / Die mittelalterliche Chronik/ La Chronique au Moyen Age
7 – 10 July 2014, Liverpool, UK

The Society’s seventh triennial conference convened in Liverpool on Monday 7th July this year, hosted by Sarah Peverly, Godfried Croenen and Rebecca Dixon, together with their delightful team of student helpers who took care of us throughout the four-day event. Once again we had an array of excellent papers from the 80 members in attendance, many of which led to lively and valuable discussions. The key-note speakers were Marcus Bull of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, who gave a paper on the eyewitness as the chronicler’s source; Chris Young and Mark Chinca of Cambridge, who spoke about their project on the Middle High German Kaiserchronik; and Anne Hedeman of Kansas on artwork in the Grandes chroniques de France. The technical facilities in the Rendall Building were excellent, and a fine buffet lunch was provided each day in Vine Court, where many of the conference participants were also sleeping. On the Wednesday evening we enjoyed a banquet in the central hall of the Victoria Gallery and Museum. Our General Meeting was held on the Thursday afternoon. On behalf of all those who attended, we extend our congratulations and warmest thanks to the conference organizers for the wonderful welcome and for their smooth running of the whole event.

Graeme Dunphy, International President MCS

In addition to our President’s brief account of the Liverpool conference in general, two decisions of the General Meeting should be mentioned:

  1. After an enthusiastic and alluring presentation by Rodrigo Furtado, members accepted the proposal of the Portuguese team, and decided that the next International Conference should take place in Lisbon, Portugal.
  2. As is well known, the MCS is a virtual society in the sense that, apart from the International President, we do not have an International Executive Committee or any other kind of governing body, nor do we have membership fees. But occasionally some money is needed, e.g. for the upkeep of our website, or as seedmoney for a conference. It was therefore decided that in future from every participant of our international conferences 10 euro will be asked as a contribution to these general MCS expenses. These contributions will be collected by the conference organisers, but kept apart from the regular conference administration. After the conference the money will be transferred to the MCS bankaccount, which for this purpose will be opened by Erik Kooper.

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8th International Conference
The Medieval Chronicle / Die mittelalterliche Chronik/ La Chronique au Moyen Age
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@uab.pt
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The Medieval Chronicle Series

IMPORTANT NOTICE

Earlier this year Editions Rodopi, the publishing firm with whom we have had such good relations for many years, was taken over by Brill Publishers, the old, well-established Dutch academic publisher. For vol. 9 will still appear in the old Rodopi format, but after this the series will be continued under Brill | Rodopi. This means that from vol. 10 a few things will 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.

The Medieval Chronicle 9 – Has been sent to the publisher and is expected to appear later this year or early in 2015.

The Medieval Chronicle 10 – Complete; to appear in 2015.

The Medieval Chronicle 11 and 12 – To appear in 2016 and 2017; 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.

Volumes of The Medieval Chronicle can be ordered from bookstores or directly from the publisher: http://www.rodopi.nl/senj.asp?SerieId=MC

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New Publications

General

Elisabeth Mégier, Christliche Weltgeschichte im 12. Jahrhundert: Themen, Variationen und Kontraste.

Untersuchungen zu Hugo von Fleury, Ordericus Vitalis und Otto von Freising.

Beihefte zur Mediaevistik hg. von Peter Dinzelbacher 13. Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang, 2010. 437 S.
ISBN 978-3-631-60072-6 (Softcover). € 81.

England

Lisa Ruch, Albina and Her Sisters: The Foundation of Albion.

Amherst, NY: Cambria Press, 2014.

Many cultures, including Greeks, Romans, French, and British, have taken great pride in legends that recount the foundation of their society. This book demonstrates the contexts in which a medieval British matriarchal legend, the Albina narrative, was paired over time with a patriarchal narrative, which was already widely disseminated, leading to the attribution of British origins to the warrior Brutus. By the close of the Middle Ages, the Albina tale had appeared in multiple versions in French, Latin, English, Welsh, and Dutch. This study investigates the classical roots of the narrative and the ways it was manipulated in the Middle Ages to function as a national foundation legend. Of especial interest are the dynamic qualities of the text: how it was adapted over the span of two centuries to meet the changing needs of medieval writers and audiences.

The currency in the Middle Ages of the Albina narrative is attested to by its inclusion in nearly all the extant manuscripts of the Middle English Prose Brut, many of the French and Latin Bruts, and in a variety of other chronicles and romances. In total, there are over 230 manuscripts surviving today that contain versions of the Albina tale.

Michelle R. Warren, ed. Situating the Middle English Prose Brut.

