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FT-270182-20

Timothy Linwood Stinson
North Carolina State University (Raleigh, NC 27695-7003)
Jerusalem’s Fall and England’s Rise: Josephan History, the Prose Brut, and the Framing of a Medieval English Nation

Research and revision of an article of transcription of a medieval manuscript housed at the Cleveland Public Library.

The focus of this project is a detailed study of a medieval manuscript held in the Cleveland Public Library, MS W q091.92-C468, which is one of the most unusual medieval English manuscripts in North America, and also one that holds tremendous promise for researchers. The final goal of this project is an article that will identify and analyze the texts contained in this manuscript and argue that their careful combination was intended to frame and interpret English national history in the context of Josephan history, particularly the Roman destruction of Jerusalem in 70 AD. In preserving and carefully curating unique versions of popular texts, the compiler of this book constructed a national history that posits England’s rise as a direct counterpoint to Jerusalem’s fall and deploys the destruction of Jews and Judaism as a lens through which to comprehend England’s birth and ascent as a nation.

Project fields:
British Literature; Medieval Studies

Program:
Summer Stipends

Division:
Research Programs

Totals:
$6,000 (approved)
$6,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/8/2020 – 8/7/2020