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Diagrammatic chronicles
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1. General remarks; 2. Early examples; 3. Rise of diagrammatic chronicles; 4. Late medieval examples; 5. Co-transmission; 6. Impact

1. General remarks

A diagram is a two-dimensional, abstract representation of information that can take different forms. For displaying historical data in chronicles, the most important and frequent forms are stemmata and tables. It is characteristic of diagrammatic chronicles as a genre that the diagram itself is the leading structure as opposed to stemmata or diagrams illustrating and clarifying passages in a narrative text.

Any textual narrativ…

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Worm, Andrea, “Diagrammatic chronicles”, in: Encyclopedia of the Medieval Chronicle, Edited by: Graeme Dunphy, Cristian Bratu. Consulted online on 20 October 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2213-2139_emc_SIM_000823>
First published online: 2016

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