In Their Own Words: Practices of Quotation in Early Medieval History-Writing

By Jeanette Beer

© 2014

In Their Own Words examines early medieval history-writing through quotation practices in five works, each in some way the first of its kind. Nithard’s Historiae de dissensionibus filiorum Ludovici Pii is extraordinary for its quotation of vernacular oaths, the first recorded piece of French. The Gesta Francorum is the first eye-witness account of the First Crusade. Geoffrey of Villehardouin’s La Conquête de Constantinople, written by a leader and negotiator of the Fourth Crusade, and Robert de Clari’s La Conquête de Constantinople, written by a common soldier in the same crusade, are the first extant French prose histories. Li Fet des Romains, a translation and compilation of all the classical texts about Julius Caesar (including Caesar’s own Gallic Wars) that were known in the thirteenth century, is the first work of ancient historiography and the first biography to appear in French.

Jeanette Beer’s work bridges the divide between the study of vernacular and Latin writing, providing new evidence that the linguistic cultures were not isolated from each other. Her examination of quotation practices in early medieval histories illuminates the relationship between classical and contemporary influences in the formative period of history-writing in the West.

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Jeanette Beer’s work bridges the divide between the study of vernacular and Latin writing, providing new evidence that the linguistic cultures were not isolated from each other.

In Their Own Words: Practices of Quotation in Early Medieval History-Writing

By Jeanette Beer

© 2014

In Their Own Words examines early medieval history-writing through quotation practices in five works, each in some way the first of its kind. Nithard’s Historiae de dissensionibus filiorum Ludovici Pii is extraordinary for its quotation of vernacular oaths, the first recorded piece of French. The Gesta Francorum is the first eye-witness account of the First Crusade. Geoffrey of Villehardouin’s La Conquête de Constantinople, written by a leader and negotiator of the Fourth Crusade, and Robert de Clari’s La Conquête de Constantinople, written by a common soldier in the same crusade, are the first extant French prose histories. Li Fet des Romains, a translation and compilation of all the classical texts about Julius Caesar (including Caesar’s own Gallic Wars) that were known in the thirteenth century, is the first work of ancient historiography and the first biography to appear in French.

Jeanette Beer’s work bridges the divide between the study of vernacular and Latin writing, providing new evidence that the linguistic cultures were not isolated from each other. Her examination of quotation practices in early medieval histories illuminates the relationship between classical and contemporary influences in the formative period of history-writing in the West.

Continue Reading Read Less

Product Details

  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 176 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.3in x 0.7in x 9.4in
  • Reviews

    ‘Beer’s discussion is an intriguing exploration of medieval historiographical practices that continue to be regrettably understudies. Its enthusiastic engagement with both Latin and vernacular sources contribute to the welcome emergence of a robust interest in medieval multilingualism.’


    Elizaveta Strakhov
    Speculum vol 91:02:2016

    ‘It is a pleasure to read this short, perceptive, and thought-provoking book by a scholar of medieval French… It is a contribution to the interdisciplinary work that we badly need.’


    Susan Reynolds
    The Brown Book (Lady Margaret Hall – Oxford) 2015

    “With the increase in interest in medieval chronicles in recent years, In Their Own Words is a timely study that will find a place on many academics’ bookshelves. Both erudite and readable, this is an important study that bridges the divide between vernacular and Latin writing.”


    Marianne Ailes, School of Modern Languages, University of Bristol

    In Their Own Words is a highly readable account of the use of quotation in these important early texts. The clear and vibrant summaries and translations of these crucial primary sources are riveting and accessible, and the text is erudite and extremely focused.”


    Sharon Rowley, Department of English, Christopher Newport University
  • Author Information

    Jeanette Beer is a professor emerita and a senior member of Lady Margaret Hall and St Hilda’s College, at Oxford University.
  • Table of contents

    Foreword

    Chapter One – The First Words of French: Nithard’s Historiae de dissensionibus filiorum        Ludovici Pii

    Chapter Two – Whose Words are They? Gesta Francorum et aliorum Hierosolimitanorum

    Chapter Three – Villehardouin ‘Who Never to the Best of his Knowledge Spoke an

    Untrue Word’ La Conquête de Constantinople

    Chapter Four – Robert de Clari, Povre  Chevalier Who ‘Wrote the Straight Truth’: La Conquête de Constantinople

    Chapter Five – In the Words of the Author: Li Fet des Romains: The Gallic War

    Chapter Six – In the Words of the Author: Li Fet des Romains: The Civil War

    Conclusion

    Afterword

    Bibliography of Works Cited

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