This paper examines the intentions and methods of the twelfth-century interpolator in Lebor na hUidre. It is argued that he was a scholarly historian and that his emendations and glosses betray the working methods associated with medieval Western historiography. In particular, he is clearly concerned to establish the 'facts' (frequently based on textual comparison); he presents contrary and/or alternative 'facts' about the past; and he attempts to reconcile contradictory accounts of the past. His interventions can produce awkward narratives but we can see that his primary concern was history rather than story.
|Title of host publication||Ulidia 2: Proceedings of the Second International Conference on the Ulster Cycle of Tales|
|Editors||Ruairí Ó hUiginn, Brian Ó Catháin|
|Publication status||Published - Jun 2009|
- medieval historiography
- Lebor na hUidre
- Táin Bó Cúailnge
- Togail Bruidne Da Derga
Toner, G. (2009). Scribe and text in Lebor na hUidre: H’s intentions and methodology. In R. Ó hUiginn, & B. Ó Catháin (Eds.), Ulidia 2: Proceedings of the Second International Conference on the Ulster Cycle of Tales (pp. 106-120). An Sagart.