The Reception of Geoffrey of Monmouth in Medieval and Early Modern Britain, ICMS Kalamazoo 2016

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Victoria Shirley, Cardiff University
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Geoffrey of Monmouth's 'Historia regum Britanniae' was one of the most popular versions of insular 'British' history in the medieval and early modern Britain. Over 200 extant manuscripts of the 'Historia' survive today (Crick, 1989), and there were also a number of re-writings of Geoffrey's text in a variety of languages, including Latin, Anglo-Norman, Middle Welsh, Middle English, and Old Scots.

Recent and current scholarship on insular historiography derived from Geoffrey's 'Historia' continues to focus on the twelfth century, when Wace's and Layamon's translations were completed, and when the First Variation of the 'Historia' entered circulation (Leckie, 1981; Warren, 2000; Finke and Shichtman, 2004; Tiller, 2009). With the exception of the Prose 'Brut', the chronicle tradition(s) associated with the 'Historia' that were produced in the later medieval and early modern period have been relatively understudied.

This panel will bring together scholars working on the wider reception history of the 'Historia regum Britaniae' in medieval and early modern Britain, with the hope of including papers on texts from across England, Scotland, and Wales. Papers on the ideological and political use of the 'Historia', as well as the manuscript context of the chronicles within the Galfridian tradition, will be highly encouraged. Some other suggested topics might include: commentaries and antiquarian scholarship; book history and early printed editions; Geoffrey's influence on insular historiography; quotation and citation to the 'Historia'; the reputation of Geoffrey of Monmouth; vernacular translations and rewritings of the 'Historia'. The selected papers will demonstrate the various uses of Geoffrey's 'Historia regum Britanniae' throughout history, and will encourage a dialogue between historians, literary scholars, and book historians concerning the afterlife of 'one of the most influential books ever written' (Tatlock, 1950)

Please send abstracts of no more than 250 words to ShirleyVE@Cardiff.ac.uk before 15th September 2015.