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Rolls in service of the king: history, materiality and political culture in genealogical chronicle rolls from fourteenth and fifteenth-century Europe
This project will examine a range of historiographical manuscript rolls from the late medieval period in Europe, mainly England, France and the Empire. These rolls trace the lineage of a ruling dynasty with a mix of chronicle narratives and family history. The rolls are created from parchment and are often several metres long. By combining diagrams, drawings and text, the rolls provide an abridged dynastic and national history. During a period when genealogy had practical and ideological significance in society, they were objects imbued with political importance. They offer insights into the depiction of national identity, political legitimacy and historical perceptions in fourteenth and fifteenth-century Europe. The project will examine the relationships between the rolls, their materiality and the political context in which they were produced.
14th and 15th century Western Europe
Late Medieval historiography
Genealogical and dynastic history
Present: akademische Mitarbeiterin at SFB 933 (Collaborative Research Centre 933), Project B10.
2013-2015: Master of Arts in History with Distinction, University of Canterbury, New Zealand.
2012: Bachelor of Arts with First Class Honours (History), University of Canterbury, New Zealand.
2009-2011: Bachelor of Arts (History and Classics), University of Canterbury, New Zealand, and University of Adelaide, Australia.
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Jones, C., Shirota, M., Johnson, M., Shaw-Brown, D. and Welch, E. (2013) Canterbury Roll. www.canterbury.ac.nz/canterburyroll