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A warning to the incurious: M. R. James, the Scalacronica and the Anglo-Norman prose Brut Chronicle

King, Andy and Marvin, Julia (2008) A warning to the incurious: M. R. James, the Scalacronica and the Anglo-Norman prose Brut Chronicle In, Kooper, Erik (eds.) The Medieval Chronicle V. United States, US, Rodopi pp. 129-146.

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There are several reasons why the chronicle is particularly suited as the topic of a yearbook. In the first place there is its ubiquity: all over Europe and throughout the Middle Ages chronicles were written, both in Latin and in the vernacular, and not only in Europe but also in the countries neighbouring on it, like those of the Arabic world. Secondly, all chronicles raise such questions as by whom, for whom, or for what purpose were they written, how do they reconstruct the past, what determined the choice of verse or prose, or what kind of literary influences are discernable in them. Finally, many chronicles have been beautifully illuminated, and the relation between text and image leads to a wholly different set of questions.

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Published date: 2008
Additional Information: The yearbook The Medieval Chronicle aims to provide a representative survey of the on-going research in the field of chronicle studies, illustrated by examples from specific chronicles from a wide variety of countries, periods and cultural backgrounds.


Local EPrints ID: 154049
ISBN: 9042023546
PURE UUID: 8b4bbc94-c45f-452f-9205-16958d6a1de0

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Date deposited: 24 May 2010 12:40
Last modified: 18 Jul 2017 12:47

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Author: Andy King
Author: Julia Marvin
Editor: Erik Kooper

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