Matthew Paris on writing history

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Matthew Paris was one of the most prolific and influential historians of the central middle ages. Matthew's significance rests both on the range of his interests and the scope of his writing. Yet, even basic questions about his outlook on writing, his concept of history, or the relationship with his audience, have hardly been asked. These issues are central themes of this article, and will be used to consider wider questions about Matthew's concept of truth, his handling of information, and his view of the world around him. The article, furthermore, extends coverage beyond the Chronica majora or Matthew's vernacular writings to consider his concept of history as it emerges from the totality of his oeuvre.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)254-278
Number of pages25
JournalJournal of Medieval History
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 01 Sept 2009


  • Medieval historical writing
  • Matthew Paris
  • Chronica majora
  • St Albans
  • Thirteenth-century England
  • Thirteenth-century Europe


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