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Title: Sense of place and the writing of early British history in medieval and early modern England
Author: Le Helloco, Daisy
ISNI:       0000 0004 7967 7064
Awarding Body: Bangor University
Current Institution: Bangor University
Date of Award: 2018
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Sense of place, the human connection to and understanding of place, has been theorized and understood as integral to the perception of and recording of the past. This dissertation addresses the use of sense of place in English and Anglo-Latin historical texts from the twelfth to the seventeenth century, specifically where they deal with the history of the island before the Anglo-Saxon settlements of the fifth century. The history of the island of Britain before the arrival of the Anglo-Saxons has been a matter of great historical investigation and literary interest in England since the early twelfth century, when Geoffrey of Monmouth imaginatively repurposed the scant native sources into his chronicle Historia Regum Britanniae. This study looks at a selection of texts that follow the model of British history established by Geoffrey and the way in which place and the past interact in these works. It aims to answer questions about the relationship between space and time in the writing of the past, the different generic conventions associated with works organised on a spatial or temporal basis, and how the use of place in these texts is affected by the historical and literary context in which the authors are writing. I argue that the use of place in these texts is integral to an understanding of the author's purpose, and the theorisation of place and its interaction with historical narrative is a fruitful approach to historiography.
Supervisor: Radulescu, Raluca Sponsor: Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: English literature ; histography ; Arthurian literature