Encyclopedia of the Medieval Chronicle

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The Encyclopedia of the Medieval Chronicle brings together the latest research in chronicle studies from a variety of disciplines and scholarly traditions. Chronicles are the history books written and read in educated circles throughout Europe and the Middle East in the Middle Ages. For the modern reader, they are important as sources for the history they tell, but equally they open windows on the preoccupations and self-perceptions of those who tell it. Interest in chronicles has grown steadily in recent decades, and the foundation of a Medieval Chronicle Society in 1999 is indicative of this. Indeed, in many ways the Encyclopedia has been inspired by the emergence of this Society as a focus of the interdisciplinary chronicle community.

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Quaedam narracio [de Groninghe, de Thrente, de Covordia et de diversis aliis sub diversis episcopis Traiectensibus]

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Author(s): Smithuis, Justine
(A certain narrative of Groningen, Drenthe, Coevorden, and of various other issues under various bishops of Utrecht) 1232/3. Low Countries. An anonymous Latin prose chronicle, written in the northern, Frisian part of the diocese of Utrecht. It narrates in 40 short capita the various attempts of the bishops from Hartbert (1139-50) to Wilbrand (1227-33) to consolidate their worldly power in Groningen, Drenthe and Coevorden. It also relates internal Utrecht affairs and the bishops' relations with the neighbouring counts of Holland and Gue…
Date: 2016-10-17

Quilichinus Spoletinus

(125 words)

Author(s): Delle Donne, Fulvio
[Vilichinus] fl. ca 1236. Recanati, Italy. Author of a Historia Alexandri Magni (History of Alexander the Great), a Latin poem in elegiac couplets taken from the version I 3 Historia de preliis ( History of the wars) of Pseudo-Callisthenes. This was subsequently translated into English and German. Manuscript: Naples, BN, V B 37.In 1935, S. H. Thomson erroneously attributed to Qulichinus the Preconia Frederici II (Praise of Frederick II), a Latin poem of 77 quatrains, because the two works appear together in the manuscript. The Preconia is in fact the work of Terrisio of Atina, w…
Date: 2016-10-17


(257 words)

Author(s): Kümper, Hiram
[Chronica brevis de Cartusiensi Ordine et Prioribus Cartusiae (Short chronicle of the Carthusian Order and the Priors of the Carthusians)] 14th century. South-East France. Anonymous Latin chronicle of the Carthusian order. This second comprehensive history of the Order (after the Laudemus) covers the first 23 priories of the Grand Chartreuse from 1084 to 1367. There is a revised version dating between 1381 and 1393. It is usually known simply as the Quoniam, from its incipit ( Quoniam attestante scriptura Ecclesiastici XXXIXo: Narrationem antiquorum sapiens exquiret ide…
Date: 2016-10-17