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IMC 2019: Sessions

Session 909: National Identity and Medieval History Writing, V: A Round Table Discussion

Tuesday 2 July 2019, 19.00-20.00

Organisers:Henry Marsh, Department of History, University of Exeter
Trevor Russell Smith, Institute for Medieval Studies, University of Leeds
Moderator/Chair:Alan V. Murray, Institute for Medieval Studies, University of Leeds

Ethnic and national identity were recurring themes in medieval historical and pseudo-historical literature. Writers reflected on the origins and characteristics of people in the context of multiple factors, such as history and pseudo-history, the symbolism of the landscape, and conflict. The round table will build upon the findings and discussions in the four sessions of this series on national identity in medieval history writing. It will explore areas needing more investigation or reconsideration, the varied ways national identity was constructed and imagined by medieval writers, and how identity was articulated in different types of writings.

Participants include Helen Fulton (University of Bristol), David Matthews (University of Manchester), and Owain Nash (University of Bristol).