Alongside annals, chronicles were the main genre of historical writing in the Middle Ages. Their significance as sources for the study of medieval history and culture is today widely recognised not only by historians, but also by students of medieval literature and linguistics and by art historians. The series
The Medieval Chronicle aims to provide a representative survey of the on-going research in the field of chronicle studies, illustrated by examples from specific chronicles from a wide variety of countries, periods and cultural backgrounds.
There are several reasons why the chronicle is particularly suited as the topic of a yearbook. In the first place there is its ubiquity: all over Europe and throughout the Middle Ages chronicles were written, both in Latin and in the vernacular, and not only in Europe but also in the countries neighbouring on it, like those of the Arabic world. Secondly, all chronicles raise such questions as by whom, for whom, or for what purpose were they written, how do they reconstruct the past, what determined the choice of verse or prose, or what kind of literary influences are discernable in them. Finally, many chronicles have been beautifully illuminated, and the relation between text and image leads to a wholly different set of questions.
The Medieval Chronicle is published in cooperation with the Medieval Chronicle Society (medievalchronicle.org).
Erik Kooper received both his MA and Ph.D. degrees from Utrecht University, where he taught Old and Middle English until his retirement in 2007. Since then he has regularly taught courses and given guest lectures both at his own university, the Nijmegen Radboud University, and abroad. His recent publications include an edition of the Middle English poem Arthur (2011), and several articles, mostly on Middle English historiographical texts.
Sjoerd Levelt is Assistant Professor at the Program in Cultures, Civilizations and Ideas at Bilkent University, Ankara. He studied Dutch and English Medieval Studies in Amsterdam, Berkeley and Oxford, received his Ph.D. in Combined Historical Studies at the Warburg Institute, and previously taught at the Universities of Exeter and Sussex. He is a fellow of the Royal Historical Society and was awarded the Society for Renaissance Studies Book Prize 2012.
Table of contents
PrefaceList of Contributors 1
Eyewitness and Medieval Historical NarrativeMarcus Bull 2
La Chronique de Memmingen : histoire et luttes politiques dans une ville d’ Empire au XVe siècleDominique Adrian 3
Le rôle du connecteur car (ou nam/enim) dans la prose historique : connecteur interphrastique ?Anders Bengtsson 4
The Vindication of Sancho II in the Crónica de Castilla: Political Identity and Historiographical Reinvention in Medieval Castilian ChroniclesKim Bergqvist 5
Faux Pas in the Chronicles: What is a Pas d’ armes?Cathy Blunk 6
The Perception and Evaluation of Foreign Soldiers in the Wars of King Peter I of Cyprus: The Evidence of the Cypriot Chronicles and Its ShortcomingsNicholas Coureas 7
‘Toujours loyal’: A Middle Dutch Chronicle of Flanders by Jan van Dixmude in Sixteenth-Century GhentLisa Demets 8
Using an Example: Denis Sauvage, Philippe de Commynes and the ‘Vieil Exemplaire’Catherine Emerson 9
Reassessing Spanish Chronicle Writing before 900: The Tradition of Compilation in Oviedo at the End of the Ninth CenturyRodrigo Furtado 10
Decennovenal Reason and Unreason in the C-Text of Annales CambriaeHenry Gough-Cooper 11
The Battle of Gallipoli 1416: A Detail Rescued from a ChronicleJohn Melville-Jones 12
The Origins of the Polish Piast Dynasty as Chronicled by Bishop Vincent of Kraków (Wincenty Kadłubek) to Serve as a Political Model for His Own Contemporary TimeGrischa Vercamer 13
Review: The Chronicle of Amadi, Translated from the Italian by Nicholas Coureas and Peter EdburyKarl Borchardt 14
Review: Éloïse Adde-Vomáčka, La Chronique de DalimilIvan Hlaváček 15
Anthony Munday’s ‘Briefe Chronologicall Suruay Concerning the Netherlands’ and the Medieval Chronicle Tradition of Holland in the Early Modern Period: Introduction and EditionSjoerd Levelt
All papers included will be both of interest and accessible to scholars from any disciplinary background who share a common interest in the medieval chronicle, or more generally medieval historiography.