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Scribe and text in Lebor na hUidre: H’s intentions and methodology

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Toner, Gregory (2009) Scribe and text in Lebor na hUidre: H’s intentions and methodology. In: Ulidia 2: Proceedings of the Second International Conference on the Ulster Cycle of Tales. (Eds: Ó hUiginn, Ruairí and Ó Catháin, Brian), An Sagart, pp. 106-120. ISBN 1903896460 [Book section]

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Abstract

This paper examines the intentions and methods of the twelfth-century interpolator in Lebor na hUidre. It is argued that he was a scholarly historian and that his emendations and glosses betray the working methods associated with medieval Western historiography. In particular, he is clearly concerned to establish the 'facts' (frequently based on textual comparison); he presents contrary and/or alternative 'facts' about the past; and he attempts to reconcile contradictory accounts of the past. His interventions can produce awkward narratives but we can see that his primary concern was history rather than story.

Item Type:Book section
Keywords:medieval historiography, Lebor na hUidre, interpolator, scribe, Táin Bó Cúailnge, Togail Bruidne Da Derga, Ireland.
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Arts
Faculty of Arts > School of Irish Language and Literature
Research Institutes and Groups:Irish and Celtic Studies Research Institute
ID Code:5624
Deposited By:Professor Gregory Toner
Deposited On:22 Dec 2009 09:10
Last Modified:15 Aug 2012 11:48

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