TitleThe Past as Practice, c. 900-1300, III
Date/TimeTuesday 5 July 2022: 14.15-15.45
SponsorCentre for Research in Historiography & Historical Culture, Aberystwyth University
OrganiserBjörn Weiler, Department of History & Welsh History, Aberystwyth University
Moderator/ChairMia Münster-Swendsen, Institut for Kommunikation og Humanistisk Videnskab, Roskilde Universitet
Paper 708-a The Golden Legend as a Battlefield in Central Europe before 1300
(Language: English)
Milosz Sosnowski, Wydział Historii, Uniwersytet im. Adama Mickiewicza, Poznań
Index Terms: Hagiography; Historiography - Medieval
Paper 708-b Poeticising the Past in Robert Mannyng's Chronicle
(Language: English)
Jacqueline M. Burek, Department of English, George Mason University, Virginia
Index Terms: Historiography - Medieval; Language and Literature - Comparative
Paper 708-c Romualdo Guarna and Universal Chronicle Writing in Norman Southern Italy
(Language: English)
Gabriele Passabì, Independent Scholar, Cambridge
Index Terms: Historiography - Medieval; Manuscripts and Palaeography
AbstractAcross high medieval Europe, contemporaries engaged in reimagining, refashioning, recovering and recording the past. They did so in a range of genres and media: historical writing, charters, liturgical and legal texts, works of Biblical exegesis, even in moulding the landscape, in the design of buildings, manuscript illuminations and statues.

They did not do so in isolation. Uses and cultures of the past were as much social as they were cultural activities. Authors, informants, patrons, forebears, rivals, benefactors, peers, superiors, dependents, audiences, readers, scribes, copyists all played a part in preserving, shaping and using it.

We are concerned with these practices. How did people find out about the past? How was the past experienced? What was the role of patrons, benefactors, peers, rivals, informants, etc.? What can we say about dissemination? And what does answering these questions reveal about the broader social and cultural ferment out of which such engagements emerged?