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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

7th International Conference on the Medieval Chronicle

31 March, 2014

Registration is now open for the 7th International Conference on the Medieval Chronicle. Further information available here:

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

Newsletter 12

1 August, 2013

Newsletter / Bulletin / Rundschreiben 12

Summer / Eté / Sommer 2013

  

7th International Conference

The Medieval Chronicle / Die mittelalterliche Chronik

La Chronique au Moyen Age

7 – 10 July 2014

University of Liverpool

Liverpool, UK

CALL FOR PAPERS

Papers in English, French or German are invited on any aspect of Medieval Chronicle. Papers will be allocated to sections to give coherence and contrast; authors should  identify the main theme to which their paper relates. Papers read at the conference will be strictly limited to twenty (20) minutes in length. The deadline for abstracts is Monday 21 October 2013 (maximum length one (1) side A4 paper, including bibliography).

For further information see the website:

https://medievalchronicle.org/2013/06/06/call-for-papers-seventh-international-conference-on-the-medieval-chronicle/

 

or contact the organisers:

Dr Godfried Croenen

School of Cultures, Languages and Area Studies

University of Liverpool

Liverpool, Merseyside,

L69 7ZR, UK

G.Croenen{at}liverpool{dot}ac{dot}uk

Dr Sarah Peverley

School of English

University of Liverpool

Liverpool, Merseyside,

L69 7ZR, UK

S.Peverley{at}liverpool{dot}ac{dot}uk

Dr Damien Kempf

Departmentof History

University of Liverpool

Liverpool, Merseyside,

L69 7WZ, UK

D.Kempf{at}liverpool{dot}ac{dot}uk

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The Medieval Chronicle Series

The Medieval Chronicle VIII has gone to press!

All being well, vol. VIII will appear in the autumn of 2013.

Call for contributions for vols. IX and X

Members are reminded that we are – of course  – already looking ahead to vols. IX and X. Vol. IX is almost complete, but we can still accept a few contributions. Vol. X 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 conferencethey are encouraged to submit papers. Those who intend to do so are requested to use the stylesheet attached to this Newsletter.

 

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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{dot}ac{dot}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, Chatham Street – Liverpool, L69 7ZR

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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

New Publications

John Spence, Reimagining History in Anglo-Norman Prose Chronicles

978 1 90315 345 1, 2 b/w illus.; 236pp, 23.4 x 15.6, HB, York Medieval Press

The medieval Anglo-Norman prose chronicles are fascinating hybrids of history, legends and romance. Their prime subject is the history of England, but they also shed much light on other networks of influence, such as those between families and religious houses. This book studies the essential characteristics of the genre for the first time, situating Anglo-Norman prose chronicles within the multilingual cultures of late medieval England. It considers the chronicles’ treatment of the “legendary history of Britain”, legends about English heroes, accounts of the Norman Conquest, and histories of noble families.

£55.00, Special Offer Price: £38.50 (30% Discount) (see the attached form)

Varia

Call 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

Please contact the session organizers at anglonormandictionary{at}gmail{dot}com by September 15 with a short summary of your proposal.

For general  information about the IMC, please visit: http://www.leeds.ac.uk/ims/imc/

Dr. Heather Pagan

Editor, Anglo-Norman Dictionary

http://www.anglo-norman.net

Aberystwyth University

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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{dot}nl

Author Style Sheet The Medieval Chronicle (English)                                     (2013)

1. Presentation
Your text should be submitted in a Word format. Leave wide margins to allow space for the copy-editor’s annotations. Use double spacing throughout, includ­ing quotations, bibliography and notes. Provide a heading with your name, and number each page at the top right-hand corner.

2. Subsection Headings or Titles
Apart from the first word, which should have an initial capital, use roman bold lower case, left aligned, with or without numbering. Leave no space between subsection heading or title and text.
3. Italics and Single Quotation Marks
Use italics for titles of books and journals, and for foreign words. Do not italicize foreign words which are now in common English use: vice versa, status quo, laissez-faire. Titles of poems (unless book length), chapters and articles should be in roman with single quotation marks. Put individual texts in collections, as in Boccaccio’s Decamerone or Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales, in single quotation marks: ‘The Knight’s Tale’ .

4. Abbreviations and Contractions
Use roman for: c. (circa; not followed by a space, so c.1234), ibid., e.g., i.e., et al., but italics for ad hoc, de facto, [sic], the latter in square brackets.

Do not use full stops in abbreviations consisting of capital letters only: MGH (Monumenta Germaniae Historica), or EETS (Early English Text Society). Use italics if the expanded version is italicized: DNB (Dictionary of National Biography). Use an abbreviation (without full stops) such as ME, OF before a linguistic form but not in running prose: Middle English verse; the Old French language. Do not use the abbreviations MS or MSS in running prose, but write the words in full. If you do use the abbreviated form (e.g. in a reference to a particular manuscript), omit full stop.

Elsewhere, use a full stop at the end of a truncation/abbreviation which does not include the final letter of the word: p. (page), Fr. (French), ed. (editor), trans. (translator). Do not use a full stop after a contraction which ends with the final letter of the word: Dr, edn (edition); fols. and vols. are exceptions.

5. Dates
Dates should be in the form Friday, 30 September 1312; 30 September 1312; 30 September; September 1312. BC follows the date, but AD precedes it: 30 BC; AD 451. Deaths: †1472 (no space).

6. Numbers
Numbers below 20 should be spelt out, except in series or tables. Centuries should be spelt out: thirteenth century; with a hyphen when used adjectivally: thirteenth-century writers.
Elision of numbers: to the last two digits, so 11-18, 107-08, 243-44, 246-76, 2435-38, but 7419-510.

7. Punctuation
Do not use commas before the final ‘and’ or ‘or’ in lists: Arthur, Gawain and Launcelot. Do not use apostrophes in decades: the nineties, the 1450s, or in plural forms such as PhDs.

8. Upper and Lower Case
Use lower case for pronouns referring to God. Use caps in King Arthur (where it is a title), but lower case for terms signifying rank, as in: Arthur, king of England; Richard, duke of York. Use lower case for ‘medieval’ but capitals for ‘Middle Ages’.

9. Quotations
Quotations of up to four lines (around fifty words) should be incorporated into the text within single quotation marks. Use double quotation marks for quota­tions within quotations.

Quotations of more than four lines should be indented and typed without quotation marks.

Use square brackets if you insert any words into a quotation.

Where a quotation forms a complete sentence, place the quotation mark outside the concluding stop, whether a full stop, question mark or exclamation mark. Where the quotation ends a sentence of your own, place the quotation mark inside the concluding stop of your sentence.

If you quote more than once from the same text, use an abbreviated title, plus book, chapter and/or the line or page reference. Put these in brackets at the end of the quotation.

