IMC 2018: Sessions

Session 1134: Perceptions of Identity in Medieval Chronicles

Wednesday 4 July 2018, 11.15-12.45

Moderator/Chair:Anti Selart, Institute of History & Archaeology, University of Tartu
Paper 1134-aThe Kings of León and the Kings of Castile in Lucas of Tuy's Chronicon mundi
(Language: English)
Diego Rodríguez-Peña Sainz de la Maza, Departamento de Historia Antigua, Historia Medieval y Paleografía y Diplomática, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid
Index terms: Historiography - Medieval, Mentalities, Political Thought
Paper 1134-bHalf-Remembered Grievances: Guelfs, Ghibellines, and the Pisans in Giovanni Sercambi's Chronicle of Lucca
(Language: English)
Daniel Jamison, Centre for Medieval Studies, University of Toronto, Downtown
Index terms: Historiography - Medieval, Local History, Political Thought, Politics and Diplomacy

Paper -a:
This paper aims to present what was the perception of Lucas of Tuy, Leonese cleric and chronicler who wrote his Chronicon mundi in c. 1236-1238, about the monarchs of León and those of Castile during the period of separation between both kingdoms (1157-1230). Traditionally, historiography has argued for his pro-Leonese and anti-Castilian point of view, but this work wants to nuance these arguments and display, through to the study of the different kings’ images given in the Chronicon, that Lucas’s view was not, in fact, so radical.

Paper -b:
Towards the end of the 14th century, Giovanni Sercambi begins assembling a new history of his native Lucca. But when he finally works his way up to the present, his instinct for praise and blame becomes tangled up with his own feelings about the Guinigi family, soon to lord over Lucca. Shifting political allegiances muddy the line between Guelfs and Ghibellines, so clear in earlier chapters, and confuse the depiction of neighbouring – and traditionally hated – Pisa. This paper examines these contradictory depictions and the role of false memories within Sercambi’s reformulation of his own recent past.