IMC 2008: Sessions

Session 309: Problems and Possibilities of Early Medieval Diplomatic, II: Was It Filed or Was It Lost?

Monday 7 July 2008, 16.30-18.00

Organiser:Jonathan Jarrett, Fitzwilliam Museum University of Cambridge 1 Lingholme Close CAMBRIDGE CB4 3HW
Moderator/Chair:Elina Screen, School of Historical Studies, University of Leicester
Paper 309-aDocuments that Shouldn't Survive: Preservation from before the Archive in Catalonia and Elsewhere
(Language: English)
Jonathan Jarrett, Fitzwilliam Museum University of Cambridge 1 Lingholme Close CAMBRIDGE CB4 3HW
Index terms: Administration, Archives and Sources, Charters and Diplomatics
Paper 309-bLooking for Charters that Aren't There: Lost Anglo-Saxon Charters and Archival Footprints
(Language: English)
Charles Insley, Department of History & American Studies, Canterbury Christ Church University
Index terms: Administration, Archives and Sources, Charters and Diplomatics
Paper 309-cHow (and When) To Organise an Archive: Methods and Locations of Charter Preservation at Worcester, 700-1100
(Language: English)
Allan Scott McKinley, Department of History, University of Birmingham
Index terms: Administration, Archives and Sources, Charters and Diplomatics
Abstract

This session explores some unusually difficult questions of charter preservation, dealing with documents whose locations are now unknown or hard to explain. Jarrett contrasts Catalan evidence with Continental archives to ask how some documents survive in archives that they predate and which therefore had no immediate interest in them. Insley asks whether and how we can recover the documents that Anglo-Saxon archives dispensed with, and thus broadens our understanding of charter production. Finally McKinley suggests that the archive of Worcester cathedral, despite its central organisation into cartularies, was constituted from dispersed dependent holdings in the 10th century.