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The rest are treated here, ordered partly chronologically, partly topographically.
The annals are connected with the annalistic tradition from Lund, but are believed to have been compiled by a clerk of the royal chancellery. The annals show no local affiliation to either Gotland or the convent. Vedel copied the annals from a manuscript known as “The old roll from Soer” (Soer = Sorø) and this is the strongest argument in favour of KROMAN’s hypothesis that the original was written in this monastery. These are empty, however, and several of the years prior to 1228 have no entries either.
They are mostly concerned with secular matters and lack any local affiliation. They are related to the Annales Essenbecenses and a common source for both must be assumed. It hardly clinches the matter, however, since nothing is known about the date and origin of “the old roll”. The manuscript thus shows us the very earliest phase of annalistic writing: the setting up of a set of annals to be expanded and continued. Most of the entries were used by the Annales Nestvedienses minores.
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by Anders Leegaard Knudsen Annalistic historiography in medieval Denmark began at the arch-see of Lund in the late 1130s based on a set of Anglo-Norman annals closely related to the annals of Battle and the annals of Bury St. The compilers of both the Annales Colbazenses and the Annales Lundenses used this set of annals which must have been present at the arch-see until at least the second half of the thirteenth century. ARUP (1921–1923) that the Danish annals are compilations of written information, rather than yearly recordings of events.
However well-argued her reasoning, the exact nature of these intermediaries – whether clean copies, working copies or mere collections of material – remains conjectural and no attempt is made to deal with them in this article.