IMC 2007: Sessions

Session 1325: Latin Letters and Letter Collections

Wednesday 11 July 2007, 16.30-18.00

Sponsor:Texas Medieval Association
Organiser:Sally N. Vaughn, Department of History, University of Houston, Texas
Moderator/Chair:Christof Rolker, Exzellenzcluster 'Kulturelle Grundlagen von Integration', Universität Konstanz
Paper 1325-aLegal and Social Order in the Letters of St Boniface
(Language: English)
Michael E. Moore, Department of History, University of Iowa
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Language and Literature - Latin, Law, Social History
Paper 1325-bGerbert of Aurillac's Correspondence: The Collection as a Pedagogic Tool
(Language: English)
Courtney DeMayo, Department of History, University of Houston, Texas
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Education, Language and Literature - Latin, Politics and Diplomacy
Paper 1325-cThe Medieval Letter Collection as a Smörgåsbord: Obligatory Mainstays or Optional Items?
(Language: English)
Lena Wahlgren-Smith, Centre for Medieval & Renaissance Culture, University of Southampton
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Language and Literature - Latin, Mentalities, Social History
Abstract

This session examines Letter Collections, beginning with the social and legal implications of the Letters of St Boniface, and especially their legal applications later. The second paper will suggest that Gerbert of Aurillac (Pope Sylvester II) purposely collected and edited his correspondence as a teaching vehicle, perhaps intended for the young Emperor Otto III. The third will discuss letter collections in general: categories of letters, fictitious letters, and the wider narrative in whole collections.