Academic journal article Medium Aevum

ÉCritures De L'histoire (XIVe-XVIe Siècle): Actes Du Colloque Du Centre Montaigne, Bordeaux, 19-21 Septembre 2002

Academic journal article Medium Aevum

ÉCritures De L'histoire (XIVe-XVIe Siècle): Actes Du Colloque Du Centre Montaigne, Bordeaux, 19-21 Septembre 2002

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Écritures de l'histoire (XIVe-XVIe siècle): Actes du colloque du Centre Montaigne, Bordeaux, 19-21 septembre 2002, ed. Daniele Bohler and Catherine Magnien Simonin, Travaux d'humanisme et Renaissance 406 (Geneva: Droz, 2005). 565 pp. ISBN 2-600-01011-4. Sw. fr. 184.00.

This volume of conference proceedings is another welcome illustration of the fact that there is no chasm dividing the Middle Ages from the Renaissance; the continuity, as the contributions move smoothly between the fourteenth and sixteenth centuries, is perfecdy evident - though a conference organized at the Centre Montaigne could hardly avoid focusing on the latter end of the period, with about two-thirds of the twenty-nine articles primarily about the sixteenth century or later. The tide is carefully chosen to cover far more than simply historiography, and there is a wide spread of articles discussing other historical forms including archaeology (Gorris, Cooper), romans d'aventures (Doudet), poetry (Chiron, Thiry, Menager), memoirs (Dufournet), pamphlets (Graves), and anecdotal writings (Berce).

The articles are divided into three roughly equal sections. 'Aux sources', the first section, has some interesting work on why and how writers compose history - or don't, as in the case of Pierre de L'Estoile, discussed by Yardeni, who never got beyond collecting material in his Registre-journal. A highlight of this section is Chazan's exploration of the figure of Charlemagne in medieval historiography from the twelfth to the fifteenth centuries, and his 'reuse' in Metz at the very end of the Middle Ages and beyond. The most enjoyable article in the second section, Au pupitre', is Heullant-Donat's entertaining and acute piece of detective work snowing the supposedly thirteenth-century Chronicon Gualdense to be a sixteenth-century forgery; but there are other articles of interest to medievalists too. …

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