In the summer of 2002 the third international conference on the medieval chronicle was held, again in the vicinity of Utrecht, the Netherlands.
There are several reasons why the chronicle is particularly suited as the topic of an international conference. 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.
This third volume of conference papers again 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.
Contributors Preface Gillette LABORY: Les débuts de la chronique en français (XIIe et XIIIe siècles) Clare DOWNHAM : The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: Portrayals of Vikings in ‘The Fragmentary Annals of Ireland’ David N. DUMVILLE:
Annales Cambriae and Easter Libuše HRABOVÁ: Wiltenburg und der holländische Mythus von den Anfängen Norbert KERSKEN:
Dura enim est conditio historiographorum… Reflexionen mittelalterlicher Chronisten zur Zeitgeschichtsschreibung Arnaud KNAEPEN: L’histoire gréco-romaine dans les ‘chroniques’ de Bède le Vénérable (
De temporibus ch. 17-22 et
De temporum ratione ch. 66-71) Laura LAHDENSUU: Predicting History: Merlin’s Prophecies in Italian XIIth-XVth Century Chronicles Armelle LECLERCQ: Vers et prose, le jeu de la forme mêlèe dans les
Dei Gesta per Francos de Guibert de Nogent (XIIe siècle) Julia MARVIN: Anglo-Norman Narrative as History or Fable: Judging by Appearances Peter NOBLE: Epic Heroes in Thirteenth-Century French Chroniclers Sarah L. PEVERLEY: Dynasty and Division: The Depiction of King and Kingdom in John Hardyng’s
Chronicle Theo VENCKELEER et Jesse MORTELMANS: Ecrire pour un auditeur ou pour un lecteur? László VESZPRÉMY: Chronicles in Charters. Historical Narratives (
narrations) in Charters as Substitutes for Chronicles in Hungary Scott WAUGH: The Lives of Edward the Confessor and the Meaning of History in the Middle Ages