Examples of references to sources in indented quotations:

E cuemo quier que las estorias de los gentiles cuenten que este caual­lero que a Juliano mato que fue de los de la otra parte, fallamos nos escripto en la uida de sant Basilio, arçobispo de Cesarea, que este cauallero fue sant Mercurio el martir. (PCG I: 201a)

(And although the histories of the gentiles tell that this horseman who killed Julian was one of the opposite party, we find written in the life of Saint Basil, archbishop of Caesarea, that this horseman was Saint Mer­cury, the martyr.)

Or:

Cum mecum multa et de multis saepius animo reuoluens in hystoriam regum Britanniae inciderem, in mirum contuli quod infra mentionem quam de eis Gildas et Beda luculento tractatu fecerant nichil de regibus qui ante incarnationem Christi inhabitauerant, nichil etiam de Arturo ceterisque compluribus qui post incarnationem successerunt repperis­sem, cum et gesta eorum digna aeternitate laudis constarent et a multis populis quasi inscripta iocunde et memoriter praedicentur.

(While my mind was often pondering many things in many ways, my thoughts turned to the history of the kings of Britain, and I was sur­prised that, among the references to them in the fine works of Gildas and Bede, I had found nothing concerning the kings who lived here before Christ’s Incarnation, and nothing about Arthur and the many others who succeeded after it, even though their deeds were worthy of eternal praise and are proclaimed by many people as if they had been entertainingly and memorably written down; HRB § 1, pp. 5, 4)

10. Paragraphs
Use indentation to signal the start of a paragraph (except after a title, e.g. of a subsection, or a line of white). If you do not do this, it is often difficult to tell after an indented quotation whether a new paragraph is intended.

11. Spelling
For English, adopt the spellings of the Shorter Oxford English Dictionary. Where there are alternative ‑ise/‑ize spellings, use the latter. Spell ‘medieval’ with ‘e’, not ‘ae’.

12. Notes
Notes should be indicated by superscript numbers and listed at the end of the article. A superscript number should follow the adjacent punctuation: ‘the ear­liest known text’,4 (not ‘the earliest known text’4, or ‘the earliest known text4’,).

13. References

All papers must be followed by a bibliography with full details. Therefore references in the body of the text or in the notes may be limited to author, date and page. Such references should be given between brackets, e.g. ‘… as has recently been argued (Ainsworth 2006)’, or ‘… as said by Dumville (2002: 21)’. In case more than three authors/texts are referred to, the reference should be given in a note.

 

14. Bibliography

The bibliography should comprise two categories:

Primary sources / Sources / Quellen

Secondary literature / Études / Sekundärliteratur

Entries under primary sources should give the author’s name first (if known), followed by the title; the title is followed by the name of the editor or translator. Make sure you use the form of the author’s name as is given in the title of the work, with first name or initials preceding surname, and with spaces between initials and between initials and surname: E. T. Donaldson.

Series title and number: title in roman (if initials only, use caps without spaces between them; no commas between sets of initials: EETS ES, MHG SS). Series number in arabic numerals, without punctuation between series title and numerals: Studies of the Warburg Institute 32; EETS ES 74; if citing a two-volume text, put a comma between the two numerals: EETS OS 131, 136.

Number of edition if not first: give numbers as 2nd, 3rd (not spelt out); abbrevi­ate edition as edn, without full stop. Number of volumes if more than one: 2 vols.

Place, publisher and year(s) of publication: enclosed in brackets. Do not precede bracket by comma. Include publisher only for post-WW II publications. In case of a photographic reprint which is not a new edition, cite the original date only, and place, publisher and date of the reprint. If the text is multi-volume, give first and last years of publication in the form ‘ 1904–1913’; in references give volume number in roman numeral capitals, not preceded by ‘vol.’, e.g. ‘… according to Noble (1999: II, 683)’.

Page number(s) of passage cited: preceded by ‘p.’ or ‘pp.’, unless a volume or series number has been included, in which case omit ‘p.’ (see example in previous paragraph). Give first and last pages of citation, in the form ‘pp. 231-37’, not ‘pp. 231 ff.’ If citing two separate pages, use comma: 21, 34.

If abbreviated titles are used for referencing, indicate that as follows:

– ‘Referred to as [abbr. title], followed by book/chapter number in roman, and page/line quoted in arabic’

– ‘Angeführt als [  ], mit Kapittel und Seite in römische/arabische Zahlen’

– ‘La référence [  ], suivi par le numéro de volume en chiffres romains, et de la page citée / du paragraphe cité en chiffres arabes’

For further details consult the following sample bibliography, mainly based on Noble (2004).

Primary sources

[Choniates, Nicetas]. O City of Byzantium. Trans. H. G. Margoulias. Detroit: Wayne State University Press, 1984.

Clari, Robert de. La Conquête de Constantinople. Ed. P. Lauer. CFMA 40. Paris: Champion, 1924.

[Clari, Robert de]. The Conquest of Constantinople translated from the Old French of Robert of Clari. Trans. Edgar H. McNeal. New York: Octagon Books, 1966.

[Villehardouin, Geoffroy de]. La Conquête de Constantinople. Ed. Jean Dufournet. Paris: Garnier-Flammarion, 1969.

Valenciennes, Henri de. Histoire de l’Empereur Henri de Constantinople. Publiée par Jean Longnon. Paris: Librairie Orientaliste Paul Geuthner, 1948.

Joinville. Vie de saint Louis. Ed. Jacques Monfrin. Paris: Classiques Garnier, 1998.

Joinville and Villehardouin: Chronicles of the Crusades. Trans. Margaret R. B. Shaw. London: Penguin Books, 1963.

Secondary Literature

Beer, J. M. A. (1968). Villehardouin, Epic Historian. Études de philologie et d’histoire 7. Geneva: Droz.

––– (1970). ‘Villehardouin and the Oral Narrative.’ Studies in Philology 67: 267-77.

Boutet, D. (1979). Littérature, Politique et Société dans la France du Moyen Age. Paris: Presses Universitaires de France.

––– (1997). ‘Y a-t-il une idéologie royale dans la Vie de saint Louis de Joinville?’ In Dufournet/Harf (1997). 71-99.

Contamine, P. (1997). ‘Joinville, acteur et spectateur de la guerre d’outremer.’ In Dufournet/Harf (1997). 33-49.

Dufournet, J. (1973). Les Ecrivains de la IVe croisade: Villehardouin et Clari. Paris: Société d’Edition d’Enseignement supérieur.

Dufournet, Jean, et Laurence Harf, eds. (1997). Le Prince et son historien. Paris: Champion.

Gaucher, E. (1997). ‘Joinville et l’écriture biographique.’ In Dufournet/Harf (1997). 101-22.

Kooper, E. S., ed. (2004). The Medieval Chronicle. III. Proceedings of the 3rd International Conference on the Medieval Chronicle. Doorn/Utrecht 12-17 July 2002. Amsterdam: Rodopi.

Lipscomb, Andrew D., ed. (1990). ‘A Fifteenth-Century Prose Paraphrase of Robert of Gloucester’s Chronicle.’ Unpublished PhD-Thesis. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Longnon, J. (1948). See Valenciennes, Henri de.

