The Languages of History in the Middle Ages

The Languages of History in the Middle Ages

This event has finished Took place on: Friday, 14th Jun 2019

Robert Bartlett asks who wrote history in medieval Europe, for whom, and the history of what?

Medieval Europe was a multilingual society where the learned language of Latin overlapped with many local vernaculars. Historians of that time had to choose which language to use, and this lecture discusses that choice, looking at the relative prestige of different languages and the assumptions that were made about the appropriate audience and occasion for each.

It discusses the writing of history in Latin and the vernacular, the main patterns and changes over time, the important role of French - well outside France itself - the part played by translations and the milieux in which historical writing was located. Through this vast maze, the guiding thread is provided by the questions, who wrote history, for whom, and the history of what?

Robert Bartlett is Bishop Wardlaw Professor of Mediaeval History emeritus at the University of St Andrews.

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2019-06-14 2019-06-14 Europe/London The Languages of History in the Middle Ages Robert Bartlett asks who wrote history in medieval Europe, for whom, and the history of what? https://www.ianvisits.co.uk/calendar/2019/06/14/the-languages-of-history-in-the-middle-ages-203051 The British Library,96 Euston Road, London, London,

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