IMC 2017: Sessions

Session 713: Origo gentis: The Origin Legends of Medieval Europe, III

Tuesday 4 July 2017, 14.15-15.45

Organisers:Ben Guy, Department of Anglo-Saxon, Norse & Celtic, University of Cambridge
Rebecca Thomas, Department of Anglo-Saxon, Norse & Celtic, University of Cambridge
Moderator/Chair:Máire Ní Mhaonaigh, Department of Anglo-Saxon, Norse & Celtic, University of Cambridge
Paper 713-aThe Rhodri Mawr Legend: Genealogical Teleology in the 12th Century and Beyond
(Language: English)
Ben Guy, Department of Anglo-Saxon, Norse & Celtic, University of Cambridge
Index terms: Genealogy and Prosopography, Historiography - Medieval, Language and Literature - Celtic, Language and Literature - Latin
Paper 713-bMeasure Once, Resegment Twice: The Munster Genealogies, the Éoganachta, and the Érainn
(Language: English)
Matthew Holmberg, Department of Celtic Literature & Languages, Harvard University
Index terms: Genealogy and Prosopography, Historiography - Medieval, Language and Literature - Celtic, Language and Literature - Latin
Paper 713-cÍslendingabók as Origin Myth and Icelandic Proto-Ecclesiastical History: An Appraisal Based on Chronological Structure
(Language: English)
Benjamin Allport, Department of Anglo-Saxon, Norse & Celtic, University of Cambridge
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Geography and Settlement Studies, Historiography - Medieval, Language and Literature - Scandinavian
Abstract

It was a universal practice to record stories about the origins of peoples, kingdoms, and dynasties in the Middle Ages. These stories enabled individuals to locate themselves and their societies within a larger historical and mythological context. There are certain features common to the origin legends of different peoples and regions, such as genealogy and migration, which served an aetiological function in helping people understand the present as an outcome of the past. Origin legends were not always consistent with each other however, as they were often used to press conflicting claims. These three sessions explore aspects of origin legends from across medieval western Europe.