IMC 2007: Sessions

Session 310: Problems and Possibilities of Early Medieval Diplomatic, III: Formularies, Charters, and the Interpretation of the Significance of Formulas

Monday 9 July 2007, 16.30-18.00

Organiser:Allan Scott McKinley, Department of History, University of Birmingham
Moderator/Chair:Marios Costambeys, Department of History, University of Liverpool
Paper 310-aFormulae and Charters: an Uneasy Partnership?
(Language: English)
Alice Rio, New College, University of Oxford
Index terms: Charters and Diplomatics, Education
Paper 310-bGoing to Hell Alongside the Traitor Judas: Were Sanction Clauses Mere Formulary Phrases?
(Language: English)
Allan Scott McKinley, Department of History, University of Birmingham
Index terms: Charters and Diplomatics, Mentalities
Paper 310-cMeaning and Context: On the Significance of Changing Charter Formularies in Lotharingia
(Language: English)
Charles West, Emmanuel College, University of Cambridge / University of Sheffield
Index terms: Charters and Diplomatics, Education, Literacy and Orality, Social History
Abstract

Whilst charters reflect their circumstances of composition, formularies are timeless objects providing model formulas. This session will examine the inter-relationship of the two types of document, and how the choice of formulas from models may still have reflected reality. Rio will question how charters and formularies functioned together. McKinley will survey the use of the seemingly conservative sanction clauses and question what they meant to audience and authors. West will use the evidence of changing formulary use to examine social change in 10th/11th century Lotharingia.