Session613
TitleOrigo gentis: The Origin Legends of Medieval Europe, II
Date/TimeTuesday 4 July 2017: 11.15-12.45
 
OrganiserBen Guy, Department of Anglo-Saxon, Norse & Celtic, University of Cambridge
Rebecca Thomas, School of History, Philosophy & Social Sciences, Bangor University
 
Moderator/ChairCharles Insley, Centre for Medieval & Early Modern Studies / Department of History, University of Manchester
 
Paper 613-a Brython and Saesson: The Development of Origin Legends in 10th-Century Wales
(Language: English)
Rebecca Thomas, School of History, Philosophy & Social Sciences, Bangor University
Index Terms: Historiography - Medieval; Language and Literature - Celtic; Language and Literature - Comparative; Language and Literature - Latin
Paper 613-b Out of Scandza: The Enduring Myth of the Gothic Saxons
(Language: English)
Catalin Taranu, Institut für Anglistik, Amerikanistik und Keltologie, Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn
Index Terms: Historiography - Medieval; Language and Literature - Latin; Language and Literature - Old English; Medievalism and Antiquarianism
Paper 613-c Globalising Ireland: Universal History and the Irish World Chronicle
(Language: English)
Máire Ní Mhaonaigh, Department of Anglo-Saxon, Norse & Celtic, University of Cambridge
Index Terms: Biblical Studies; Historiography - Medieval; Language and Literature - Celtic; Language and Literature - Latin
 
AbstractIt was a universal practice to record stories about the origins of peoples, kingdoms, and dynasties in the middle ages. These stories enabled individuals to locate themselves and their societies within a larger historical and mythological context. There are certain features common to the origin legends of different peoples and regions, such as genealogy and migration, which served an aetiological function in helping people understand the present as an outcome of the past. Origin legends were not always consistent with each other however, as they were often used to press conflicting claims. These three sessions explore aspects of origin legends from across medieval western Europe.