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History In The Making: Text, Context And The Dynamics Of Medieval Chronicles

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This chapter deals with historical materials which presented the chroniclers with their greatest challenges, but also their greatest opportunities in re-writing the past in the present. The nature of the audience can also be gauged on occasion by the chroniclers' lapse into anachronism. This is most easily seen in the Toledano Romanzado's use of contemporary toponyms (Cataluña, Castilla) which presumably serve the function of clarifying the obscure issues for a readership who would no longer be familiar with references to Gallia Gothica. When towards the end of the period certain of these become privileged the genre has to be re-invented, not because of the absence of key elements, but rather because of the loss of equilibrium between all of them. If Wamba ceased to be believeable, he ceased to be historical, and therein may lie the true core of what it meant to speak of the medieval chronicle.

Keywords: anachronism; contemporary toponyms; Gallia Gothica; medieval chronicles; Toledano Romanzado's



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