Encyclopedia of the Medieval Chronicle

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Edited by:  Edited by Graeme Dunphy and Cristian Bratu

The Encyclopedia of the Medieval Chronicle brings together the latest research in chronicle studies from a variety of disciplines and scholarly traditions. Chronicles are the history books written and read in educated circles throughout Europe and the Middle East in the Middle Ages. For the modern reader, they are important as sources for the history they tell, but equally they open windows on the preoccupations and self-perceptions of those who tell it. Interest in chronicles has grown steadily in recent decades, and the foundation of a Medieval Chronicle Society in 1999 is indicative of this. Indeed, in many ways the Encyclopedia has been inspired by the emergence of this Society as a focus of the interdisciplinary chronicle community.

The online version was updated in 2014 and in 2016.

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Ryff, Fridolin

(510 words)

Author(s): Tomaszewski, Marco
ca 1488–1554. Switzerland. Weaver, and member of the small council in Basel. Owner of a manuscript with a chronicle covering the years 1514 to 1541.Ryff was not the author of the work with which he is traditionally associated, but only the possessor of the manuscript which was subsequently passed down in his family. References in the text indicate that it was started in 1529 and the writing continued until 1541. Besides some natural phenomena, it details conflicts within the Swiss Confederation concerning the yearly payments received from the French king ( Pensionen), and about the Pe…
Date: 2016-10-17

Ryhiner, Heinrich

(674 words)

Author(s): Tomaszewski, Marco
ca 1490–1553. Switzerland. Author of a description of the Peasants’ War, written in 1525 in German.Ryhiner was born in Brugg, enrolled at the University of Basel in 1508, and is documented as burgher of Basel from 1518. In 1515, he became procurator of the episcopal court, and in 1524 scribe of the council. From 1534 to 1553, he was town clerk. In 1542, he joined the Great Council and was frequently appointed as envoy of the town.As we know from its preface, Ryhiner's description of the Peasants’ War was intended as a gift to the council in return for Ryhiner's tenure a…
Date: 2016-10-17