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Les peuples étrangers dans les chroniques bretonnes à la fin du Moyen Âge.

Laurence Moal 1, *
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1 CRBC Brest - Centre de recherche bretonne et celtique
UBO - Université de Brest, IBSHS - Institut Brestois des Sciences de l'Homme et de la Société
Abstract : At the end of the Middle Ages, Breton chroniclers describe a world in which a number of peoples are moving around. The awareness of this diversity comes from studying their denominations, which are not impartial. The use of an entire lexicon, inherited from Antiquity and adapted to meet the realities of the time, clearly signals the nation's self-awareness and clearly identifies others, those that are considered non-Breton. The names they give to alien peoples are more than anything vectors of identity and the lists of these populations generally go hand in hand with the sudy of the origin of their names. Eponymy (name derivation) is therefore at the heart of fouding legends. Names are also instruments which give status to or weaken a community. They contribute fully to the awareness of the formation of a community. It is also a way for the authors to demonstrate their wisdom.
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Laurence Moal. Les peuples étrangers dans les chroniques bretonnes à la fin du Moyen Âge.. Revue historique, Presses Universitaires de France, 2009, 651 (2009/3), pp.499-528. ⟨hal-00486421⟩



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