By Jaume Aurell
Authoring the Past surveys medieval Catalan historiography, laying off gentle at the emergence and evolution of old writing and autobiography within the center a while, on questions of authority and authorship, and at the hyperlinks among heritage and politics through 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 the various motivations for the writing of each.
For Aurell, those chronicles aren't mere archaeological artifacts yet particularly files 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 starting to be political and fiscal energy, and their competitive expansionist rules within the Mediterranean. via interpreting those texts along each other, Aurell demonstrates the transferring contexts within which chronicles have been conceived, written, and skim in the course of the center Ages.
The first learn of its type to make medieval Catalonian writings on hand to English-speaking audiences, Authoring the Past might be of curiosity to students of background and comparative literature, scholars of Hispanic and Romance medieval reports, and medievalists who learn the chronicle culture in different languages.
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Authoring the Past: History, Autobiography, and Politics in Medieval Catalonia by Jaume Aurell