Writing About Richard III: Admissible Sources and Emotional ResponsesBy Carole CusackLecture given at the Richard III Society of New South Wales (2010)Abstract: This lecture considers the two earliest sources for the reign of Richard III, Dominic Mancini’s De Occupatione Regni Anglie per Riccardum Tertium (The Usurpation of the Realm of England by Richard III), which was written in December 1483, and the Second Continuation of the Croyland Chronicle, which was written in April 1486.
How Many Tower-houses were there in the Scottish Borders?Maxwell-Irving, AlastairTHE CASTLE STUDIES GROUP JOURNAL, NO 25: 2011-12 AbstractThe question of how many tower-houses there were in the Scottish Borders crops up from time to time, but nobody has yet been able to give a definitive answer. This paper deals with a number of aspects of the subject, and attempts to show why there can be no simple answer.
Our Words, and Theirs: A Reflection on the Historian’s Craft TodayLecture by Carlo GinzburgGiven at the Institute of Advanced Study, on October 3, 2011What is the relationship between the idiom of the observer (historian, anthropologist) and the idiom of the actors, dead or alive? This question, which has been addressed from widely different (and usually unrelated) points of view, provides an oblique approach to the cognitive, moral, and political implications of the historian’s craft today.
Writing History in a Paperless World: Archives of the FutureBy Ravinder KaurHistory Workshop Journal, Issue 79 (2015)Introduction: The centrality and certainty of paper has for long been a given in our imagination of archives. The carefully preserved documents – books, files, notebooks, private letters, identity cards, memos, index cards, charters, declarations, petitions – all neatly numbered and catalogued – are intricately tied to the idea of archives.
By Ken MondscheinThis is Donald Trump’s Louis XVI moment. Though the French Revolution is most definitely postmedieval—and unrivalled for the apathy many of my undergraduates have shown towards it—never has the fall of the French feudal regime been more relevant to current events.This is a moment when those who did not study the mistakes of history are repeating them.
Chaucer the Love Poet: A Study in Historical CriticismBy John B. TreilhardPhD Dissertation, McMaster University, 1978Abstract: This thesis is an historically based inquiry into the aesthetic function and moral significance of the themes of marriage, fornication, and adultery in Chaucer’s poetry about sexual love.