Well, this was a bit of a surprise. The forms were all signed, the changes were all done, but when the new Journal of Medieval Latin showed up at my door today, it was unexpected. Pleasantly so, because I am in it! Now available to the public is my new article, ‘A Post-Carolingian Voice of Dissent: The Historia Francorum Senonensis’, The Journal of Medieval Latin 28 (2018), pp. 15-47. This is not just a new article, which would be exciting enough; it’s also my first foray into publication as a translator, because attached as an appendix to the article is a translation of the Historia, all peer-reviewed and everything!
It is, certainly, a long one. I got invited to do a close-reading of this text at a seminar in Sheffield, and it proved to have a lot in it. I also ended up reading an article on Abbo of Saint-Germain-des-Prés’ sermons at the same time and therefore ended up thinking about ideas about what the realm was in the work. It turns out that if you follow the logic of this text to its ultimate conclusion, you end up in some strange places. The Historia’s author was concerned about family and about violence, but not so much about the kingdom as a separate entity from its kings. And, ultimately, he just didn’t think much of lay power at all.
The bad news is that if you want to read it, you’ll have to find a physical copy of the journal, because it’s not Open Access and I don’t have a PDF or even any offprints, which is a shame. It’s probably a good sign that this is the least accessible thing I’ve ever published, but it’s sad that what may be the most generally useful bit of my writing in print is going to be relatively tricky to get hold of… Still, if any of this tickles your fancy at all, you should check it out!
It’s not freely available online, but I do have a PDF if you can’t get hold of the journal – you can find my contact details under the ‘About’ page on the right-hand side of the blog.
The gritty details: Not particularly gritty, in this case. It started life as a ‘masterclass’ for MARS at Sheffield in 2016 which went OK, despite the fact that I still don’t know what a masterclass is, and despite the fact that the audience I had prepared for was radically different to the audience I got (as in, I had been told to prepare for an audience of about half-a-dozen expert early medievalists and got one of about thirty people including an engineering undergraduate. Still wasn’t very clever of me to forget to number the handout…). I wrote it up over winter 2016 and submitted it first thing 2017. Two rounds of reviewing later (one of which was very… idiosyncratic, and by that I mean that they re-reviewed the first draft) and it was in the queue by start of 2018, coming out now! The first draft was a bit of a Siamese twin, and on the advice of the reviewers I cut a very large chunk of the actual history of the archbishopric of Sens out, which will probably get written up in the next few months for publication elsewhere. My old doctoral supervisor wrote an article in the ‘80s on ‘The Carolingian Kings and the See of Rheims, 882-987’ where she lamented the absence of the equivalent for Sens, so there’s long-standing demand here. I must also say that the editor for JML is very good and scarily diligent…