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Authority and Gender in Medieval and Renaissance Chronicles

Editor(s): Juliana Dresvina, Nicholas Sparks
Contributors: Jinty (Janet L.) Nelson, Ryan Lavelle Ryan, Gregory Fedorenko, Cristian Bratu Cristian, Sarah Lambert,

Book Description

This volume is an attempt to discuss the ways in which themes of authority and gender can be traced in the writing of chronicles and chronicle-like writings from the early Middle Ages to the Renaissance. With major contributions by fourteen authors, each of them specialists in the field, this study spans full across the compass of medieval and early modern Europe, from England and Scandinavia, to Byzantium and the Crusader Kingdoms; embraces a variety of media and methods; and touches evidence from diverse branches of learning such as language and literature, history and art, to name just a few. This is an important collection which will be of the highest utility for students and scholars of language, literature, and history for many years to come.


ISBN-13: 978-1-4438-4145-0
ISBN-10: 1-4438-4145-5
Date of Publication: 01/11/2012
Pages / Size: 495 / A5
Price: £54.99


Dr Juliana Dresvina is currently a British Academy Post-doctoral Fellow at King’s College London, Visiting Scholar at St Edmund’s College, Cambridge, and a research member of Wolfson College, Oxford, working on the psycho-history of late-medieval religious writings. She has previously worked at the universities of Cambridge, Oxford, London, Reading and Winchester, and held research fellowships in Paul Mellon Centre for British Art, London, and INHA, Paris. Apart from articles on hagiography, she has contributed to the Prosopography of Anglo-Saxon England project, published a parallel edition of Julian of Norwich’s works with the first ever Russian translation (2010), and is a co-editor, with Nicholas Sparks, of The Medieval Chronicle VII (2011). She is also a co-founder, again, with Dr Sparks, of the biennial Oxford-Cambridge Chronicles Symposium.

Dr Nicholas Sparks gained his first degree in Australia, where he studied Old English Language and Literature, with specific focus on the palaeography of Anglo-Saxon texts. He read Anglo-Saxon History at the University of Cambridge, where he went on to receive a PhD for his work “Textual Histories of the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle: The Alfredian Common Stock”. Since 2006, he has been a Research Assistant at Evellum Digital Publishing. Since 2008, he has been supervising students of palaeography and codicology at the Department of Anglo-Saxon, Norse, University of Cambridge. He is currently involved in a few novel interdisciplinary collaborations, including the new scholarly digital facsimile edition of Oxford, Bodleian Library MS Laud Misc. 636, the “Peterborough Chronicle” (ASC witness E), to be published in 2013 as Vol. 4 in the Bodleian Digital Texts Series. He is a Visiting Research Fellow at the Institute of English Studies, School of Advanced Study, University of London, and Assistant Librarian at the Warburg Institute.