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IMC 2015: Sessions

Session 338: Writing History in the Urban World: The Low Countries and the North of France, 1100-1600, II

Monday 6 July 2015, 16.30-18.00

Sponsor:Réseau des médiévistes belges de langue française
Organiser:Nicolas Ruffini-Ronzani, Département d'Histoire, Université de Namur
Moderator/Chair:Nicolas Ruffini-Ronzani, Département d'Histoire, Université de Namur
Paper 338-aThe Diary of Ghent: Late Medieval Historiography between Conflict and Memory
(Language: English)
Tineke van Gassen, Vakgroep Geschiedenis, Universiteit Gent
Index terms: Administration, Historiography - Medieval, Local History, Manuscripts and Palaeography
Paper 338-bUrban History Writing in Its Political Context: How External Relations Show Aspects of Urban Identity in Late Medieval Holland
(Language: English)
Jenine de Vries, Department of History, Durham University
Index terms: Historiography - Medieval, Manuscripts and Palaeography, Mentalities, Political Thought
Paper 338-cNo Urban Historiography?: Who Said So?
(Language: English)
Marie van Eeckenrode, Faculté de Philosophie, Arts et Lettres, Université catholique de Louvain, Louvain-la-Neuve
Index terms: Administration, Historiography - Medieval, Political Thought, Politics and Diplomacy

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.