I’m currently trying to develop a database and platform with which I can map out the content– the actual narratives– of the Anglo-Saxon Chronicles. For my Duke class, I will start by mapping invasion sites in the Peterborough Chronicle, one version of the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle(s).
Google Map and Google Earth allow people to add data to a location (see Wallace’s map). The problem with these platforms is that there’s no way for the data to interact. When I make a map of all the invasion sites mentioned in the Peterborough Chronicle, the information that pops up for each place will be isolated. There isn’t anything else for me to do with it, like search for “Danes” or “heathens” or “William.”
I’m hoping to develop a way to get the text of each entry to interact– an undertaking which has proven quite difficult to begin. Once I have time to grow the project and incorporate all sites mentioned in the Peterborough Chronicle, having the right platform and database will allow users to search for things like invasions, fires, deaths or births of kings, miracles, and church construction. It might also be able to limit searches based on areas or time frames.
From there, if I could get a team of scholars (and a grant) to incorporate each version of the Anglo-Saxon Chronicles, we could see some differences among them more easiy, than say, Thorpe’s translation:
Thorough though it is, I find this very hard to follow. Scholars of the chronicles need new ways to rethink these texts, on their own terms and in communion with each other.
Big picture, my project aims to locate the stories of these histories in a virtual space that will help readers reimagine the past.
help us reimagine time as space
I’m excited to attend “Cartography and Creativity in the Age of Global Empires,” hosted by Duke’s BorderWork(s) Humanities Lab. Here’s the description: