Mittwoch, 24. November 2021, 18:30 - 20:00 iCal

Geschichte am Mittwoch

Elisabetta Magnanti (Wien)

The Peterborough Chronicle and the Anglo-Saxon Perception of the Past: Rationale for an Integrated Digital Edition

Moderation: Tara Andrews


Hörsaal 30 (HS) im Hauptgebäude der Universität Wien
Universitätsring 1, 1010 Wien


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The Peterborough Chronicle is the latest surviving manuscript of the seven codices collectively representing the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle, the fundamental vernacular historiographical authority for early medieval England, which originated during the reign of King Alfred the Great (871–99). Preserved in Oxford, Bodleian Library, Laud Misc. 636, it is in many respects worthy of special study, being the witness that extends furthest chronologically into the post-Norman Conquest era, spanning the invasion of Britain by Julius Caesar to the accession of Henry II in AD 1154, and the only version continued after 1079.

The depth of historical and philological scholarship it provides, as well as the wide spectrum of data which conveys significant, unique information about the history of England make the codex the ideal firm footing upon which to test and enhance computational techniques for text editing, knowledge extraction and data modelling for archival primary sources. This makes it possible to investigate a full range of macro- and micro-level searches and conduct multi-layer analysis in ways that allow for new meanings to be generated. In the light of such increased methodological refinement, this talk will outline the rationale for the first-ever Integrated Digital Edition of the Peterborough Chronicle, setting out the scholarly and computational framework within which such a long-overdue edition and its embedded prosopography will be implemented.

Zur Vortragenden:

Elisabetta Magnanti is a University Assistant (Praedoc) for Digital Humanities at the Department of History at the University of Vienna. With background in Germanic philology and Old English studies, she is a doctoral candidate at the Doctoral School of Historical and Cultural Studies, her research spanning various aspects of Anglo-Saxon culture, including digital scholarly editing, history and textual criticism.


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