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Narratives of Death and Emotional Affect in Late Medieval Chronicles


Marchant, A, Narratives of Death and Emotional Affect in Late Medieval Chronicles, Parergon, 31, (2) pp. 81-98. ISSN 0313-6221 (2014) [Refereed Article]


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Copyright 2014 Alicia Marchant

DOI: doi:10.1353/pgn.2014.0127


Despite their ostensibly unemotive tone, medieval chronicle narratives communicate an intricate range of emotions, particularly fear and hope, associated with death and the posthumous fate of human beings, both as individuals and in relation to the broader narrative of Christian salvation. The numerous records of deaths of individuals narrated in chronicles are intrinsically emotive events, and privileged loci both for the depiction of emotion and for the manipulation of readers’ emotional responses to the narrative. The supposedly relentless sequential ordering of chronicles is often varied on these occasions for emotive effect. Following Roland Barthes’s suggestive essay ‘Tacitus and the Funerary Baroque’, and taking the example of the execution of the Archbishop of York, Richard Scrope, in 1405, I argue that the reiteration of death is itself central to the chronicle texts’ significance.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:History, Heritage and Archaeology
Research Group:Historical studies
Research Field:British history
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in history, heritage and archaeology
UTAS Author:Marchant, A (Dr Alicia Marchant)
ID Code:96538
Year Published:2014
Web of Science® Times Cited:3
Deposited By:School of Humanities
Deposited On:2014-11-10
Last Modified:2018-03-13
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