––– (1966). See Clari, Robert de.

––– (1978). Les Compagnons de Villehardouin: recherches sur les croisés de la quatrième croisade. Hautes Etudes médiévales et modernes 30. Geneva: Droz.

Monfrin, Jacques (1998). See Joinville. Vie de saint Louis.

Noble, P. (1998). ‘Military Leadership in the Old French Epic.’ In Reading around the Epic. Ed. M. Ailes, P. E. Bennett and K. Pratt. London: King’s College. London: Centre for Late Antique and Medieval Studies, 1998. 171-92.

––– (1999). ‘L’Influence de l’épopée sur la chronique d’Henri de Valenciennes.’ In Plaist vos oïr bone cançon vallant? Mélanges de Langue et de Littérature médiévales offerts à François Suard. 2 vols. Ed. D. Boutet, M-M Castellani, F. Ferrand et A. Petit. Lille: Presses Universitaires de Lille. II, 681-89.

––– (2004). ‘Epic Heroes in Thirteenth-Century French Chroniclers.’ In Kooper (2004). 135-48.

Manuscripts

Manuscripts should be identified by location and shelfmark, not just by name: Findern manuscript (Cambridge University Library, Ff. i. 6). In refer­ences to recto or verso of a leaf, put ‘fol.’ with space before numeral; use ‘fols.’ for plural. Specify recto and verso by ‘r’ and ‘v’ without a space between numeral and letter: fol. 44r; fol. 12v. Specify columns by ‘a’ and ‘b’, without space: fol. 44ra; fol. 12vb. Put line numbers last: fol. 44ra9; fol. 12v21. In first references to manuscripts give location and then shelfmark, omitting ‘MS’. Omit place-name if it is included in the name of the library: Lincoln Cathedral Library, 91. If the location includes the word ‘Library’ or its foreign equivalent, put a comma before the shelfmark; otherwise omit comma: Oxford, Balliol College 354.

Further examples:

Oxford, Bodleian Library, Rawlinson C 398, fol. 28v

London, British Library, Caligula A.ix, fol. 44r

London, British Library, Additional 37049

Cambridge, Trinity College O.2.53, fols. 12v-14r.

Subsequent references may be shortened, e.g. Rawlinson C 398, fol. 28v, or BL Add. 37049 (omit comma after BL).

14. Titles and Quotations in Languages Other than that of your Paper

Use the original titles, not translations (unless the translation is being specifi­cally referred to): Historia regum Britanniae, not The History of the Kings of Britain.

– For Latin titles: use capital letters for the first word and any proper nouns, e.g. De consolatione Philosophiae.

– For German titles: use capital letters for the first word and any nouns, e.g. Quellen zur Geschichte der ostdeutschen Kolonisation.

– For French titles: use capital letters for the first word and any proper nouns. If the first word is an article, capitalize the first noun and any intervening adjec­tives. If the first word is neither an article nor an adjective, put all the following words in lower case: La Mort le roi Artu; Le Bel Inconnu, ‘Quand les princes n’épousaient pas les bergères’.

Quotations in the body of the text of more than a few words in languages other than that of the paper (e.g. Latin, Old Icelandic, Arabic, etc.) should normally be translated. The translation should follow the quotation, enclosed in round brackets.

15. References to the Bible
Give the name of the book in roman, preceded by number of the book, if necessary, in roman numerals; chapter and verse(s) in arabic numerals, separated by a full stop: Isaiah 4.4; II Timothy 3.10-17. Use the Vulgate numbering for Psalms.

Call for Papers: Seventh International Conference on the Medieval Chronicle

6 June, 2013

Call for Papers: Seventh International Conference on the Medieval Chronicle

The Liverpool Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies at The University of Liverpool is delighted to announce that the Seventh International Conference on the Medieval Chronicle will take place at the University of Liverpool, 7th – 10th July 2014.

Keynote speakers include: Professor Pauline Stafford (University of Liverpool), Professor Anne D. Hedeman (University of Kansas), Professor Marcus G. Bull (University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill), and Professor Christopher Young  and Dr Mark Chinca (University of Cambridge).

The aim of the seventh conference is to follow the broad outline of the previous six conferences, allowing scholars who work on different aspects of the medieval chronicle (historical, literary, art-historical) to meet, announce new findings and projects, present new methodologies, and discuss the prospects for collaborative research.

The main themes of the conference are:

  1. Chronicle: history or literature?

The chronicle as a historiographical and/or literary genre; genre identification; genre confusion and genre influence; typologies of chronicle; classification; conventions (historiographical, literary or otherwise) and topoi.

  1. The function of the chronicle

The function of chronicles in society; contexts historical, literary and social; patronage; reception of the text(s); literacy; orality; performance.

  1. The form of the chronicle

The language(s) of the chronicle; inter-relationships of chronicles in multiple languages; prose and/or verse chronicles; manuscript traditions and dissemination; the arrangement of the text.

  1. The chronicle and the representation of the past

How chronicles record the past; the relationship with ‘time’; how the reality of the past is encapsulated in the literary form of the chronicle; how chronicles explain the past; motivations given to historical actors; the role of the Divine.

  1. Art and Text in the chronicle

How art functions in manuscripts of chronicles; do manuscript illuminations illustrate the texts or do they provide a different discourse that amplifies, re-enforces or contradicts the verbal text; origin and production of illuminations; relationships between author(s), scribe(s) and illuminator(s).

CALL FOR PAPERS

Papers in English, French or German are invited on any aspect of Medieval Chronicle. Papers will be allocated to sections to give coherence and contrast; authors should  identify the main theme to which their paper relates. Papers read at the conference will be strictly limited to twenty (20) minutes in length. The deadline for abstracts is Saturday 1 February 2014 (maximum length one (1) side A4 paper, including bibliography). Please email your abstract to medchron@liverpool.ac.uk .

The conference will take place on the south campus of the University of Liverpool, near the centre of Liverpool, Merseyside, UK. Liverpool has its own airport – Liverpool John Lennon Airport – with connections to many European cities. Travel through Manchester Airport (which has direct train connections to Liverpool) is also possible. Accommodation will be in Vine Court, newly built en-suite accommodation on the South Campus, fifteenth minutes walk from the centre of Liverpool and Lime Street Station. A variety of guest houses and hotels (at a range of prices) are similarly available near the university.

More information about Vine Court and virtual tours can be found here.

The estimated cost for attending the full conference is £350 (Monday to Friday, inclusive of the conference fee, accommodation for four nights in Vine Court, breakfast, lunch, and two coffee breaks per day). A reduced rate will be offered to students (estimated cost £300). Please note that the estimates do not include evening meals, but there are a variety of restaurants, take aways, coffee shops, and supermarkets within walkable distance for delegates to use in the evenings.

