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The values of French language and literature in the European Middle Ages

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Project "TVOF" data sheet

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Organization address
address: STRAND
city: LONDON
postcode: WC2R 2LS

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 Coordinator Country United Kingdom [UK]
 Project website
 Total cost 2˙274˙225 €
 EC max contribution 2˙274˙225 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.1. (EXCELLENT SCIENCE - European Research Council (ERC))
 Code Call ERC-2014-ADG
 Funding Scheme ERC-ADG
 Starting year 2015
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2015-09-01   to  2020-08-31


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# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    KING'S COLLEGE LONDON UK (LONDON) coordinator 2˙274˙225.00


 Project objective

Two questions about linguistic identity lie at the heart of this project. What is the relation historically between language and identity in Europe? How are cognate languages demarcated from each other? Normative models of national languages helped shape Europe. Yet they did not become hegemonic until the 19th century. Indeed, they were imposed (not always successfully) on a linguistic map of Europe more fluid and complex than most histories of national languages allow. In the Middle Ages multilingualism was common, as was the use of non-local languages, notably Latin, but also French. This project undertakes a revaluation of the nature and value of the use of French in Europe during a crucial period, 1100-1450, less in terms of its cultural prestige (the traditional focus of scholarship) than of its role as a supralocal, transnational language, particularly in Western Europe and the Eastern Mediterranean. The project fosters collaboration between, and cuts across, different intellectual and national scholarly traditions, drawing on expertise in codicology, critical theory, linguistics, literature, and philology; it involves scholars from a range of European countries and North America, entailing empirical research around a complex and widely disseminated textual tradition vital to medieval understandings of European history and identity, L’Histoire ancienne jusqu’à César. This case study will ground and stimulate broader speculative reflection on the two core questions concerning linguistic identity. While the project builds on prior critiques of the construction of, and investment in, national languages and literary traditions, it has a broad historical scope, and will offer an innovative, genuinely international perspective, in terms of both its object of study and method. Indeed, its final aim, through and beyond its consideration of French as a lingua franca, is to interrogate that language’s role in the emergence of a European identity in the Middle Ages.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2019 Maria Teresa Rachetta
Sull’Histoire ancienne jusqu’à César: le origini della versione abbreviata; il codice Wien ÖNB cod. 2576. Per la storia di una tradizione
published pages: 25-57, ISSN: 2420-9767, DOI:
Francigena 5 2020-04-15
2018 Maria Teresa Rachetta
Sulla sezione storica del Tresor: Brunetto Latini e l’Histoire ancienne jusqu’à César
published pages: 308-46, ISSN: 1724-1707, DOI:
Medioevo Romanzo 42 2020-04-15
2016 Simon Gaunt
Philology and the global Middle Ages: British Library Royal MS 20 D 1
published pages: 1-21, ISSN: 0390-0711, DOI:
Medioevo Romanzo 40.1 2019-07-25
2017 Simone Ventura
The Manuscripts of the First Redaction of the Histoire ancienne jusqu’à César (13th c.): Textual Variation and Linguistic Coding
published pages: 316-63, ISSN: 0390-0711, DOI:
Medioevo Romanzo 41 2019-07-25
2017 Simone Ventura
Sulla ‘storia’ di Griselda e Gualtieri in catalano e in francese alla fine del Trecento’
published pages: 203-25, ISSN: 1542-3352, DOI:
Heliotropia: a Journal of the American Boccaccio Association, 14 2019-07-25
2017 Maria Teresa Rachetta
From Saint-Denis to Béthune: The Chronique française des rois de France by the Anonymous of Béthune and its textual background
published pages: 299-322, ISSN: 0025-8385, DOI:
Medium Aevum 86 2019-07-25

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