IMC 2005: Sessions

Session 301: Constructing Anglo-Saxon England in the 12th Century

Monday 11 July 2005, 16.30-18.00

Sponsor:Group for Research into English Manuscripts in the 12th Century
Organisers:Mary Swan, Institute for Medieval Studies, University of Leeds
Elaine Treharne, Department of English, University of Leicester
Moderator/Chair:Mary Swan, Institute for Medieval Studies, University of Leeds
Paper 301-aPerambulating the Past: 12th-Century Perceptions of Pre-Danish Peterborough
(Language: English)
Avril Margaret Morris, School of Historical Studies, University of Leicester
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Manuscripts and Palaeography, Religious Life
Paper 301-bLocal Texts and Latin Texts: A Fresh Look at the Peterborough Chronicle
(Language: English)
Malasree Home, Independent Scholar, Liverpool
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Local History, Religious Life
Paper 301-cWriting the Reform: Post-Conquest Interpretations of Dunstan and the 10th-Century Benedictine Revival
(Language: English)
Nicola Robertson, Institute for Medieval Studies, University of Leeds
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Religious Life

The three papers in this session all represent exciting new work that insists on a reinterpretation of long accepted facts about Anglo-Saxon England and the representation of that society by authors in the post-conquest period. Focusing on monastic culture and its historical self-referentiality, all three speakers will analyse and reappraise textual materials produced in the twelfth century that seek to create a particular set of ‘truths’ – about the tenth century Benedictine reform, about the seventh-century foundation of Peterborough Cathedral, and about the transmission of pre-Conquest monastic history in the aftermath of the Norman Conquest.