We are very happy to accommodate any delegates wishing to combine attendance at our conference with a visit to Leeds International Medieval Congress, which also takes place 7th – 10th  July 2014. Leeds is approximate two hours from Liverpool by train. Please notify us of your intention to attend both conferences when you submit your abstract and we will work with you to avoid a programming clash.

Additional information about costs, accommodation, travel and registration will be provided shortly on a dedicated conference website.

To download the Call for Papers as a Word Document click here.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT THE ORGANISERS AT MEDCHRON@LIVERPOOL.AC.UK.

Dr Godfried Croenen,
School of Cultures, Languages & Area Studies
University of Liverpool
Liverpool, Merseyside,
L69 7ZR, UK
G.Croenen{at}liverpool.ac.uk

Dr Sarah Peverley
School of English
University of Liverpool
Liverpool, Merseyside,
L69 7ZR, UK
S.Peverley{at}liverpool.ac.uk

Dr Rebecca Dixon
School of Cultures, Languages and Area Studies
University of Liverpool
Liverpool, Merseyside,
L69 7ZR, UK
Rebecca.Dixon{at}liverpool.ac.uk

Dr Damien Kempf
Department of History
University of Liverpool
Liverpool, Merseyside,
L69 7WZ, UK
Kempf{at}liverpool.ac.uk

Newsletter 11

29 May, 2013

Planned 7th International Conference of The Medieval Chronicle, Liverpool July 2014

At the General Meeting on the last day of the conference in Pécs last year it was decided to accept the offer of the University of Liverpool to host the 7th International Conference on the Medieval Chronicle in July 2014. The organsiers are well known to regular congress participants, and our webmasters as well: Godfried Croenen and Sarah Peverley. For more information, see the end of this Newsletter.

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.

The Medieval Chronicle Series, The Medieval Chronicle VIII

At this moment it is clear that most of the space of vol. VIII will go to papers read at the conference in Pécs in 2011. This volume will appear in the spring of 2013.

Call for contributions for vols. IX and X

Members are reminded that we are – of course  – already looking ahead to vols. IX and X, for which they encouraged to submit papers. Those who intend to do so are requested to use the stylesheet attached to this Newsletter.

Research Stipends, Notre Dame’s programs for visiting medievalists

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/

New Publications

Cambridge International Chronicle Symposium 2010 – Proceedings

Julia Dresvina and Nick Sparks, eds., Authority and Gender. Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars, 2012. ISBN 1-4438-4145-5. £ 55, $ 83.

Dr Juliana Dresvina was educated in Moscow, Oxford and Cambridge. She is currently a British Academy postdoctoral fellow at King’s College London and a research member of Wolfson College. Dr Nicholas Sparks gained his first degree in Australia, and received his PhD at the University of Cambridge. He is Visiting Research Fellow at the Institute of English Studies, School of Advanced Study, University of London, and Assistant Librarian at the Warburg Institute.

This volume is an attempt to discuss the ways in which themes of authority and gender can be traced in the writing of chronicles and chronicle-like writings from the early Middle Ages to the Renaissance. With major contributions by fourteen authors, each of them specialists in the field, their studies span full across the compass of medieval and early modern Europe, from England and Scandinavia to Byzantium and the Crusader Kingdoms, embrace a variety of media and methods, and touch evidences from diverse branches of learning such as language and literature, history and art, to name just a few. This is an important collection which will be of the highest utility for students and scholars of language, literature, and history for many years to come
For further information, see:

http://www.c-s-p.org/Flyers/Authority-and-Gender-in-Medieval-and-Renaissance-Chronicles1-4438-4145-5.htm

Classical Antiquity – Early Middle Ages

R. W. Burgess and Michael Kulikowski, Mosaics of Time, The Latin Chronicle Traditions from the First Century BC to the Sixth Century AD. Vol. I. A Historical Introduction to the Chronicle Genre from its Origins to the High Middle Ages. Turnhout: Brepols, 2013; ISBN 978-2-503-53140-3; approx. xiv + 413 pp.; € 95.

This long delayed book will finally be appearing in the new year (we are just finishing the proofs now). This is a comprehensive study of the history of the chronicle genre from Assyria and Babylonia in the second millennium BC to Europe and Byzantium in the twelfth century AD and beyond. The contents are as follows:

Chapter 1. Nomenclature and Genre

Chapter 2. Early Chronicles in the Mediterranean World

Chapter 3. Apologetic Chronography and the Chronographic Works of Eusebius

Chapter 4. The Early Development of Calendars and Consularia

Chapter 5. Consularia and Chronicles in the Later Roman Empire

Chapter 6. Chronicles in the Middle Ages

Conclusion

Appendices

1. The Origin of the Term χρονικη/Chronica

2. The Meaning of the Word Annales

3. Excerpts from Babylonian Chronicles

4. Excerpts from Greek Chronicles in the Greek and Roman Worlds

5. Excerpts from Roman Consularia and Chronicles

6. The Newly Published Leipzig Chronograph

7. Eusebius’s Sources for Secular History and the Identities of Cassius Longinus and Thallus

8. Livy’s Foundation Date

http://www.brepols.net/Pages/ShowProduct.aspx?prod_id=IS-9782503531403-1

Crusades, Jews and Muslims

Shmuel Shepkaru, ‘The Preaching of the First Crusade and the Persecution of the Jews,’ The Journal of Medieval Encounters, 2012: 93-135.

The main sources are the versions of Pope Urban II’s speech at Clermont, and the Hebrew Chronicles of the First Crusade. Additional sources are by St. Bernard of Clervaux and several Jewish accounts about the Second and Third Crusades.

The Francophone World

Violence and the Writing of History in the Medieval Francophone World. Ed. Noah D. Guynn and Zrinka Stahuljak Woodbridge: D.S.Brewer, 2013; ISBN 9781843843375; 224 pp.; £ 50.

Noah D. Guynn is Associate Professor of French at the University of California, Davis. Zrinka Stahuljak is Associate Professor of French and Comparative Literature at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Medieval historiography is here challenged and reassessed as “usable past.” the contributors’ shared claim is that the value of medieval historiographical texts lies not only in the factual information the texts contain but also in the methods and styles they use to represent and interpret the past and make it ideologically productive. Violence is adopted as the key term that best demonstrates the making of historical meaning in the Middle ages, through the transformation of acts of physical aggression and destruction into a memorable and usable past.

The twelve chapters assembled here explore a wide array of texts, including chansons de geste, histories, chronicles, travel writing, and lyric poetry. These texts emanate from throughout the francophone world and encompass a broad span of time, from the late eleventh century through the fifteenth. Through examination of topics as varied as rhetoric, imagery, humor, gender, sexuality, trauma, subversion, and community formation, the twelve chapters strive to demonstrate how knowledge of the medieval past can be enhanced by approaching medieval modes of historical representation and consciousness on their own terms, and by acknowledging – and resisting – the desire to subject them to modern conceptions of historical intelligibility.

