Histories and Pseudo-Histories of the Insular Middle Ages: 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Histories and Pseudo-Histories of the Insular Middle Ages

1st Edition

By David N. Dumville


352 pages

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Hardback: 9780860782643
pub: 1990-04-25

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The centuries that followed the Roman withdrawal from the British Isles have not been called 'Dark' for nothing; in the sources that survive, fact and legend seem inextricably intertwined, and the work of later medieval writers has only deepened the confusion. Dr. Dumville has done much to help dissect and disentangle these sources, probing the cultural history of the Insular Middle Ages, tracing the channels through which historical knowledge was transmitted and the interaction of political thought and historical writing - ideologically based historiography looms large as evidence in any attempt to grasp how medieval people comprehended their past. In these essays, he concentrates on the historiographical practices of the Irish, Britons and English, which shared much in common. Specific themes are the Insular cultivation of genealogy, the classic British pseudo-history (as in the Historia Brittonum and Geoffrey of Monmouth), the important Cistercian school of historical studies at Sawley, and the traditions of annalistic chronicling. An important section of Addenda is also provided. Les siècles qui ont suivi le retrait romain des îles britanniques n’ont pas été qualifiés d’ ’Obscurs’ sans raison; dans les sources, faits et légendes semblent être irrémédiablement embrouillés et les traveaux d’écrivans médiéaveaux postérieurs n’ont guère fait que d’ajouter à la confusion qui régnait déjà. Le Dr Dumville a beaucoup fait, afin d’aider à disséquer et démêler ces sources, en explorant l’histoire culturelle du Moyen Age. Insulaire, en retraçant les voies par lesquelles la connaissance historiquefut transmise, ainsi que celles l’internaction de la pensée politique et de l’écriture historique. Ces essais se concentre sur les pratiques historiographes des Irlandais, des Britanniques et des Anglais qui possèdent un bon nombre d’aspects en commun. Les thèmes les plus spécifiques sont ceux de la culture Insulaire de la g

Table of Contents

Contents: Foreword; Sub-Roman Britain: history and legend; On the north British section of the Historia Brittonum; The Welsh Latin annals; Some aspects of the chronology of the Historia Brittonum; The Anglian collection of royal geneaologies and regnal lists; a new chronicle-fragment of early British history (with appendices, I: A note on the Picts in Orkney; II: A note on the mission of Palladius); The historical value of the Historia Brittonum; The 16th-century history of two Cambridge manuscripts from Sawley; The Corpus Christi 'Nennius' ; 'Nennius' and the Historia Brittonum; Celtic-Latin texts in northern England, c. 1150-c.1250; The Liber Floridus of Lambert of Saint-Omer and the Historia Brittonum; A paraphrase of the Historia Brittonum: two fragments; An early text of Geoffrey of Monmouth's Historia Regum Britanniae and the circulation of some Latin histories in 12th century Normandy; Kingship, geneaologies and regnal lists; On editing and translating medieval Irish chronicles: the Annals of Ulster; Latin and Irish in the Annals of Ulster, A.D. 431-1050; Addenda; Indexes.

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