IMC 2013: Sessions

Session 527: Books Have Their Histories: Medieval Chronicles and Their Scribes, Manuscripts, and Early Editions, I

Tuesday 2 July 2013, 09.00-10.30

Organisers:Juliana Dresvina, Department of English, King's College London
Ryan Perry, Centre for Medieval & Early Modern Studies (MEMS), University of Kent
Jaclyn Rajsic, New College, University of Oxford
M. Teresa Tavormina, Department of English, Michigan State University
Moderator/Chair:Jaclyn Rajsic, New College, University of Oxford
Paper 527-aImagining Historiography: Early Production Contexts for the Middle English Prose Brut
(Language: English)
Ryan Perry, Centre for Medieval & Early Modern Studies (MEMS), University of Kent
Index terms: Historiography - Medieval, Language and Literature - Middle English, Manuscripts and Palaeography
Paper 527-bManuscripts of the Brut and Cultural Archaeology
(Language: English)
William Marx, School of Cultural Studies, University of Wales Trinity Saint David
Index terms: Historiography - Medieval, Language and Literature - Middle English, Manuscripts and Palaeography
Abstract

This is the first of four sessions on the theme of ‘Books Have Their Histories’, organized in memory of the late Professor Lister M. Matheson. Lister Matheson was a major scholar in many fields, but two of his most important scholarly legacies lie in the areas of medieval chronicle studies, the English prose Brut chronicle in particular, and early book studies. His work demonstrates that a full understanding of medieval historical texts demands attention to both the content of the works in question and the material circumstances of producing those works. The papers in these four sessions focus on manuscripts and early printed editions of historical texts, as well as their scribes, printers, owners and patrons, in an aim to honour Lister Matheson and his work.