IMC 2018: Sessions

Session 1606: New Studies on Historiographical Manuscripts, I: Historians at Work

Thursday 5 July 2018, 11.15-12.45

Sponsor:H37 - Histoire & Cultures Graphiques, Université catholique de Louvain, Louvain-la-Neuve
Organiser:Antoine Brix, Département d'histoire, Université catholique de Louvain, Louvain-la-Neuve
Moderator/Chair:Antoine Brix, Département d'histoire, Université catholique de Louvain, Louvain-la-Neuve
Paper 1606-aA 13th-Century Historian at Work: Giles of Orval and the Autograph of the Gesta episcoporum Leodiensium
(Language: English)
Nicolas Ruffini-Ronzani, Département d'Histoire, Université de Namur
Index terms: Historiography - Medieval, Manuscripts and Palaeography
Paper 1606-bÉtienne Maleu: A French Historian and His Sources at the Beginning of the 14th Century
(Language: English)
Pauline Bouchaud, École Pratique des Hautes Études (EPHE), Université de Recherche Paris Sciences et Lettres
Index terms: Archives and Sources, Historiography - Medieval
Paper 1606-cEmbarrassment of Riches or Hobson's Choice?: A Burgundian Historiographer's Journey into the Distant Past
(Language: English)
Elena Koroleva, Département de Lettres Modernes, Université de Lille / Département de Lettres Modernes, Université de Rouen Normandie
Index terms: Historiography - Medieval, Language and Literature - French or Occitan
Abstract

The first of two dedicated to historiographical manuscripts of the European Middle Ages, this session will address the various ways in which medieval historians deal with, and relate to, the written sources of their work. In their hands, sources were not so much mere texts as concrete manuscripts, i.e. complex, relatively scarce and, by definition, unique cultural artefacts. In this respect, historiography writing appears to be a documentary practice and a circumstantial endeavour much dependent on the material predicament of every single historian engaged in it: what is known to him/her, what he/she has access to, what others can supply him/her with, what he/she is able to use, what is relevant to his/her work, etc.