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The Functions Of The Late Medieval Brabantine Legend Of Brabon

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In this chapter the author looks at two main questions such as what function did the legend of Silvius Brabon have for the chroniclers and for their public and to what extent did the legend help to create a Brabantine identity. The author argues that the legend of Brabon owed its attractions to the fact that it linked three central historical themes: the origins of the dynasty, the dynastic succession and the territorial continuity. In general, late medieval chroniclers approached history in two ways. There was the dynastic approach, or devolutio dominorum, which concentrated on the sovereign's dynasty. Another approach is known as surrogatio in dominio. One consequence of the use of surrogatio in dominio was that the chronicle began to focus more on the history of the principality and its territory as a whole: the office and the territory were linked.

Keywords: Brabantine territory; late medieval chroniclers; Silvius Brabon



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