• An Adversary for the Ages: The Late Medieval Historiography of Viking Endeavour across the Low Countries. A Preliminary Survey

    Author(s):
    Christian Cooijmans (see profile)
    Date:
    2019
    Group(s):
    Early Medieval
    Subject(s):
    Viking age, Medieval historiography, Medieval history, Collective memory
    Item Type:
    Book chapter
    Tag(s):
    Medieval Low Countries, netherlands, Belgium
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/30e5-me40
    Abstract:
    Throughout the ninth and early tenth centuries, the maritime and riverine landscapes of northwestern Francia had been subject to recurrent acts of viking aggression. Resonating in the minds of many consecutive Netherlandish authors, these agents continued to feature in an extensive regional corpus of late medieval historiography. Whilst many chroniclers were notably faithful to their diverse source material in recounting these early medieval events, others deliberately embellished or otherwise fictionalised vikings as abstract and anachronistic antagonists. By highlighting its sociopolitical context, authorial intent, and assorted textual influences, this preliminary study explores the historiographical depiction of the viking phenomenon as an ongoing narrative theme across the late medieval Low Countries.
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    Published
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    8 months ago
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