IMC 2015: Sessions

Session 238: Writing History in the Urban World: The Low Countries and the North of France, 1100-1600, I

Monday 6 July 2015, 14.15-15.45

Organiser:Marie van Eeckenrode, Faculté de Philosophie, Arts et Lettres, Université catholique de Louvain, Louvain-la-Neuve
Moderator/Chair:Marie van Eeckenrode, Faculté de Philosophie, Arts et Lettres, Université catholique de Louvain, Louvain-la-Neuve
Paper 238-aUrban Politics and Historiography between France and Empire around 1100: The Canons of Cambrai and Their Discourse on the Urban Elites
(Language: English)
Nicolas Ruffini-Ronzani, Département d'Histoire, Université de Namur
Index terms: Historiography - Medieval, Language and Literature - Latin, Politics and Diplomacy
Paper 238-bThe Grandes Chroniques de France as Urban Historiography?: A Survey in the Manuscripts
(Language: English)
Antoine Brix, Département d'histoire, Université catholique de Louvain, Louvain-la-Neuve
Index terms: Historiography - Medieval, Literacy and Orality, Manuscripts and Palaeography
Paper 238-cUrban Perceptions of Authority: Opposing Reports on Archduke Maximilian (Late 15th Century), in Bruges and Mechelen
(Language: English)
Bram Caers, Faculteit Letteren en Wijsbegeerte, Universiteit Antwerpen
Lisa Demets, Vakgroep Geschiedenis, Universiteit Gent
Index terms: Historiography - Medieval, Language and Literature - Dutch, Manuscripts and Palaeography, Political Thought
Abstract

Urban historiography of densely populated regions, such as the north of Italy or parts of the German Empire, has drawn medievalists’ attention for many years, especially chronicles with great text traditions in manuscript and print. In these studies, the Low Countries or northern France have gone unnoticed, despite their powerful and well-developed cities. However, if indeed cities in these regions did not produce chronicles that fit the Italian typologies, they did have a deep-seated tradition of writing history and framing major events lived by the community in a shared memory. The aim of these two sessions, both carried by young scholars, is to present brand new reflections on urban historiography from 1100 to 1600, in order to broaden the range of texts usually presented as urban historiography, and to confront different cases (major and minor cities, distinct period or unlike auctorial context). We aim to look for reform and renewal in the genre of urban chronicles, but also in scholarly thinking about these topics.