Illuminating History in the Anglo-Norman World



The Courtauld Institute of Art, Research Forum South Room

17.30, Wednesday, 12 March 2014



Illuminating History in the Anglo-Norman World

Speaker(s): Dr Laura Cleaver (Trinity College, Dublin)

Ticket/entry details: Open to all, free admission

Organised by: Dr Tom Nickson

In the twelfth and thirteenth centuries history (interpreted as both the recent past and a period stretching back to include the biblical narrative) seems to have become a major interest for both the educated elite and a growing audience who accessed ideas through vernacular texts. New chronicles and annals were produced, together with accounts of the histories of particular peoples, nations and subjects. At the same time, history was explored through images in books and other media. Much historical writing in this period dealt with issues of conquest and identity, which were often allied to geography, ethnicity or particular institutions. The ‘History Books’ project, funded by the Marie Curie Programme (FP7), will examine surviving medieval manuscripts in order to investigate the writing of history in areas controlled by the Anglo-Norman Empire, concentrating on the period 1100-1300. In particular the project will explore the use of images in the presentation of history in books and beyond.

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