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Drawing on the perspectives of modern and medieval narratology, medieval multilingualism, and cultural memory, History and the Written Word argues that members of an administrative elite demonstrated their mastery of the rules of literate political behavior by producing and consuming history-writing and its documents.
I am a scholar of medieval history and medieval literature written in English, French and Latin. I am affiliated to the department of English and Related Literature at the University of York (UK) and the department for English, Romance and Germanic Studies at the University of Copenhagen. More about me…
“Offering fresh insights and deftly incorporating a wide selection of apt modern scholarship and theory, History and the Written Word leads us to talk about the deep issues of collective identity and state formation.”—Nancy Partner, McGill University
This book (co-edited with Michele Campopiano) opens up the vitality, flexibility and cultural importance of universal chronicles, one of the most widespread – but least studied – genres of medieval literature.
How do you write the history of your best friend’s murder? This article on Herbert of Bosham (d. after 1189), explores how he “writes as he mourns and mourns as he writes” in the wake of Thomas Becket’s murder.