IMC 2004: Sessions

Session 1316: Studying Charters: Traditions, Heresies, New Orthodoxies

Wednesday 14 July 2004, 16.30-18.00

Sponsor:Utrecht Centre for Medieval Studies, Universiteit Utrecht
Organiser:Marco Mostert, Onderzoekinstituut voor Geschiedenis en Kunstgeschiedenis, Universiteit Utrecht
Moderator/Chair:Marco Mostert, Onderzoekinstituut voor Geschiedenis en Kunstgeschiedenis, Universiteit Utrecht
Paper 1316-aInvestigating Royal Charters: Going beyond Heinrich Fichtenau?
(Language: English)
Anna Adamska, Onderzoekinstituut voor Geschiedenis en Kunstgeschiedenis, Universiteit Utrecht
Index terms: Charters and Diplomatics, Literacy and Orality, Medievalism and Antiquarianism
Paper 1316-b30 June 1047: The End of Charters as Legal Proof in France?
(Language: English)
Karl Heidecker, Instituut voor Geschiedenis, Rijksuniversiteit Groningen
Index terms: Charters and Diplomatics, Literacy and Orality
Paper 1316-c12th-Century Forgers Rehabilitated: Going beyond Source Criticism?
(Language: English)
Marco Mostert, Onderzoekinstituut voor Geschiedenis en Kunstgeschiedenis, Universiteit Utrecht
Index terms: Charters and Diplomatics, Literacy and Orality
Abstract

At the moment, the study of charters is precariously balanced between traditional scholarship and innovative approaches which, though they are still considered by some to be heresies, are gradually coming to be considered as new orthodoxies. One of these concerns the use of charters or, to put it differently, the use of documents as forms of communication. Through an analysis of three case studies, we wish to consider the methods of this particular new orthodoxy and answer the question whether its ‘heretical’ nature is not merely that of traditional scholarship in a modern guise.