The Medieval Chronicle 12


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.
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Biographical Note

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 four Middle English romances for the American TEAMS series (2006), an edition of the Middle English poem Arthur (2011), and several articles, such as one identifying a previously unnoticed Latin Prose Brut manuscript (2016).
Sjoerd Levelt is Senior Research Associate of the project The Literary Heritage of Anglo-Dutch Contacts, c.1050–1600 at the University of Bristol. 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 and Bilkent University (Ankara). He is a fellow of the Royal Historical Society and was awarded the Society for Renaissance Studies Book Prize 2012.

Table of contents

Preface Abbreviations Notes on Contributors
Chronica Aulae regiae—an Unsuccessful Attempt to Establish an Official Memory of the Last Přemyslids and the Zbraslav MonasteryRobert Antonín
The Sounds of the City in the Nuova cronica of Giovanni VillaniZofia Anuszkiewicz
The Idea of Music in the Latin Polychronicon of Ranulf Higden and the English Translation of John TrevisaJane Beal
Chequered Fortunes: Foreign Soldiers on Cyprus under King James II (1460–1473) and Their Portrayal in the Cypriot ChroniclesNicholas Coureas
Edward I’s Temper: Anger and Its Misrepresentations in the Chronicle of Walter of Guisborough and the Fineshade ChronicleHannah Kilpatrick
Simon de Montfort, the Cantigas de Santa Maria and Acoustic PropagandaDorothy Kim
Constructing Historical Knowledge, Inventing Historical Method: the Evidence of Medieval Commentaries and Glosses on Historical WritingsJakub Kujawiński
Polishing a Medieval Chronicle: the Author’s Proofreading of the Second Book of the Chronica Aulae regiaeAnna Pumprová
Why Another Greek Chronicle? Form and Function in Middle Byzantine Historical WritingPatricia Varona
‘Venit iudeus portans literas’: Jewish Types in The Chronicle of Jocelin of BrakelondAdrienne Williams Boyarin
Review: Jacqueline Alio, Margaret Queen of SicilyAlison Williams Lewin
Review: Two Sicilian Chronicles, Translated by Louis MendolaAlison Williams Lewin
Review: Ksenia Bonch Reeves, Visions of Unity after the Visigoths. Early Iberian Latin Chronicles and the Mediterranean WorldAengus Ward
A Note on Chandos Herald at the Battle of Nájera (1367)Clifford J. Rogers
A Tretis Compiled out of Diverse Cronicles (1440): a Study and Edition of the Short English Prose Chronicle Extant in London, British Library, MS Additional 34,764Sarah L. Peverley


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.