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By Jaume Aurell

Authoring the Past surveys medieval Catalan historiography, laying off mild at the emergence and evolution of old writing and autobiography within the heart a while, on questions of authority and authorship, and at the hyperlinks among historical past and politics in the course of the interval. Jaume Aurell examines texts from the past due 12th to the overdue fourteenth century—including the Latin Gesta comitum Barcinonensium and 4 texts in medieval Catalan: James I’s Llibre dels fets, the Crònica of Bernat Desclot, the Crònica of Ramon Muntaner, and the Crònica of Peter the Ceremonious—and outlines the several motivations for the writing of each. 

For Aurell, those chronicles should not mere archaeological artifacts yet particularly files that talk to their writers’ particular modern social and political reasons. He argues that those Catalonian counts and Aragonese kings have been trying to use their position as authors to legitimize their monarchical prestige, their growing to be political and monetary strength, and their competitive expansionist guidelines within the Mediterranean. by means of reading those texts along each other, Aurell demonstrates the transferring contexts during which chronicles have been conceived, written, and browse through the center Ages.

The first learn of its type to make medieval Catalonian writings to be had to English-speaking audiences, Authoring the Past may be of curiosity to students of heritage and comparative literature, scholars of Hispanic and Romance medieval stories, and medievalists who examine the chronicle culture in different languages.

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