IMC 2006: Sessions

Session 1622: Precepts and Pretexts of Medieval Historiography

Thursday 13 July 2006, 11.15-12.45

Sponsor:Centre for Medieval Studies, Universitetet i Bergen
Organiser:Lars Boje Mortensen, Centre for Medieval Studies, Universitetet i Bergen
Moderator/Chair:Kurt Villads Jensen, Institute of History & Civilization, University of Southern Denmark, Odense
Paper 1622-aRoman Past and Roman Language in 12th-Century English Historiography
(Language: English)
Lars Boje Mortensen, Centre for Medieval Studies, Universitetet i Bergen
Index terms: Historiography - Medieval, Language and Literature - Latin, Learning (The Classical Inheritance)
Paper 1622-bEmotional Language of a Northern Crusade: The Intertextual Models in Henry's Chronicle of Livonia
(Language: English)
Linda Kaljundi, Institute of History, University of Helsinki / Centre for Medieval Studies, University of Tallinn
Index terms: Crusades, Historiography - Medieval, Language and Literature - Latin
Paper 1622-cAd bonae vitae institutum: The Ends and Means of the Historical Works of William of Malmesbury
(Language: English)
Sigbjørn Olsen Sønnesyn, Centre for Medieval Studies, Universitetet i Bergen
Index terms: Historiography - Medieval, Learning (The Classical Inheritance), Monasticism, Theology
Abstract

This session will explore historical writing in the 12th and 13th centuries, emphasising the contemporary constraints and influences on how the past was recorded. Two papers will focus on Anglo-Norman historiography of the 12th century. One will investigate the influence exercised by the classical tradition, while the other studies the work of William of Malmesbury in the context of distinctively monastic aims. The third paper inspects the emotional language of Henry of Livonia, the 13th-century chronicler of the northern crusades. The geographical distribution of sources thus reflects the emphasis on centre and periphery characterising the sponsoring Centre for Medieval Studies.