Contributors: Rosalind Brown-Grant, Andrew Cowell, Matthew Fisher, Simon Gaunt, Noah D. Guynn, Deborah McGrady, Jeff Rider, David Rollo, Leah Shopkow, Zrinka Stahuljak, and Karen Sullivan.

Catalonia

Authoring the Past. History, Autobiography, and Politics in Medieval Catalonia, ed. Jaume Aurell. The University of Chicago Press, 2012 [http://press.uchicago.edu/ucp/books/book/chicago/A/bo12778575.html] 328 pages | 2 maps, 1 table | 5-1/2 x 8-1/2 | © 2012 Cloth $45.00 ISBN: 9780226032320 Published April 2012. E-book $7.00 to $36.00 About E-books ISBN: 9780226032344 Published March 2012

Jaume Aurell is associate professor in the Department of History and dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Navarra, Spain.

Authoring the Past surveys medieval Catalan historiography, shedding light on the emergence and evolution of historical writing and autobiography in the Middle Ages, on questions of authority and authorship, and on the links between history and politics during the period. Jaume Aurell examines texts from the late twelfth to the late fourteenth century—including the Latin Gesta comitum Barcinonensium and four texts in medieval Catalan: James I’s Llibre dels fets, the Crònica of Bernat Desclot, the Crònica of Ramon Muntaner, and the Crònica of Peter the Ceremonious—and outlines the different motivations for the writing of each. For Aurell, these chronicles are not mere archaeological artifacts but rather documents that speak to their writers’ specific contemporary social and political purposes. He argues that these Catalonian counts and Aragonese kings were attempting to use their role as authors to legitimize their monarchical status, their growing political and economic power, and their aggressive expansionist policies in the Mediterranean. By analyzing these texts alongside one another, Aurell demonstrates the shifting contexts in which chronicles were conceived, written, and read throughout the Middle Ages. The first study of its kind to make medieval Catalonian writings available to English-speaking audiences, Authoring the Past will be of interest to scholars of history and comparative literature, students of Hispanic and Romance medieval studies, and medievalists who study the chronicle tradition in other languages.

England

Matthew Fisher, Scribal Authorship and the Writing of History in Medieval England. Ohio State University Press, 2012; 296 pp.; $54.95 cloth; ISBN 978-0-8142-1198-4.

Matthew Fisher is Assistant Professor of English at the University of alifornia, Los Angeles. Based on new readings of some of the least-read texts by some of the best-known scribes of later medieval England, Scribal Authorship and the Writing of History in Medieval England reconceptualizes medieval scribes as authors, and the texts surviving in medieval manuscripts as authored. Culling evidence from history writing in later medieval England, Matthew Fisher concludes that we must reject the axiomatic division between scribe and author. Using the peculiarities of authority and intertextuality unique to medieval historiography, Fisher exposes the rich ambiguities of what it means for medieval scribes to “write” books. He thus frames the composition, transmission, and reception—indeed, the authorship—of some medieval texts as scribal phenomena. History writing is an inherently intertextual genre: in order to write about the past, texts must draw upon other texts. Scribal Authorship demonstrates that medieval historiography relies upon quotation, translation, and adaptation in such a way that the very idea that there is some line that divides author from scribe is an unsustainable and modern critical imposition. Given the reality that a scribe’s work was far more nuanced than the simplistic binary of error and accuracy would suggest, Fisher completely overturns many of our assumptions about the processes through which manuscripts were assembled and texts (both canonical literature and the less obviously literary) were composed.

England – Holinshed’s Chronicles

The Oxford Handbook of Holinshed’s Chronicles, ed. Paulina Kewes, Ian Archer, and Felicity Heal Oxford University Press, 2012.

The Chronicles of England, Scotland and Ireland (1577, 1587), issued under the name of Raphael Holinshed, was the crowning achievement of Tudor historiography, and became the principal source for the historical writings of Spenser, Daniel and, above all, Shakespeare. While scholars have long been drawn to Holinshed for its qualities as a source, they typically dismissed it as a baggy collection of materials, lacking coherent form and analytical insight. This condescending verdict has only recently given way to an appreciation of the literary and historical qualities of these chronicles. The various sections of the Handbook analyse the making of the two editions of the Chronicles; the relationship of the work to medieval and early modern historiography; its formal properties, genres and audience; attitudes to politics, religion, and society; literary appropriations; and the parallel descriptions and histories of England, Scotland, Ireland, and Wales. The result is a seminal study that shows unequivocally the vitality and complexity of the chronicle form in the late sixteenth century

France

Loïc Colella-Denis, ‘Vive bourgogne ! Arras ville gagnée!’ Récit de la prise et de l’occupation des ville et cité d’Arras par les troupes de Maximilien d’Autriche (nov. 1492- sept. 1493). St Martin Boulogne: Cercle d’Études en Pays Boulonnais, 2013. 140 pages, 20 illustrations. € 15.

Loïc Colella-Denis est un doctorant en littérature médiévale; il prépare une thèse sur les Mémoires de Jacques du Clercq à l’université du Littoral-Cote d’Opale à Dunkerque. Il s’agit d’un récit de la prise d’Arras de 1492 par les troupes de Maximilien de Habsbourg alors que la ville était au mains du roi de France, Charles VIII.  Le texte a été écrit à partir de chroniques, en particulier :

– le Journal de Gérard Robert, moine à l’abbaye de Saint-Vaast d’Arras à la fin du XVe siècle

– les Die Geschichten und Taten Wilwolts von Schaumburg de Ludwig von Eyb

– les Chroniques de Jean Molinet

Du haut de la muraille de la ville, en surplomb de la petite porte d’Hagerue dans la serrure de laquelle il venait de tourner une clef, Grisart scrutait l’horizon. Il attendait depuis de longues minutes déjà en compagnie de la lune blanche posée sur un fond noir, comme un patard suspendu au ciel qu’il pouvait presque caresser de la main. Avec cette alliée, rencontrée là par hasard, le boulanger pouvait jeter un regard au loin, au-delà des fortifications et des fossés emplis d’eau qui protégeaient la place, plus loin que les faubourgs plantés de clochers et que la campagne endormie. Le léger vent frais qui berçait ses lourds cheveux blancs ne perturbait pas son immobilité : l’homme était aussi droit et figé que les tours qui ponctuaient l’enceinte d’Arras. Aucune émotion ne transparaissait, même lorsque son cœur s’accélérait à la pensée que, peut-être, ceux qu’il attendait ne viendraient pas….

Des renseignements sont disponibles sur le site internet: http://cepb.info/index.html.

Lisa Fagin Davis, La Chronique Anonyme Universelle. Reading and Writing History in Fifteenth-Century France. Studies in Medieval and Early Renaissance Art History. Brepols: Turnhout, 2012; ISBN 978-1-905375-55-4. Appr. € 100.

Per Förnegård : Les démonstratifs dans une compilation historique du XIVe siècle : préfixation, microsystèmes, cooccurrences. Stockholm : Runica et Mediaevalia ; 110 pp.; ISBN 978-91-88568-53-3.

