IMC 2017: Sessions

Session 1215: The Other Side of Present: Medieval Notions of Time as Historia

Wednesday 5 July 2017, 14.15-15.45

Organisers:Miriam Czock, Historisches Institut, Universität Duisburg-Essen
Laury Sarti, Historisches Seminar, Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg
Moderator/Chair:Rosamond McKitterick, Sidney Sussex College, University of Cambridge
Paper 1215-aThe Use of Historia in Reading the Bible: Carolingian Concepts of Time and Uses of the Past
(Language: English)
Miriam Czock, Historisches Institut, Universität Duisburg-Essen
Index terms: Mentalities, Religious Life
Paper 1215-bThe History of a Common Roman Past in 10th-Century Byzantium and the Ottonian West?: A Comparative Approach
(Language: English)
Laury Sarti, Historisches Seminar, Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg
Index terms: Byzantine Studies, Historiography - Medieval
Paper 1215-cOurselves, Neighbours, and Ancestors in the Northern English Historia Brittonum (Cambridge, Corpus Christi College, MS 139)
(Language: English)
Nicholas Evans, Independent Scholar, Cottingham
Index terms: Archives and Sources, Historiography - Medieval, Language and Literature - Comparative, Mentalities
Abstract

The process of writing history and the role it attributes to the past are much discussed topics amongst historians. This session sheds new light on the medieval perception of the past as historia and how it was used to serve current needs. For this, it examines how the past was shaped in the light of the present by analysing the perception of time as ‘past’ and how it was transformed and adopted when new narratives were forged. Paper -a aims to analyse how Carolingian scholars like Hrabanus Maurus thought about historia as a linear concept and its uses for the interpretation of the Bible, while paper -b compares the roles attributed to Antiquity in 10th-century historiography in Byzantium and the Ottonian west. Paper -c explores how the Historia Brittonum was adapted and used in CCCC MS 139 (12th-century) to present the history of British insular ethnic groups.