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<p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0cm 25.9pt 0pt 0cm; text-align: center;" align="center"><b><span style="font-size: 20pt; font-family: Georgia;">Matthew Kempshall</span></b></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0cm 25.9pt 0pt 0cm; text-align: center;" align="center"><b><span style="font-size: 22pt; font-family: Georgia;">Rhetoric and the Writing of History </span></b><span style="font-size: 8pt; font-family: Tahoma;"><span> </span></span><b><span style="font-size: 22pt; font-family: Georgia;">c.400-c.1500</span></b></p>

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<p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0cm 25.9pt 0pt 0cm; text-align: right;" align="right"><span style="font-family: Georgia;">at 17:30 p.m. on Wednesday, November 3, 2010</span></p><span style="font-family: Georgia;">
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<p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0cm 25.9pt 0pt 0cm; text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: Georgia;">'Rhetoric and the Writing of History' provides an analytical overview of <br>the vast range of historiography which was produced in western Europe over a thousand-year period between c.400 and c.1500. Concentrating on the general principles of classical rhetoric which informed so much of the language of this writing, alongside the more familiar traditions of ancient history, biblical exegesis and patristic theology, this lecture is intended as an introduction to the conceptual sophistication and semantic rigor with which medieval authors could approach their narratives of past and present events, and to the diversity of ends to which this history could then be put. By tracing, and questioning, some of the key methodological changes that are traditionally taken to characterize the function and purpose of the western historiographical tradition in such a formative period of its development, the lecture serves both as an analytical introduction to the theory and practice of writing history in the Middle Ages and a reminder of the much longer temporal perspective from which more modern debates over the relationship between history and literary theory might be assessed.<br>
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<p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><b><span style="font-family: Georgia;">Matthew Kempshall</span></b><span style="font-family: Georgia;"> is Fellow and Tutor in History at Wadham College, <br>University of Oxford; he is the author of <i><span> </span>The Common Good in Late </i></span></p>

<p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><i><span style="font-family: Georgia;">Medieval Political Thought</span></i><span style="font-size: 8pt; font-family: Tahoma;">, </span><span style="font-family: Georgia;">Oxford</span><span style="font-family: Georgia;"> 1999.</span></p>

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</div><br><br clear="all"><br>-- <br><br>György Geréby CSc (PhD) <br>associate professor<br>Mediaeval Studies Department<br>Central European University <br><br>Budapest V<br>Nador u 9<br>H-1051 Hungary<br><br>Phone/fax: + 36.1.3412634<br>
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