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Transmission and Adaptation of the Trojan Narrative in Frankish History between the Sixth and Tenth Centuries

Yavuz, Nurgül Kıvılcım (2015) Transmission and Adaptation of the Trojan Narrative in Frankish History between the Sixth and Tenth Centuries. PhD thesis, University of Leeds.

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Abstract

This study involves a close examination of the story of the Trojan origin of the Franks in the following works: the Chronicle of Fredegar, the Liber historiae Francorum, the Aethici philosophi Scythae cosmographia attributed to Saint Jerome, the Historia vel gesta Francorum, the Historia de origine Francorum attributed to Dares of Phrygia, the Chronicon universale usque ad annum 741, Paul the Deacon’s Liber de episcopis Mettensibus, Frechulf of Lisieux’s Historiarum libri XII, and Aimoin of Fleury’s Historia Francorum libri IV. It traces the continuity and differences, the similarities and influences among these works that utilise the Trojan narrative in order to construct a genealogy for the Franks. The study indicates a high point in the engagement with the story between the 720s and the 770s, a period of great transformation for the Frankish world. Furthermore, not only does the analysis of the different versions of the story in these works reveal that they are heavily interconnected in terms of textuality but the manuscript evidence additionally suggests that much more complex relationships were at play as they circulated throughout the Frankish region in the ninth century. In approaching the Trojan narrative as a whole, this study not only contributes to a neglected topic in the field of medieval studies but also brings together the textual and manuscript evidence in order to reach a full understanding of its significance with regard to early Frankish history. Thus, in addition to analyses of the texts and textual comparisons among the works this study also integrates research gathered from manuscripts that include one or more of these works. In doing so, it presents interrelationships among the works that are not obvious to the modern reader and contextualises them in the broader framework of the Trojan narrative.

Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
Keywords: Troy, Trojan War, Trojan Narrative, Trojans, Barbarians, Romans, Franks, Merovingians, Carolingians, Capetians, Frankish History, Ethnogenesis, Origin Myths, Origo gentis, Migration, Literature and History, Historiography, Textual Transmission, Manuscript Dissemination, Literary Analysis, Textual Criticism, Rewriting, Transtextuality, Manuscript Studies, Palaeography, Codicology, Late Antiquity, Early Middle Ages, Homer, Virgil, Dares of Phrygia, Dictys of Crete, Saint Jerome, Gregory of Tours, Fredegar, Paul the Deacon, Frechulf of Lisieux, Aimoin of Fleury, Ilias Latina, Aeneid, Ephemeridos belli Troiani, De excidio Troiae historia, Excidium Troie, Chronicle of Fredegar, Historia vel gesta Francorum, Liber historiae Francorum, Aethici philosophi Scythae cosmographia, Historia de origine Francorum, Chronicon universale usque ad annum 741, Liber de episcopis Mettensibus, Historiarum libri XII, Historia Francorum libri IV, Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana, Bibliothèque nationale de France, British Library, Universiteitsbibliotheek Leiden
Academic Units: The University of Leeds > Faculty of Arts (Leeds) > School of History (Leeds)
The University of Leeds > Faculty of Arts (Leeds) > Institute for Medieval Studies (Leeds)
The University of Leeds > University of Leeds Research Centres and Institutes > Institute for Medieval Studies (Leeds)
Identification Number/EthosID: uk.bl.ethos.684522
Depositing User: Dr N Kıvılcım Yavuz
Date Deposited: 09 May 2016 11:42
Last Modified: 06 Oct 2016 14:42
URI: http://etheses.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/12687

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