IMC 2006: Sessions

Session 823: Strategies of Communicative Behaviour in Monastic Communities of the 11th and 12th Centuries

Tuesday 11 July 2006, 16.30-18.00

Sponsor:Universiteit Gent
Organiser:Steven Vanderputten, FWO Flanders / Department of Medieval History, Universiteit Gent
Moderator/Chair:Matthew H. Hammond, School of Historical Studies, University of Glasgow
Paper 823-aCount Charles the Good and St Jonat’s Relics: Hagiography and the Feudal Politics of the Monks of Marchiennes
(Language: English)
Steven Vanderputten, FWO Flanders / Department of Medieval History, Universiteit Gent
Index terms: Hagiography, Literacy and Orality, Monasticism, Politics and Diplomacy
Paper 823-bThe Adoption of Charters in Scotland, c. 1115-1150: A New Strategy for Defending Property Rights?
(Language: English)
Dauvit Broun, School of Humanities (History), University of Glasgow
Index terms: Charters and Diplomatics, Literacy and Orality, Manuscripts and Palaeography, Monasticism
Paper 823-cThe Eleven Lives of St Ghislain: Multiplying Hagiography for Multiplying Purposes
(Language: English)
Tjamke Snijders, Department of Medieval History, Universiteit Gent
Index terms: Hagiography, Literacy and Orality, Manuscripts and Palaeography, Monasticism
Abstract

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.