The Authorial Logic of the Historical Text

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 Authorial Logic of the Historical Text

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This chapter analyzes the varied methodological possibilities and interpretations of authorship that the new interdisciplinary theoretical practices and tendencies offer, specifically evaluating the process of inscribing medieval historiography and the literary implications of emphasizing the historical-autobiographical author. King James I's autobiography was creative and original, and the personality that diversified from the powerful personal narrative improved his authorship. Bernat Desclot deployed polyphony to heighten authorial legitimacy, unveiling his narrative choices more perceptibly. King Peter's Llibre was the Royal Chancellery's collective work rather than the king's individual work. In general, King James' personal authority, Desclot's polyphonic authorial voices, and King Peter's collaborative authorship were three sources of authority that give the “effect of the real.” These authors developed diverse procedures for the establishment of authorial authority.

Keywords: medieval historiography; King James I; Bernat Desclot; King Peter; personal authority; polyphonic authorial voices; collaborative authorship; authorial authority

Chapter.  7351 words. 

Subjects: Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500)

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