IMC 2004: Sessions

Session 1301: Contextualizing Early Medieval British Historiography

Wednesday 14 July 2004, 16.30-18.00

Sponsor:Institute for Medieval Studies, University of Leeds
Organiser:James Roberts, Institute for Medieval Studies, University of Leeds
Moderator/Chair:Philip A. Shaw, School of English Literature, Language & Linguistics, University of Sheffield
Respondent:Philip A. Shaw, School of English Literature, Language & Linguistics, University of Sheffield
Paper 1301-aGildas as Historian: The Context and Influence of the De Excidio Britonum
(Language: English)
Karen L. George, School of History, University of Leeds
Index terms: Historiography - Medieval, Language and Literature - Latin
Paper 1301-bÆthelweard and His Writing: The Influence of Political and Social Contacts
(Language: English)
James Roberts, Institute for Medieval Studies, University of Leeds
Index terms: Historiography - Medieval, Language and Literature - Latin, Language and Literature - Slavic, Politics and Diplomacy
Abstract

This session will use the work of two historians to examine the perception and appropriation of history during the medieval period. Gildas’ work will be explored in an unfamiliar way by looking at how it was perceived and reused as a source of historical information. Political, social and family influences on Æthelweard’s work will be considered. Both papers will interrogate whether written history performed cultural work beyond the boundaries of straightforward historical record. We have chosen to include a respondent as a vital part of this session to try and seek connections between the uses and functions of history writing across genres and periods.