Session 823: Strategies of Communicative Behaviour in Monastic Communities of the 11th and 12th Centuries
Tuesday 11 July 2006, 16.30-18.00
|Steven Vanderputten, FWO Flanders / Department of Medieval History, Universiteit Gent
|Matthew H. Hammond, School of Historical Studies, University of Glasgow
|Count Charles the Good and St Jonat’s Relics: Hagiography and the Feudal Politics of the Monks of Marchiennes
Index terms: Hagiography, Literacy and Orality, Monasticism, Politics and Diplomacy
|The Adoption of Charters in Scotland, c. 1115-1150: A New Strategy for Defending Property Rights?
Index terms: Charters and Diplomatics, Literacy and Orality, Manuscripts and Palaeography, Monasticism
|The Eleven Lives of St Ghislain: Multiplying Hagiography for Multiplying Purposes
Index terms: Hagiography, Literacy and Orality, Manuscripts and Palaeography, Monasticism
Papers in this session aim to discuss diverse aspects of the strategic use of written and unwritten communication by monastic communities in a time of communicative transition. Information with strong social relevance was shaped and re-shaped by its incorporation in the written memory of the monks, including charters, hagiography, and historiography. By looking at the oral contexts in which these texts were embedded, it becomes possible to re-establish the exact meaning of written documents to the social process and to understand the necessity of recording oral information in writing and of re-writing certain documents.