Justin Lake, Richer of Saint-Rémi: The Methods and Mentality of a Tenth-Century Historian. The Catholic University of America Press, 2013; 336 pp.; ISBN 978-0-8132-2125-0. $ 70.

Justin Lake is Assistant Professor of Classics in the Department of International Studies at Texas A&M University.

The History written by Richer of Saint-Rémi (ca. 950–1000) is one of the only contemporary narrative sources for the history of France in the tenth century, a tumultuous period in which the Carolingian and Capetian dynasties fought for control of the throne while Viking raiders inflicted chaos upon the realm, and ambitious nobles expanded their own power at the expense of the monarchy. Besides describing the battles, betrayals, and shifting allegiances that characterized tenth-century political culture, and providing accounts of the major ecclesiastical disputes of his day, Richer’s history contains the only contemporary account of the life and career of Gerbert of Aurillac, the brilliant scholar and controversial prelate who served as master of the cathedral school of Rheims before being elected archbishop of Rheims, and later pope (as Sylvester II). Building upon, but also moving beyond, previous scholarship that has focused on Richer’s political allegiances and his views of kingship, this study by Justin Lake provides the most comprehensive synthesis of the History, examining Richer’s use and abuse of his sources, his relationship to Gerbert, and the motives that led him to write. Not only are Richer’s principal written sources all extant, but so is his autograph manuscript, giving readers an unrivaled window into the working methods of a tenth-century historian. Lake situates Richer within the broader scholastic culture of the late tenth-century Latin West and explores the ways in which classical rhetoric, newly revived as a focus of instruction at Rheims by Gerbert, affected the way in which Richer wrote. In particular, he analyzes his use of the classical rhetorical doctrine of plausible narrative (narratio probabilis) in reworking his source material, his composition of speeches and dramatic scenes, and the way in which he used his history as a means of self-fashioning and self-memorialization.

Jean de Noyal, Miroir historial : livre X. Édition critique par Per Förnegård. Genève : Droz ; 640 pp.; ISBN 2600015477. Appr. € 60. Per Förnegård est chercheur auprès de l’Académie royale suédoise des Belles-Lettres, de l’Histoire et des Antiquités.

Chronique universelle compilée en 1388 par Jean de Noyal, abbé de Saint-Vincent de Laon, le Miroir historial formait, à l’origine, douze livres qui retraçaient l’histoire du monde depuis la Création jusqu’en 1380. Seuls les trois derniers livres sont parvenus jusqu’à nous. Dans ce volume est édité le livre X, qui couvre les années 1223 à 1328. L’histoire de la France et de ses rois y est amplement traitée de même que celle du Saint-Siège et du Saint Empire. L’abbé fait également des digressions sur l’état de la Terre sainte et sur les us et coutumes des Mongols. Enfin, il trace brièvement l’histoire de ses prédécesseurs à l’abbaye de Saint-Vincent. Le présent volume est doté d’une introduction ainsi que d’un index verborum et d’un index nominum qui inventorient l’ensemble des mots, des formes et des noms propres du texte édité. En outre sont recensées toutes les sources auxquelles Jean de Noyal a eu recours pour composer sa chronique. See also: http://www.droz.org/fr/livre/?GCOI=26001100924040.

Frisia and Groningen (Netherlands)

F.A.H. van den Hombergh and E.O. van der Werff, assisted by A.J. Rinzema, eds. Kroniek van Sicke Benninge – Croniken der Vreescher landen mijtten Zoeven Seelanden ende der stadt Groningen. The Hague, 2012; cxxxiv, 720 pp. (two vols.); ISBN 978-90-5216-180-8.

This is a regional chronicle about the history of Frisia and Groningen, consisting of three parts: the descent of the Frisians from the Trojans (including a discussion on Frisian liberty), an inserted chronicle on the years 1110-1478, and as its pièce de resistance a chronicle on the period 1491-1530.

Germany

Lars-Arne Dannenberg und Mario Müller, eds., Chronicon Silesiae ab anno Christi 1052 usque in annum 1573. (Scriptores rerum lusaticarum, Bd. 6) Görlitz-Zittau: Verlag Günther Oettel, 2011; 172 S.; ISBN 978-3-938583-67-8.

Josef Dolle, ed., Niedersächsisches Klosterbuch. Verzeichnis der Klöster, Stifte, Kommenden und Beginenhäuser in Niedersachsen und Bremen von den Anfängen bis 1810. 4 Bände. (Veröffentlichungen des Instituts für Historische Landesforschung der Universität Göttingen Bd. 56, 1-4).

Bielefeld: Verlag für Regionalgeschichte, 2012; 2296 pp.; ISBN 978-3-89534-956-0. € 29 pro Band.

Viele Artikel haben in den Abschnitten 2.4 ‘Kulturelle und spirituelle Leistungen’ und 3 ‘Gedruckte und ungedruckte Quellen’ Hinweise auf Chroniken, die in den Klöstern entstanden.

http://www.regionalgeschichte.de/neuerscheinungen/neuerscheinungen.php?PHPSESSID=1f7526f9ac0741038243c0ebee8e67a4

Jordan von Giano O.Min., Chronik vom Anfang der Minderbrüder in Deutschland (Chronica Fratris Jordani). [lat.-dt.] Eingeführt […] kritisch ediert sowie mit einem Anhang ihrer Weiterführungen ins Deutsche übertragen und hg. von Johannes Schlageter OFM. (= Quellen z. franziskanischen Geschichte, Bd. 1) Norderstedt: Books on Demand 2012; 184 S.; ISBN 978-3-8482-1737-3.

Steffen Patzold, Anja Rathmann-Lutz und Volker Scior, eds., Geschichtsvorstellungen. Bilder, Texte und Begriffe aus dem Mittelalter. Festschrift für Hans-Werner Goetz zum 65. Geburtstag. Wien: Böhler Verlag, 2012; 574 pp.; ISBN: 978-3-412-20898-1; ca. € 65.

Seit geraumer Zeit beschäftigt sich die Mediävistik vermehrt mit der Analyse von Wahrnehmungen, Deutungen und Vorstellungen der Zeitgenossen. Sie versteht die Geschichtsschreibung der Epoche zunehmend von ihren Entstehungs- und Überlieferungsbedingungen her und interpretiert sie vergleichend. Sie arbeitet zeitgenössische Bilder und Vorstellungen über Institutionen, Personen und Völker heraus und sie interessiert sich für die Bilder, die in späteren Epochen vom Mittelalter entworfen wurden. Der vorliegende Band vereint mehr als 20 Aufsätze zur Historiographie-, Vorstellungs- und Rezeptionsgeschichte des gesamten Mittelalters, die von Wissenschaftlerinnen und Wissenschaftlern aus dem In- und Ausland stammen.

