IMC 2006: Sessions

Session 1209: Action and the Written Word in the Middle Ages

Wednesday 12 July 2006, 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 1209-aFounding a Monastery over Dinner: The Case of Henryków in Silesia (c. 1225)
(Language: English)
Anna Adamska, Onderzoekinstituut voor Geschiedenis en Kunstgeschiedenis, Universiteit Utrecht
Index terms: Charters and Diplomatics, Lay Piety, Literacy and Orality, Mentalities
Paper 1209-bWriting Charters as a Public Action: The Example of the Carolingian Charters of St Gall
(Language: English)
Bernhard Zeller, Institut für Mittelalterforschung, Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften, Wien
Index terms: Charters and Diplomatics, Literacy and Orality, Manuscripts and Palaeography
Paper 1209-cCharters as Objects and as Texts in Judicial Actions: The Example of the Carolingian Charters of St Gall
(Language: English)
Karl Heidecker, Instituut voor Geschiedenis, Rijksuniversiteit Groningen
Index terms: Charters and Diplomatics, Law, Literacy and Orality, Mentalities
Abstract

An examination of the relationship between the written word and action (‘ritual’) in medieval legal transactions. Questions which might be addressed include: What is the relationship between the use of ‘rituals’ and literacy? Do cultures which make extensive use of written instruments in legal transactions also employ ‘rituals’, or are the two sometimes or often mutually exclusive? What are the respective functions of written instruments and legal ‘rituals’? What is the nature of legal ‘rituals’? Do the answers to any of the above vary between levels of a particular society (e.g. between princely and local courts)?