IMC 2009: Sessions

Session 202: Reconciling Ideals and Realities in 12th-Century English Historiography

Monday 13 July 2009, 14.15-15.45

Sponsor:Centre for Medieval Studies, Universitetet i Bergen
Organiser:Jaakko Tahkokallio, Department of History, University of Helsinki
Moderator/Chair:Chris Given-Wilson, St Andrews Institute of Mediaeval Studies, University of St Andrews
Paper 202-aProvidence and Politics in William of Malmesbury's Historia Novella
(Language: English)
Sverre Bagge, Senter for middelalderstudier, Universitetet i Bergen
Index terms: Historiography - Medieval, Mentalities
Paper 202-bHigh Medieval Appetite for Geoffrey of Monmouth: Evidence from the Margins of Manuscripts
(Language: English)
Jaakko Tahkokallio, Department of History, University of Helsinki
Index terms: Historiography - Medieval, Learning (The Classical Inheritance), Manuscripts and Palaeography, Philosophy
Paper 202-cStyli officium: Pious Obedience and Scholarly Independence in 12th-Century Monastic Historiography in England
(Language: English)
Sigbjørn Olsen Sønnesyn, Centre for Medieval Studies, Universitetet i Bergen
Index terms: Historiography - Medieval, Learning (The Classical Inheritance), Philosophy, Theology
Abstract

This session explores historiographical culture in 12th-century England, focusing primarily on the works of William of Malmesbury and Geoffrey of Monmouth. It looks at particular texts in the more general context offered by philosophical debates on the place of history in medieval thought. The papers examine, each from a different methodological perspective, how normative theological ideas about the nature of history were compatible with the actual writing and reading of historical texts.