Authorising History: Gestures of Authorship in Fourteenth-Century English Historiography

Nyffenegger, Nicole (2013). Authorising History: Gestures of Authorship in Fourteenth-Century English Historiography. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars

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This book discusses the strategies and rhetorical means by which four authors of Middle English verse historiography seek to authorise their works and themselves. Paying careful attention to the texts, it traces the ways in which authors inscribe their fictional selves and seek to give authority to their constructions of history. It further investigates how the authors position themselves in relation to their task of writing history, their sources and their audiences. This study provides new insights into the processes of the appropriation of history around 1300 by social groups whose lack of the relevant languages, before this 'anglicising' of the dominant Latin and French history constructions, prevented their access to the history of the British isles.

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Book (Monograph)


06 Faculty of Humanities > Department of Linguistics and Literary Studies > Institute of English Languages and Literatures

UniBE Contributor:

Nyffenegger, Nicole Andrea


800 Literature, rhetoric & criticism > 820 English & Old English literatures
400 Language > 420 English & Old English languages




Cambridge Scholars




Nicole Andrea Nyffenegger-Staub

Date Deposited:

11 Apr 2014 11:49

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05 Mar 2018 11:01


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