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IMC 2006: Sessions

Session 827: Clods, Altars, Records, and Donors: Reading Narratives and Emotions in Early Medieval Charters

Tuesday 11 July 2006, 16.30-18.00

Organiser:Allan Scott McKinley, Department of History, University of Birmingham
Moderator/Chair:Charles Insley, Department of History & American Studies, Canterbury Christ Church University
Paper 827-a'Secured in the Kingdom of my Fathers': Charters, Kings, and the Control of Kent in the Late Seventh Century
(Language: English)
Martin Ryan, School of Arts, Languages & Cultures, University of Manchester
Index terms: Charters and Diplomatics, Politics and Diplomacy
Paper 827-bPersonal Motivations for Giving Land to the Church in the Eighth Century? The Case of Wissembourg
(Language: English)
Allan Scott McKinley, Department of History, University of Birmingham
Index terms: Charters and Diplomatics, Ecclesiastical History
Paper 827-cFixing Documents in Carolingian-Period Catalonia
(Language: English)
Jonathan Jarrett, Fitzwilliam Museum University of Cambridge 1 Lingholme Close CAMBRIDGE CB4 3HW
Index terms: Charters and Diplomatics

The aim of this session is to use the narratives and emotional keys of early medieval charters to attempt new understanding of key aspects of the early medieval period. Ryan will argue that Kentish charters of the late seventh century show Kentish rulers deliberately seeking to project narratives of ruler legitimacy in times of contention over kingship; McKinley will examine evidence from eighth-century Alsatian charters, arguing that the emotional clues therein offer keys to understanding the motivation behind those gifts; Jarrett will use narratives of charter production from ninth-century Catalonia to question existing understandings of charter redaction, and to suggest a more nuanced approach.