IMC 2003: Sessions

Session 519: The Stabilization of Order and the Authority of the Written Word, I

Tuesday 15 July 2003, 09.00-10.30

Sponsor:Sonderforschungsbereich 496: 'Symbolische Kommunikation und gesellschaftliche Wertesysteme', Universität Münster
Organiser:Christoph Dartmann, Sonderforschungsbereich 'Symbolische Kommunikation und gesellschaftliche Wertesysteme', Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität, Münster
Moderator/Chair:Marco Mostert, Onderzoekinstituut voor Geschiedenis en Kunstgeschiedenis, Universiteit Utrecht
Paper 519-aCarta, Privilege and Written Record: How the Council in Towns should be Elected
(Language: English)
Antje Staeckling, Graduiertenkolleg 'Gesellschaftliche Symbolik im Mittelalter', Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster
Paper 519-bTo Serve and Protect?: The Oath of the Prévot de Paris on the Royal Privileges for the University of Paris
(Language: English)
Christoph Friedrich Weber, Sonderforschungsbereich 'Symbolische Kommunikation und gesellschaftliche Wertesysteme', Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität, Münster
Index terms: Administration, Charters and Diplomatics, Literacy and Orality
Paper 519-cSetting a Seal on Privileges: Entrances of the Bishop of Utrecht in Towns in the Eastern Netherlands during the 14th and 15th Centuries
(Language: English)
Jeroen F. Benders, Independent Scholar, Groningen
Index terms: Charters and Diplomatics, Literacy and Orality, Politics and Diplomacy
Abstract

Transition between oral and written communication were characteristic of medieval societies. Therefore, written documents could only claim authority if they were embedded in acts of symbolic communication. The section focuses on the link between formalized interaction and literacy by examining significant examples. They range from the partial literacy of the early and high middle ages up to the cities of Flanders and Italy with their highly developed writing culture.