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Context Of Composition: Wamba In Context(S)

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This chapter deals with Medieval accounts of the past of the peninsula that frequently contain reference to Wamba. Before attempting to analyse in any depth the versions of Wamba given by the eighteen texts, it is important to outline the internal and external contexts which contribute to their composition. The aim here, is to provide an overview of those contextual elements which can aid the understanding of the ways in which medieval histories are composed and re-written. The Grant Cronica de Espayna is one of the medieval Iberian chronicles which has the best contextual information. Furthermore, the relationships indicated here are between chronicles, in the main, although the present work deals only with one part of them, that is, the sections narrating the reign of Wamba. The stemma assumes the existence of texts producing textual relationships; something which is, theoretically unjustified.

Keywords: chronicles; Grant Cronica de Espayna; Iberian; Medieval; peninsula; stemma; Wamba



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