What is an Historier’s Miscellany

The Historier dates back at least to the mid-1400s. Around 1449, he is mentioned as “Sithen historiers dwelling in thilk same cuntre..kouthen knowe better the treuthe of the deede than othere men.” In 1490, Caxton in his Boke yf Eneydos wrote “Wrytynges and dyctes of olde and auncyente cronycles or historyers.” In the next century, Skelton described him as that “noble historiar” and in 1581, Marbeck recorded of him, “Which al writers, Poets, historiers, cosmographers..do confesse.”dsc00350

As the Historier is almost 600 years old, he doesn’t look at history as boxes, periods and eras. These false boundaries were created by his descendants, the Antiquarians. Archaeology and archives are one and the same. A landscape holds the same meanings and read in the same way as a museum object. He looks at the broad church of history and even ourselves.

The Historier is also found in Nordic writings. In Danish, Historier means “story”.