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    Format: 1 online resource (x, 396 pages)
    ISBN: 9781787443433 , 9781783273355 , 9781783273355
    Series Statement: Crusading in context
    Content: The idea of what an "eyewitness" account is here scrutinised through examination of key Crusading texts. "Eyewitness" is a familiar label that historians apply to numerous pieces of evidence. It carries compelling connotations of trustworthiness and particular proximity to the lived experience of historical actors. But it has received surprisingly little critical attention. This book seeks to open up discussion of what we mean when we label a historical source in this way. Through a close analysis of accounts of the Second, Third and Fourth Crusades, as well as an in-depth discussion of recent research by cognitive and social psychologists into perception and memory, this book challenges historians of the Middle Ages to revisit their often unexamined assumptions about the place of eyewitness narratives within the taxonomies of historical evidence. It is for the most part impossible to situate the authors of the texts studied here, viewed as historical actors, in precise spatial and temporal relation to the action that they purport to describe. Nor can we ever be truly certain what they actually saw. In what, therefore, does the authors' eyewitness status reside, and is this, indeed, a valid category of analysis? This book argues that the most productive way in which to approach the figure of the autoptic author is not as some floating presence close to historical events, validating our knowledge of them, but as an artefact of the text's meaning-making operations, in particular as these are opened up to scrutiny by narratological concepts such as the narrator, focalization and storyworld. The conclusion that emerges is that there is no single understanding of eyewitness running through the texts, for all their substantive and thematic similarities; each fashions its narratorial voice in different ways as a function of its particular story-telling strategies. MARCUS BULL is Andrew W Mellon Distinguished Professor of Medieval and Early Modern Studies at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.
    Note: Title from publisher's bibliographic system (viewed on 20 Feb 2019)
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    Language: English
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    Suffolk : Boydell & Brewer
    Format: 1 Online-Ressource (x, 174 pages) , digital, PDF file(s)
    ISBN: 9781782042808 , 9781843839200
    Content: The First Crusade (1095-1101) was the stimulus for a substantial boom in Western historical writing in the first decades of the twelfth century, beginning with the so-called "eyewitness" accounts of the crusade and extending to numerous second-hand treatments in prose and verse. From the time when many of these accounts were first assembled in printed form by Jacques Bongars in the early seventeenth century, and even more so since their collective appearance in the great nineteenth-century compendium of crusade texts, the Recueil des historiens des croisades, narrative histories have come to be regarded as the single most important resource for the academic study of the early crusade movement. But our understanding of these texts is still far from satisfactory. This ground-breaking volume draws together the work of an international team of scholars. It tackles the disjuncture between the study of the crusades and the study of medieval history-writing, setting the agenda for future research into historical narratives about or inspired by crusading. The basic premise that informs all the papers is that narrative accounts of crusades and analogous texts should not be primarily understood as repositories of data that contribute to a reconstruction of events, but as cultural artefacts that can be interrogated from a wide range of theoretical, methodological and thematic perspectives. Marcus Bull is Andrew W Mellon Distinguished Professor of Medieval and Early Modern Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; Damien Kempf is Senior Lecturer in Medieval History at the University of Liverpool. Contributors: Laura Ashe, Steven Biddlecombe, Marcus Bull, Peter Frankopan, Damian Kempf, James Naus, Léan Ní Chléirigh, Nicholas Paul, William J. Purkis, Luigi Russo, Jay Rubenstein, Carol Sweetenham
    Note: Title from publisher's bibliographic system (viewed on 02 Oct 2015) , Introduction , Baldric of Bourgueil and the Familia Christi , Guibert of Nogent, Albert of Aachen and Fulcher of Chartres : three Crusade chronicles intersect , Understanding the Greek sources for the First Crusade , The Monte Cassino tradition of the First Crusade : from the Chronica monasterii casinensis to the Hystoria de via et recuperatione Antiochiae atque Ierosolymarum , Nova peregrinatio : the First Crusade as a pilgrimage in contemporary Latin narratives , What really happened to Eurvin de Créel's donkey? : anecdotes in sources for the First Crusade , Porta clausa : trial and triumph at the gates of Jerusalem , The Historia iherosolimitana of Robert the Monk and the coronation of Louis VI , Towards a textual archaeology of the First Crusade , Robert the Monk and his source(s) , Rewriting the history books : the First Crusade and the past , The ideal of knighthood in English and French writing, 1100-1230 : crusade, piety, chivalry and patriotism
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    Language: English
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