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.
Department of History & Welsh History, Aberystwyth University, Hugh Owen Building, Penglais Campus, Aberystwyth, Dyfed SY23 3DY, UK
Source Citation:Weiler, BjoRn. "Matthew Paris on the writing of history." Journal of Medieval History 35.3 (Sept 2009): 254(25). Academic OneFile. Gale. Alachua County Library District. 15 Sept. 2009
(Album / Profile) http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=10035&id=1661531726&l=f3f19215d0