Published in The Journal of Digital Philology 3.2 (2014) – out this December

(See their website: http://muse.jhu.edu/journals/digital_philology/)

Contents:

Michelle R. Warren, ‘Situating Digital Archives’

Deborah Howe and Michelle R. Warren, ‘The Dartmouth Brut: Conservation, Authenticity, Dissemination (a photo essay)’

Edward Donald Kennedy, ‘Fifteenth-Century Historiography and the Dartmouth Brut

Lister M. Matheson†, ‘Contextualizing the Dartmouth Brut: From Professional Manuscripts to “The Worst Little Scribbler in Surrey”’

Ryan Perry, ‘Making Histories:  Locating the Belfast Fragment of the Middle English Prose Brut

Elizabeth J. Bryan, ‘Deciphering the Brut: Lambeth Palace MS 6 and the Perils of Transmission’

Emily Ulrich, ‘Echoes in the Margins: Reading the Dartmouth Brut in Early Modern England’

Julia Marvin, ‘Making Sense of Annotations in Brut Manuscripts’

Matthew Fisher, ‘Encountering the Dartmouth Brut in the Midst of History’

Wales / England

Alicia Marchant, The Revolt of Owain Glyndŵr in Medieval English Chronicles. York Medieval Press/ Boydell and Brewer, 2014. ISBN: 9781903153550. Pages: 290. £ 60.

The revolt of Owain Glyndŵr (1400-c.1415) was a remarkable event in both English and Welsh contexts, and as such was narrated by a number of chroniclers, including Adam Usk, John Capgrave, Thomas Walsingham and Edward Halle. They offer a range of perspectives on the events, as well as portrayals of the main characters (especially, of course, Glyndŵr himself), the communities involved, and Wales.

This book studies the representations of the revolt in English chronicles, from 1400 up to1580. It focuses on the narrative strategies employed, offers a new reading of the texts as literary constructs, and explores the information they present.

Alicia Marchant is a Research Associate in the ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions at the University of Western Australia.

 Germany

Patrizia Carmassi / Eva Schlotheuber / Almut Breitenbach (Hgg.), Schriftkultur und religiöse Zentren im norddeutschen Raum. Wolfenbütteler Mittelalter-Studien Bd. 24. Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz, 2014. ISBN978-3-447-10016-8; 548 S., 87 Schwarzweiß- und 19 Farbabbildungen. € 108.
Viele der 11 Beiträge behandeln oder benutzen immer wieder norddeutsche Chroniken des 12.-15. Jahrhunderts. Besonders wichtig: Hedwig Röckelein, Schriftlandschaften – Bildungslandschaften – religiöse Landschaften in Norddeutschland, S. 19-139 – der erste Überblick über norddeutsche Schreiborte des Mittelalters überhaupt. Zwei Beiträge behandeln den Einfluß deutscher Schriftlichkeit auf Finnland und Schwedisch-Finnland, einer den Kulturtransfer der Devotio moderna.

(Rezension von Volker Honemann, zu erscheinen in der Revue d’Historie Ecclésiastique 2015)

Lars-Arne Dannenberg / Mario Müller (Hgg.), Studien zur neuzeitlichen Geschichtsschreibung in den böhmischen Kronländern Schlesien, Oberlausitz und Niederlausitz, Görlitz-Zittau 2013. Beihefte zum Neuen Lausitzischen Magazin 11. 378 S. ISBN: 978-3.938583-99-9. € 30.

Tino Fröde (Hg.), Chronik der Stadt Zittau 1255-1623. Scriptores rerum lusaticarum Bd. VIII. Görlitz 2013. ISBN 978-3-9814990-4-9. € 25.

Sehr interessante deutschsprachige Chronik mit vielen Liedern, makkaronischen Texten, Sprüchen etc. Die Oberlausitzische Gesellschaft der Wissenschaften nimmt damit die alte, renommierte Publikationsreihe der SS rerum lusaticarum wieder auf.

Speer, Christian, ‘Die „Historicae Relationes“ des Sebastian Frank († um 1676). Zur Rückkehr einer verschollenen Chronik nach Görlitz.’ In Görlitzer Magazin. Geschichte und Gegenwart der Stadt Görlitz und ihrer Umgebung 26 (2013): 90–96.

This is a short article about a chronicle that was lost in the Second World War and came back to Görlitz in 2013. This chronicle is a ‘History of Görlitz and the Upper Lusatia’ which is composed of late medieval and early modern chronicles and other sources (partly lost today).

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Calls for Papers

Identity, Ethnicity and Nationhood before Modernity: Old Debates and New Perspectives

24–26 April, 2015, The Oxford Centre for Research in Humanities

The keynote lectures will be given by Caspar Hirschi, Len Scales, Walter Pohl, Susan Reynolds and Tim Whitmarsh.

