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The Medieval Chronicle

Volumes of proceedings of the first three conferences were published by Rodopi, Amsterdam, under the title The Medieval Chronicle, vols I-III (published in 1999, 2002, 2004). At the General Meeting in 2002, this triennial publication was transformed into a yearbook. Although it is at this moment not feasible to produce a volume annually, the frequency of appearance has gone up to two volumes in three years.

While the majority of each volume’s contents is still made up of papers read at one of the conferences, contributions without such a connexion may be submitted at any time The Medieval Chronicle is a peer reviewed journal: every article submitted to the editorial board is read by two of its members, who advise the chief editor.

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How to order

Previous volumes of The Medieval Chronicle can be ordered from bookstores or directly from the publisher:

Notes to contributors

Both for the conferences and for the papers in The Medieval Chronicle there are five major themes of interest:

  1. The chronicle: history or literature?
    The chronicle as a historiographical and/or a literary genre; genre confusion and genre influence; different types of chronicle; classific­ation; conventions (historiographical, literary or otherwise), etc.
  2. The function of the chronicle
    The historical or literary context of the chronicle; its social function and/or utility; patronage; reading and listening; reception of the text, etc.
  3. The form of the chronicle
    Origin/genesis of the chronicle; the language of the chronicle; chronicles in multiple languages; prose or verse; provenance and dissemination of the manuscripts, etc.
  4. The chronicle and the reconstruction of the past
    Relationship present — past in the chronicle; the author’s historical awareness; the explication of history (the causa causans of history); fictionality vs. historical veracity; the function of the past for the author’s present, etc.
  5. Text and image in the chronicle
    Function of the manuscript illuminations; provenance and date of the illuminations; links with the text (e.g. factual or fictitious representation of the images), etc.

Contributors are requested to take into account a mixed audience of scholars belonging to different disciplinary traditions. It is the aim of the selection presented in the volumes of The Medieval Chronicle not only to provide a collective survey of the research going on in the field of chronicle studies, illustrated by examples from specific chronicles from a wide variety of countries, periods and cultural backgrounds, but also to help plot directions for further research.

Prospective articles for publication should be submitted (in electronic and hardcopy form) to the chief editor, from whom a style sheet and other practical information may be obtained:

Dr Erik Kooper
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3512 JK Utrecht
The Netherlands

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