IMC 2005: Sessions

Session 1401: AHRB-Funded Project on 'The Production and Use of English Manuscripts, 1060-1220'

Wednesday 13 July 2005, 19.30-20.30

Organisers:Mary Swan, Institute for Medieval Studies, University of Leeds
Elaine Treharne, Department of English, University of Leicester
Moderator/Chairs:Mary Swan, Institute for Medieval Studies, University of Leeds
Elaine Treharne, Department of English, University of Leicester
Abstract

This project presentation by its lead investigators will present a new Arts and Humanities Research Board project running from 2005-2010 with a team of five researchers. The project aims to identify, analyse and evaluate all manuscripts containing English written in England between 1060 and 1220. It will produce an analytical corpus in order to address fundamental questions about this crucial period in the evolution of English textual culture, from late Anglo-Saxon England through the Norman Conquest and into the high Middle Ages. The project’s key research questions include the status of written English relative to French and Latin; the identity of the producers and users of the texts; and the agenda informing the production of so many texts in English during this critical period. This presentation will introduce the project, outline its aims, and seek to encourage scholars from a range of relevant disciplines to participate in its work by explaining the database and website, and the remit and rationale of the work ahead.