Scholars working on pre-modern collective identities too often avoid the challenge of modernism, either by using allegedly unproblematic terminology of ethnicity or by employing the vocabulary of nationhood uncritically. This conference, therefore, aims at tackling these difficult theoretical issues head on. This can only truly be achieved by bringing together a range of researchers working on ancient, late antique, early medieval, high medieval, late medieval, and early modern ethnicity and nationhood. Thus we hope to reinvigorate discussion of pre-modern ethnicity and nationhood, as well as to go beyond the unhelpful chronological divisions which have emerged through surprisingly fragmented research on pre-modern collective identities.

Prospective speakers are invited to submit abstracts of approximately 300 words. Submissions should include name, affiliation and contact details. The deadline for submissions is 1 November 2014. For more information about the conference or to submit an abstract, please email the committee at:

ilya.afanasyev@history.ox.ac.uk or nicholas.matheou@pmb.ox.ac.uk.

William of Malmesbury and his Legacy

3–5 July 2015, The Ioannou Centre for Classical and Byzantine Studies, University of Oxford

Keynote lectures will be given by Rod Thomson, Michael Winterbottom and John Ward.

The organizing committee of the conference ‘William of Malmesbury and his Legacy’ invites paper proposals from prospective speakers. This three-day conference, supported by Oxford’s Faculties of History, English and Classics and the Oxford Research Centre for Humanities (TORCH), is timed to coincide with the completion of Michael Winterbottom’s and Rodney Thomson’s edition of William of Malmesbury’s Miracles of the Virgin. When this volume is printed, all works of William will have been published in modern scholarly editions—a momentous occasion which our conference intends to celebrate. In bringing together scholars working on all aspects of William’s works, the goal of the conference is twofold: 1) to review and reflect on existing scholarship, and 2) to encourage further research on one of the most important authors of twelfth-century Europe.

Prospective speakers are invited to submit abstracts of 200–300 words. Submissions should include name, affiliation and durable contact details. The deadline for submissions is 1 December 2014. For more information about the conference, to join the conference mailing list or to submit an abstract, please email the committee at:

william.malmesbury@history.ox.ac.uk.

Organizing committee: Rod Thomson, Ilya Afanasyev and Emily Winkler

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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@comcast.net orcroiniceoir@gmail.com, 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.

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Please pay attention, once again, 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@ceu.hu

Ivan Jurković – ivanj@unipu.hr

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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

http://www.nd.edu/~medinst/funding/funding.html
Notre Dame has substantial collections of microfilms and facsimiles, which may be searched here:

http://medieval.library.nd.edu/mss_microfilms/
http://medieval.library.nd.edu/mss_facs/

http://homepages-nw.uni-regensburg.de/~dug22463/FAZ_22May2011_p60-63.PDF

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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 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[@]liv.ac.uk. 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.

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The Medieval Chronicle Society – https://medievalchronicle.org/

For information contact:

Dr Erik Kooper

Dept of English – Trans 10 – 3512 JK Utrecht – The Netherlands

E-mail: e.s.kooper[@]uu.nl

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):

http://www.liv.ac.uk/histories-languages-and-cultures/research/conference-on-the-medieval-chronicle/registration/

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:

medievalchronicle[at]liverpool.ac.uk

We look forward to welcoming you to Liverpool in July.

Best wishes,

The Organisers

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

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

Dr Damien Kempf (History) – kempf{at}liverpool.ac.uk

Dr Rebecca Dixon (French) – Rebecca.Dixon{at}liverpool.ac.uk

 

 

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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}ceu.hu

Ivan Jurković – ivanj{at}unipu.hr

 

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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.

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New Publications

General

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

 

England

Paul Remfry has recently published a translation of the Wigmore Chronicle

(see http://www.castles99.ukprint.com/Essays/Wigchron.html).

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.

Germany

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.

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Conferences

 

Spain

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

See: http://reinaseinfantasmedievales.weebly.com/

 

Portugal

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: http://www.gemela.org

 

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: http://www.gemela.org

 

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: http://www.gemela.org

 

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}morris.umn.edu

 

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Calls for Papers

Anglo-Norman Texts, Language and Contexts

The Anglo-Norman Dictionary (www.anglo-norman.net) 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

http://www.anglo-norman.net

Aberystwyth University

 

Portugal

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}fcsh.unl.pt

 

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

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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}comcast.net 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 http://ashgate.com/outlawstudies.

 

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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

http://www.nd.edu/~medinst/funding/funding.html
Notre Dame has substantial collections of microfilms and facsimiles, which may be searched here:

http://medieval.library.nd.edu/mss_microfilms/
http://medieval.library.nd.edu/mss_facs/

http://homepages-nw.uni-regensburg.de/~dug22463/FAZ_22May2011_p60-63.PDF

 

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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}liv.ac.uk. 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

 

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The Medieval Chronicle Society – https://medievalchronicle.org/

 

For information contact:

Dr Erik Kooper

Dept of English

Trans 10

3512 JK Utrecht – The Netherlands

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