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Authoring the Past: History, Autobiography, and Politics in Medieval Catalonia

Jaume Aurell


This book surveys medieval Catalan historiography, the emergence and evolution of historical writing and autobiography in the Middle Ages, on questions of authority and authorship, and on the links between history and politics during the period. The author examines texts from the late twelfth to the late fourteenth century—including the Latin Gesta comitum Barcinonensium and four 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 different motivations for the writing of e ... More

Keywords: Catalan historiography, medieval Catalan, James I, Bernat Desclot, Ramon Muntaner, Peter the Ceremonious, Catalonian counts, Aragonese kings, medieval chronicles, expansionist policies

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780226032320
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226032344.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jaume Aurell, author