IMC 2013: Sessions

Session 1121: Rewriting History in the Central Middle Ages, II: The Languages of History

Wednesday 3 July 2013, 11.15-12.45

Sponsor:Battle Conference on Anglo-Norman Studies / Haskins Society for Anglo-Saxon, Anglo-Norman, Angevin & Viking History
Organisers:Chris Lewis, Institute of Historical Research, University of London / Department of History, King's College London
Emily A. Winkler, Jesus College, University of Oxford
Moderator/Chair:Emily A. Winkler, Jesus College, University of Oxford
Paper 1121-aRe-Using the Terms Britanni and Britones in the 12th-Century: A Few Exceptions
(Language: English)
Ilya Afanasyev, Hertford College, University of Oxford / University of Miam
Index terms: Hagiography, Historiography - Medieval
Paper 1121-bGeoffrey Malaterra and William of Apulia: Between History and Literature
(Language: English)
Marie-Agnès Lucas-Avenel, Centre Michel de Boüard/ Centre de Recherches Archéologiques et Historiques Anciennes et Médiévales (CRAHAM - UMR 6273), Université de Caen Basse-Normandie
Index terms: Historiography - Medieval, Language and Literature - Latin
Paper 1121-cLatin and Vernacular Historiography in Scandinavia: Is There a Connection between Language and Historical Interpretation?
(Language: English)
Sverre Bagge, Senter for middelalderstudier, Universitetet i Bergen
Index terms: Historiography - Medieval, Language and Literature - Latin, Language and Literature - Scandinavian

Four sessions seek to elicit patterns both in current scholarship and in the writing of history in medieval Europe. Papers explore how medieval writers of history across a range of genres shaped their understanding of the past, including recent events, and the history of more distant times. The sessions are especially concerned with how existing historical writings were refashioned to suit current purposes. Last year’s sessions focused on England and Normandy; this year we widen the geographical scope to include historical writing in multiple languages across the expanse of Europe. The sessions are explicitly comparative: a supplementary goal is to examine differences in modern historiographical approaches. The final session ends with a response to all papers and discussions in the earlier sessions.