IMC 2005: Sessions

Session 210: Medieval Writing Traditions over Space and Time

Monday 11 July 2005, 14.15-15.45

Moderator/Chair:Michael Clanchy, Institute of Historical Research, University of London
Paper 210-aThe Geography of Medieval Regional Writing Traditions: Normandy
(Language: English)
Irina Duriagina, Herzen State Pedagogical University of Russia, St Petersburg
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Language and Literature - French or Occitan, Manuscripts and Palaeography
Paper 210-bReading Gerald of Wales in the Later Middle Ages
(Language: English)
Sumi David, Department of Mediaeval History, University of St Andrews
Index terms: Historiography - Medieval, Language and Literature - Latin, Manuscripts and Palaeography
Paper 210-cHistoriographical Method and Intent in Early Irish Narrative
(Language: English)
Gregory Toner, Centre for Irish & Celtic Studies, University of Ulster
Index terms: Historiography - Medieval, Language and Literature - Celtic

Grouped by IMC Programming Committee
Abstract Paper -a:
Medieval region is a complex notion. Is there any connection between political, administrative, ecclesiastic borders? How to define ‘the geography of medieval regional writing tradition’? Is it determined by either political, administrative, ecclesiastic or dialect’s boundaries? So, what is the methodology of geographic linguistics in history of language? It is evident that we can not use methodology of modern dialectology because the main sources are manuscripts that, like written sources, don’t reflect a ‘pure’ dialect. The object of my studies is a medieval Normandy, an outstanding French province, known for its enormous influence upon the history and literature of France.
Abstract Paper -b:
Gerald of Wales’ quartet of ethnographic texts on Ireland and Wales are extant in a number of manuscripts. However, hitherto, little attention has been paid to the transmission of these popular late-twelfth century texts in England in the Later Middle Ages. Provenance information, marginal annotations and other codicological evidence offer a wealth of information on reading practices and interests that has largely been unexplored. The main focus of the paper will be the manuscript dissemination of these texts from the late-thirteenth to the early-fifteenth centuries, with particular attention on the dissemination of the Topography of Ireland.
Abstract Paper -c:
Medieval Irish narrative has commonly been dealt with as imaginative fiction, and although this has been a very productive approach recent research has indicated that medieval scholars treated it as history from as early as the eleventh century. This paper will examine the adaption of the principles of medieval European historiography to the Irish context, and explore how Irish scholars (re)constructed the past using a combination of established western historical methodology and vernacular tradition.