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'...not as history, but...': The Cistercian Abbot Aelred of Rievaulx (1110-1167), A Writer of History in Many Genres

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posted on 2023-08-21, 04:05 authored by Elizabeth FreemanElizabeth Freeman

What is a historical text, and what are the differences between such a text and other written genres? This question has occupied modern scholars of medieval Europe, medieval European authors themselves, and many others. Prompted by recent scholarship into the benefits, or otherwise, of trying to isolate distinct genres within what one scholar has referred to as "the whole mass of medieval historiography", this article examines the so-called "historical" texts composed by the medieval English abbot Aelred of Rievaulx (1110-1167). None of these seven texts fits into the classic genre of the history, and yet the article argues that all are indeed historiographical texts. Aelred wrote all these works while he was abbot of Rievaulx Abbey in Yorkshire, and the article suggests that Aelred's experiences and responsibilities as abbot gave him both the skills to combine many literary genres - vita, genealogy, lament, relatio, translatio, exemplum, sermon, letter - when writing about the past as well as the desire to combine such genres so as to provide his readers with models of hope, and occasionally stern advice, from the past to use in the future.

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  • Article

Publication title

Medievalista

Volume

34

Issue

Julho - Dezembro 2023

Pagination

345-370:26

ISSN

1646-740X

Department/School

History and Classics

Publisher

Instituto de Estudos Medievais

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  • Published online

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Copyright 2023 Medievalista

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