IMC 2018: Sessions

Session 825: Memory and Myth: Remembering Medieval Ireland and Its Neighbours, IV - Historiography on the Borders

Tuesday 3 July 2018, 16.30-18.00

Sponsor:Medieval History Research Centre, Trinity College Dublin
Organiser:Áine Foley, Medieval History Research Centre, Trinity College Dublin
Moderator/Chair:Sparky Booker, School of History, Anthropology, Philosophy & Politics, Queen's University Belfast
Paper 825-aThe Interface between Hagiography and History in Medieval Wales
(Language: English)
Barry James Lewis, School of Celtic Studies, Dublin Institute of Advanced Studies
Index terms: Hagiography, Historiography - Medieval
Paper 825-bFamily Memory on the Welsh Frontier: Reconstructing the Past in Marcher Chronicles and Genealogies
(Language: English)
Georgia Henley, Department of English / Center for Spatial and Textual Analysis, Stanford University
Index terms: Genealogy and Prosopography, Social History
Paper 825-cCommunity Reading in English Ireland: Memory and Vernacular Didactic texts
(Language: English)
Caoimhe Whelan, Department of History, Trinity College Dublin
Index terms: Language and Literature - Old English, Manuscripts and Palaeography

The first paper will examine the intersection between hagiography and history in medieval Wales, mostly though 12th century writers such as Geoffrey of Monmouth. The second paper will also use Geoffrey as a key source and it will explore the histories of families living in the Welsh Marches, particularly in Shropshire and Herefordshire. It will look at how their Welsh ancestry is treated, elided, or emphasized for purpose; and whether their sense of Marcher identity expands beyond the immediate family. The final paper is an exploration of vernacular works circulating in English-Ireland, focusing on a number of vernacular didactic works.