IMC 2017: Sessions

Session 1502: Visualising History in Medieval Manuscripts

Thursday 6 July 2017, 09.00-10.30

Sponsor:JRRI: John Rylands Research Institute, University of Manchester
Organiser:Jessica Coatesworth, School of Arts, Languages & Cultures, University of Manchester
Moderator/Chair:Andrea Worm, Institut für Kunstgeschichte, Karl-Franzens-Universität Graz
Paper 1502-aFiguring History: Schematic Diagrams in the Margins of Peter Comestor's Historia Scholastica
(Language: English)
Irene A. O'Daly, Huygens Instituut voor Nederlandse Geschiedenis, Koninklijke Nederlandse Academie van Wetenschappen (ING - KNAW), Amsterdam
Index terms: Education, Historiography - Medieval, Manuscripts and Palaeography
Paper 1502-bBetween the Polychronicon and the Chronica Maiora: The Presentation of English Historical Writing in the 14th Century
(Language: English)
Jessica Coatesworth, School of Arts, Languages & Cultures, University of Manchester
Index terms: Historiography - Medieval, Manuscripts and Palaeography, Monasticism
Paper 1502-cWhy Were Histories Illuminated in the Anglo-Norman World?
(Language: English)
Laura Cleaver, Department of History of Art & Architecture, Trinity College Dublin
Index terms: Art History - General, Charters and Diplomatics, Historiography - Medieval, Manuscripts and Palaeography

History manuscripts have long been mined for information and insights into contemporary medieval life and events. Yet what is not often considered is how this information is presented on the page and how this affects our understanding of the manuscript as a whole. This session will explore new methodologies in manuscript studies. It will look at the ways in which visual and diagrammatic approaches to history recording shaped the information, reception, and dissemination of historiographical manuscripts and, ultimately, offer further insight into the production of history in the late Middle Ages.