Mixed metaphors and the writing of history

Discusses narrativity as approached in the 19th century by Amédée Thierry in 'Histoire des Gaulois' (1828) and in the 20th century by Hayden White in 'Metahistory' (1973), focusing on the issue of producing coherence from diversity. Thierry's use of metaphor is linked to White's theories on the distance between discourse and events and the differences between cognitive and decorative functions of metaphor. The methods proposed by both can be seen as rough guides to historical analysis, subject to refinement or supplementation.