Authoring the Past: History, Autobiography, and Politics in by Jaume Aurell

By Jaume Aurell

Authoring the Past surveys medieval Catalan historiography, laying off gentle at the emergence and evolution of ancient writing and autobiography within the center a while, on questions of authority and authorship, and at the hyperlinks among background and politics throughout the interval. Jaume Aurell examines texts from the past due 12th to the overdue fourteenth century—including the Latin Gesta comitum Barcinonensium and 4 texts in medieval Catalan: James I’s Llibre dels fets, the Crònica of Bernat Desclot, the Crònica of Ramon Muntaner, and the Crònica of Peter the Ceremonious—and outlines different motivations for the writing of each. 

For Aurell, those chronicles usually are not mere archaeological artifacts yet quite records that talk to their writers’ particular modern social and political reasons. He argues that those Catalonian counts and Aragonese kings have been trying to use their position as authors to legitimize their monarchical prestige, their transforming into political and fiscal strength, and their competitive expansionist rules within the Mediterranean. by means of examining those texts along each other, Aurell demonstrates the transferring contexts within which chronicles have been conceived, written, and skim during the center Ages.

The first learn of its style to make medieval Catalonian writings to be had to English-speaking audiences, Authoring the Past could be of curiosity to students of historical past and comparative literature, scholars of Hispanic and Romance medieval reviews, and medievalists who examine the chronicle culture in different languages.

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