Russia

Iliana Tschekova, ‘Равноапостолният княз Владимир в “Повест за изминалите години” – семиотика на княжеската святост.’ In Класика и канон в руската литература. Българският поглед. С., 2012, 20-30. (in Bulgarian)

This article analyzes the narrative about king Vladimir I and the Christian baptisms in the Old Slavic Nestorchronik Povest vremennyh let.

–––, ‘Св. Георгий Победоносец и св. Димитрий Солунский в культурной традиции Киевской Руси.’ In In stolis repromissionis. Светци и святост в централна и източна Европа (In stolis repromissionis. Saints and Sainthood in Central and Eastern Europe). Ed. А. Ангушева-Тиханова, М. Димитрова, Р. Костова, Р. Малчев. Sophia, 2012. Pp. 211-22. (In Russian, with a summary in English)

In diesem Artikel wurde eine Geschichte in der altrussischen Nestorchronik Povest vremennyh let betrachtet mit biblischen und agiologischen Vorbilder, die für die Aufbauen der fürstlichen Heiligkeit dienen. Es ist möglich, daß das Model des bulgarischen Fürsten Boris I und der slavischen Apolstel Cyril und Method eine Wirkung auf das Model des Fürsten Vladimir (und Jaroslav) geübt haben.

In the same volume:

Andrej Ranchin, ‘The conversion of St Constantine the Great in the Chronicle of Georgios Namartolos and the Baptism of Prince Vladimir Svjatoslvitch in Povest vremennyh let.’ Pp. 92-108. (In Russian, with a summary in English).

Scotland

The Annals of Multyfarnham, ed. Bernadette Williams. Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2012; 240pp; illustrated; ISBN 978-1-84682-333-6; €55.00.

This edition of the ‘Annals of Multyfarnham’ explores the reason why these annals were so named and it now suggests a Roscommon provenance. The annals begin in AD45 and were written by Stephen de Exonia who tells us that he was born in 1246 and entered the Franciscan order in 1263 when he was aged 17. His own personal contribution to the annals begins in 1261 and it is possible to determine, from internal evidence, that he was writing the annals during the period 1272 and 1274 when the annals cease. Roscommon or its close environs is the focus of interest beginning with the building of the castle and a year later, 1269, the establishment of the Franciscans in Roscommon, which is the only extant medieval reference to that friary, which was burnt a year later. Richard de Exonia was then in charge of Roscommon castle and the names of his three wives and birth of a son are recorded. The Irish names in the annals also reflect familiarity with Connacht and the military activity of Áed O’Connor, king of Connacht, whose death is recorded in 1274.

For full details see: http://www.fourcourtspress.ie/product.php?intProductID=1063

Short Scottish Prose Chronicles, ed. Dan Embree, Edward Donald Kennedy and Kathleen Daly, with Latin translations by Susan Edgington. Medieval Chronicles 5. Woodbridge: Boydell, 2012. ix ~395 pp.; ISBN 978-1-84383-745-9.

Wales

David Stephenson, ‘The chronicler at Cwm-hir abbey, 1257-63: the construction of a Welsh chronicle.’ In R. A. Griffiths and P. R. Schofield (eds.), Wales and the Welsh in the Middle Ages (Cardiff, University of Wales Press, 2011), pp. 29-45.

Exhibitions

Pracht auf Pergament – Schätze der Buchmalerei von 780 bis 1180, Magnificent Manuscripts – Treasures of Book Illumination from 780 through 1180, 19 October 2012 – 13 January 2013, Bayerische Staatsbibliothek – Ludwigstr. 16 – 80539 München – Germany

With 72 extraordinary manuscripts from the collection of the Bavarian State Library, as well as three exceptional works from the Bamberg State Library, the Kunsthalle of the Hypo Cultural Foundation presents a wide overview of the earliest and most precious examples of German book illumination.These 75 magnificent volumes represent some of the greatest cultural and artistic achievements of the Carolingian, Ottonian and Romanesque eras. Within this library’s extensive collection, the Ottonian manuscripts in particular form a unique nucleus that is unsurpassed worldwide. Owing to their extraordinary fragility, these highly valuable works can hardly ever leave the library’s vault. This exhibition of original manuscripts therefore offers a unique opportunity to discover thousand-year-old testimonies to our cultural heritage. The oldest manuscript on display dates from the era of the last Bavarian Agilolfing duke. The Carolingian codices from the illumination centres of Salzburg, Tegernsee and Freising bear witness to the high quality of artistry in the 9th century. German illumination under the Saxon emperors from Otto the Great (912-973) to Henry II (973-1024), is one of the most glorious epochs of early occidental illumination, which played a prominent role in the arts at that time. Among the greatest achievements of this Ottonian period are the magnificent depictions of sovereigns. These establish a connection between the secular and the sacred, and underline the sanctity of imperial power.            Secular and ecclesiastical rulers commissioned liturgical manuscripts from the best writing schools and illumination centres: these gospels, pericopes and sacramentaries were richly decorated with luminous colours and gold. Their ingeniously tooled luxurious bindings are encrusted with numerous precious stones, cameos and ivory reliefs, including spolia dating from the classical, Byzantine and Carolingian periods. Four world-famous sumptuous codices from the island of Reichenau, whose monastery became the imperial scriptorium under Otto III and Henry II, are on show, including the gospels of Otto III and the pericopes of Henry II. Together with the evangeliary from Bamberg cathedral and the Bamberg Apocalypse, these books have been listed on UNESCO’s “Memory of the World” World Documentary Heritage register since 2003. The importance of Regensburg as a centre for the creation of sumptuous codices is demonstrated by two magnificent liturgical manuscripts, the Codex commissioned by the Abbess Uta and the Sacramentary of Henry II. The art of Ottonian illumination outlasted the Saxon rulers until well into the Salian period. The date of the transition from Ottonian to Romanesque art cannot be precisely defined. Other selected manuscripts from the Bavarian State Library illustrate the continuity into the 11th century right up to the threshold of the Romanesque, at the same time following the development of Romanesque book illumination and its flourishing in the following century up to Emperor Frederick Barbarossa (1122-1190).

The exhibition is accompanied by a catalogue.

More information, images and contact adresses under
http://www.bsb-muenchen.de/Detailed-information.403+M5a20f3cfe33.0.html
http://www.hypo-kunsthalle.de/newweb/buchmalerei.html

Varia

Call for Papers

“Historical Genres in the 21st Century”

(Special issue of Rethinking History: The Journal of Theory and Practice)

Date: 31 January 2013

Essays are sought for a special issue of Rethinking History: The Journal of Theory and Practice entitled “Historical Genres in the 21th century”. This themed issue aims to create a discussion about genre within current historical and historiographical practice today. Our evolving understanding of the importance of form in the inscription of history makes a discussion of the role of genre imperative. Traditionally, historians have tended to think of genres and modes of writing as rigid compartments within which they structure their texts, and as categories from which readers comprehend these texts. More recently, several forms of historiography have viewed genres as living forms in flux and as flexible structures that invite more creative and experimental representations of the past. The proliferation of new historical genres—film, media, comics, novel, graphic narratives, poetry, biopics, dramas—challenges the conventional historical prose models. I invite the submission of essays that explore the ways history is being inscribed, articulated, represented, and performed in the 21st century, and the function and functioning of the historical genres. The essays may also be theoretical or focus on a particular genre or text.

