The Shift in Historical Genres

in Authoring the Past

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print April 2012 | ISBN: 9780226032320
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226032344 | DOI:
The Shift in Historical Genres

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This chapter, which explores the contrast between the schematic and chronological annals and the genealogical Gesta Comitum Barcinonensium, investigates how Gesta Comitum functions as the creative model that inspired the histories of Catalonia from the thirteenth to the twentieth century. The Gesta Comitum's genealogical rather than chronological structure has fascinated historians and symbolic anthropologists, who analyze the articulations of human experience by using spatial metaphors rather than the coordinates of time. Its later versions were contemporaneous with a new genre in medieval Catalonia: narrative chronicles. The text also considers the materials that consolidated the establishment of the counties which sprang from the dissolution of central power beginning in the eleventh century. The stories told in the Gesta covered about three centuries.

Keywords: narrative chronicles; Gesta comitum Barcinonensium; Catalonia; schematic annals; chronological annals

Chapter.  6975 words. 

Subjects: Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500)

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