IMC 2018: Sessions

Session 819: Newsgathering and History in the High to Late Middle Ages

Tuesday 3 July 2018, 16.30-18.00

Sponsor:Centre for Historiography & Historical Culture, Aberystwyth University
Organiser:Nathan Greasley, Department of History & Welsh History, Aberystwyth University
Moderator/Chair:Björn Weiler, Department of History & Welsh History, Aberystwyth University
Paper 819-aChronicling Disaster in 1187
(Language: English)
Helen Birkett, Department of History, University of Exeter
Index terms: Crusades, Historiography - Medieval, Manuscripts and Palaeography
Paper 819-bThe Reception of Written News in Late Medieval Manuscripts from St Albans Abbey, c. 1370-c. 1440
(Language: English)
Elisa Mantienne, Campus Lettres et Sciences Humaines, Université de Lorraine
Index terms: Historiography - Medieval, Manuscripts and Palaeography
Abstract

The process of newsgathering has long been studied by modern and early modern historians, but only recently have their medievalist counterparts begun to take an interest in the subject themselves. Monastic historical writing such as annals and chronicles are often crucial sources in our understanding of events, but often we know very little about how their compilers gathered the information necessary to put their works together. This session will focus on the documentary news material utilized by monastic writers, with a particular focus on pattern of preservation and evidence for the ways in which this kind of material circulated.