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Kaiserchronik Project

Mark Chinca and Christopher Young have been awarded funding of c. £950K by the AHRC to produce, with Jürgen Wolf and Jürg Fleischer (both of Marburg), the first ever full edition of the twelfth-century Kaiserchronik. Over five years, they will edit not just the original, twelfth-century version, but also the two major reworkings of it that were made around 1200 and 1250 – testimony to the work’s continuing relevance for a medieval readership. The three versions will be printed side by side, and in order to make the German text accessible to scholars worldwide, it will be accompanied by an English translation, plus full introduction and commentary. As well as the scholarly edition in three volumes, totalling around 1800 pages, the project will produce an inexpensive single-volume edition for student use. Both will appear with the Akademie Verlag in Berlin. The project will also digitize all the manuscripts and place them on open access via the Digital Library of Medieval Manuscripts, Sheridan Libraries, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore. This site, which (in collaboration with the Bibliothèque Nationale de France) already hosts the digital manuscripts of the most famous medieval love allegory, the Roman de la Rose, will guarantee sustained international exposure for theKaiserchronik and the project.

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