Strand Definitions: Historiography

The strand includes the study of all kinds of medieval narrative texts dealing with what their authors understand as factual events in the past, such as chronicles of various kinds, sagas and lives. The genre of hagiography forms an exception, as there is a separate strand on this. The main focus will be on the historiographical texts as texts, i.e. on the question of genre, interpretation, world view, ideology or understanding of history and human nature, not on their use as sources for factual historical information, which are dealt with in various other strands. There will, however, be some overlapping here, as well as with literary and linguistic studies or studies of various cultures or areas (Byzantine, Jewish or Scandinavian studies).