IMC 2005: Sessions

Session 1205: Action and the Written Word in the Middle Ages, I

Wednesday 13 July 2005, 14.15-15.45

Organisers:Paul Barnwell, English Heritage, York
Marco Mostert, Onderzoekinstituut voor Geschiedenis en Kunstgeschiedenis, Universiteit Utrecht
Moderator/Chair:Marco Mostert, Onderzoekinstituut voor Geschiedenis en Kunstgeschiedenis, Universiteit Utrecht
Paper 1205-aAction, Speech, and Writing in Early Frankish Law
(Language: English)
Paul Barnwell, English Heritage, York
Index terms: Law, Literacy and Orality
Paper 1205-bRhetoric and Ritual in Late Anglo-Saxon Charters
(Language: English)
Charles Insley, Department of History & American Studies, Canterbury Christ Church University
Index terms: Charters and Diplomatics, Law, Literacy and Orality
Paper 1205-cTraces of Oral Scandinavian Culture
(Language: English)
Stefan Brink, Centre for Medieval Studies, Universitetet i Bergen
Index terms: Archaeology - General, Law, Literacy and Orality
Abstract

The aim of this session (as of Action and the Written Word in the Middle Ages, II) is to examine the relationship between the written word and action (‘ritual’) in medieval legal transactions. Questions which will be addressed include: What is the relationship between the use of ‘rituals’ and literacy? Do cultures which make extensive use of written documents in legal transactions also employ ‘rituals’, or are the two sometimes or often mutually exclusive? What are the respective functions of written documents and legal ‘rituals’? What is the nature of legal ‘rituals’? Are rituals accompanied by roals verbalisation and, if so, how do the words used relate to those of the written instruments?