IMC 2015: Sessions

Session 306: Writing History in Medieval Poland

Monday 6 July 2015, 16.30-18.00

Organiser:Julia Verkholantsev, Department of Slavic Languages & Literatures, University of Pennsylvania
Moderator/Chair:Balázs Nagy, Department of Medieval Studies, Central European University, Budapest / Eötvös Loránd University
Paper 306-aHistorical Interests in 15th-Century Poland
(Language: English)
Paul Knoll, Department of History, University of Southern California
Index terms: Education, Historiography - Medieval, Language and Literature - Latin, Language and Literature - Slavic
Paper 306-bPolish History in Jan Długosz's Annales from the Early Middle Ages to the Second Half of the 15th Century
(Language: English)
Beata Możejko, Zakład Historii Średniowiecza Polski i Nauk Pomocniczych Historii, Uniwersytet Gdański
Index terms: Historiography - Medieval, Language and Literature - Latin, Local History, Politics and Diplomacy
Paper 306-cEtymology, Rhetoric, and History in the Historical Writing of Medieval Poland
(Language: English)
Julia Verkholantsev, Department of Slavic Languages & Literatures, University of Pennsylvania
Index terms: Historiography - Medieval, Language and Literature - Latin, Language and Literature - Slavic, Rhetoric
Abstract

The session unites papers that raise a number of questions related to objects and methods of history writing in Medieval Europe. It focuses on historical works written about Poland. Particular attention will be given to interests that 15th-century historians (e.g. John of Dąbrówka and John Długosz) pursued in their works, and their historiographic activity will be considered in the university and ecclesiastical context. Questions under consideration include medieval authors’ understanding of what constitutes ‘historical truth’ and their use of language as an epistemological instrument, as well as methodological distinctions between ‘historical rhetoric’, ‘historical narrative’, and ‘historical method’ that help us describe medieval writings about the past.