500-word abstracts must be submitted to the editor of the special issue, Jaume Aurell (saurell@unav.es) before January 31, 2013. Final papers (6000 words) will be due on November 30, 2013.

Prof. Jaume Aurell, Department of History, University of Navarra, Spain.
Phone: +948 42 56 00. Ext. 2159
Email: saurell@unav.es
Visit the website at http://www.tandfonline.com/rrhi

Project: Peter of Poitiers and His Chronicle – Jean-Baptiste Piggin
Before recent digitization projects, the biblical chronicle in diagram form which was compiled in the late 12th century by Peter of Poitiers (Petrus Pictaviensis) had never been easily available to scholars. Now, about 20 of the manuscripts of this Compendium historiae in genealogia Christi, several of them in roll form, can be conveniently consulted using open-access internet sites. As a small independent-scholarship project, Jean-Baptiste Piggin in Germany has begun a survey to list as many of the manuscripts as possible and establish which of them are online in high resolution. He is also planning to digitally plot one of the earliest uninterpolated manuscripts, for example Harvard Ms. Typ 216, and put this online to aid further research. It is generally believed that Peter planned and designed the whole work to be displayed on a roll, and that it was only later sectioned to appear in codices. The sortable manuscript list, which is a work in progress, is already online at http://www.piggin.net/stemmahist/petercatalog.htm Mr Piggin, who also blogs about historic infographic charts at http://macrotypography.blogspot.com/, welcomes any contributions and advice. He has already published findings on the same website about a much older diagrammatic chronicle which is found in Spanish bibles and Apocalypse Commentaries. That earlier, anonymous diagram, which appears to be of Late Antique authorship, combines a chronographic survey with a genealogy of Jesus and could well be described as one of the world’s oldest data visualizations. An article about it is forthcoming in Studia Patristica.

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The Medieval Chronicle Society

For information contact:

Dr Erik Kooper
Dept of English
Trans 10
3512 JK Utrecht  –   The Netherlands
E-mail: e.s.kooper{at}uu.nl

Planned 7th International Conference on the Medieval Chronicle, Liverpool 2014.

The University of Liverpool will host the Seventh International Conference the Medieval Chronicle in July 2014 on behalf of The Medieval Chronicle society.

The University of Liverpool

The University of Liverpool was founded in 1881 and was granted its Royal Charter in 1903, confirming its degree‐conferring powers. The University of Liverpool has an impressive history of pioneering education and research, with a particular emphasis on ‘education for the professions’ and applied sciences. The University currently has 27,000 students pursuing 400 programmes in 54 subject areas. Although the sciences are one of the University’s research strengths (it counts 9 Nobel laureates amongst its current and former staff) the University is also strong on Humanities research. Its Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences covers most humanities disciplines.

Medieval Studies at Liverpool

The University has been the home to several famous medievalists in the past, and medieval studies is still a thriving subject at Liverpool. Apart from the Chair of Medieval History based in the School of History, different departments include medievalists amongst their academic staff. The Liverpool medievalists are all members of the Liverpool Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies (LCMRS), a hub for interdisciplinary study and research of the Middle Ages and the Renaissance in Europe, the Near East and Africa from c.300 to c.1700. The Centre involves scholars from several disciplines (Archaeology, Classics, English Language and Literature, French Language and Literature, Hispanic Studies, History) and academic institutions and heritage organisations across the North West of England. The Centre regularly organises conferences, workshops, seminars and lectures. It also runs a successful MA in Medieval and Renaissance studies.

The organisers

The Seventh Medieval Chronicle conference conference would be sponsored by the LCMRS (with its director Dr Harald Braun). The local organising committee is comprised of Dr Godfried Croenen (French), Dr Damien Kempf (History) and Dr Sarah Peverley (English).

Date

The final date will be decided after consultation with the Society’s officers and will avoid other major medievalists conference. If possible we will try to choose a date which would enable delegates to attend other conferences in the region (in particular IMC Leeds). Whereas previous conferences in the cycle sometimes stretched over five days, the local organisers propose to cut this back to three days so as to keep the cost reasonable for conference delegates.

Memorial Session for Lister Matheson – Kalamazoo 2013 Call for Papers

30 June, 2012

Books Have Their Histories: Medieval Chronicles and Their Scribes, Manuscripts,

and Early Editions – In Memory of Lister M. Matheson

International Medieval Congress on Medieval Studies in Kalamazoo, Michigan: May 9-12, 2013

Deadline: September 15, 2012

For information, contact dominique.hoche@westliberty.edu or dominique.hoche@gmail.com

Lister Matheson (1948-2012; Professor of English and Medieval Studies, Michigan State University) was a major scholar in many fields, but two of his most important scholarly legacies lie in the arenas of medieval chronicle studies (including the Middle English Prose Brut and the relation of chronicles to medieval literary traditions) and early book and manuscript studies (in a wide variety of content areas, from historical writing and popular legends to scientific texts and ownership/biographical  studies).  He was a frequent and fondly-remembered participant in many Medieval Congresses over the years, both as a speaker and as an organizer and chair of sessions. 

Papers for these memorial sessions should  be united by the broad theme of the medieval presentation of history and the codicological settings through which that history was transmitted.  Papers may focus on various aspects of later medieval chronicles; manuscripts and printed texts linked to medieval historical writings; the scribes, printers, owners, or commissioners of such texts; and similar topics. As Professor Matheson’s own work has shown, a full understanding of medieval historical texts demands attention to both the content of the works in question — which could vary quite significantly depending on the needs or interests of the users of those texts — and the material circumstances of producing those works.  Papers illuminating these connections should be of interest to historians, literary specialists, and/or early book scholars, inter alia.

Proposals should be no longer than 400 words and must clearly indicate the significance, line of argument, principal texts and relation to existing scholarship (if possible). Email the proposal in the body of the message, a 50-word bio note, and a completed Participant Information form (http://www.wmich.edu/medieval/congress/submissions/index.html#PIF) to Dominique Hoche at dominique.hoche@westliberty.edu or dominique.hoche@gmail.com . Due September 15, 2012.

For general information about the 2013 Medieval Congress, visit: http://www.wmich.edu/medieval/congress/index.html.

cfp categories: 

bibliography and history of the book

cultural studies and historical approaches

interdisciplinary

international conferences

journals and collections of essays

medieval

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 For members of the Medieval Chronicle Society who can’t make an international trip to Kalamazoo next year, a similar session or sessions are envisioned for the 2013 Leeds International Medieval Congress, and the CFP for that/those session(s) will also be announced on the MCS website and/or the next Newsletter.