IMC 2009: Sessions

Session 601: Post-Conquest English Texts in their Manuscript Contexts

Tuesday 14 July 2009, 11.15-12.45

Sponsor:AHRC Project 'The Production and Use of English Manuscripts 1060 to 1220'
Organiser:Takako Kato, School of English, University of Leicester
Moderator/Chair:Mary Swan, Institute for Medieval Studies, University of Leeds
Paper 601-aThe Manuscript Contexts of the Treaty of Alfred and Guthrum in Cambridge, Corpus Christi College 383
(Language: English)
Thomas Gobbitt, Institute for Medieval Studies, University of Leeds
Index terms: Language and Literature - Old English, Law, Manuscripts and Palaeography
Paper 601-bPost-Conquest Old English Charters
(Language: English)
Kate Wiles, Institute for Medieval Studies, University of Leeds
Index terms: Charters and Diplomatics, Manuscripts and Palaeography
Paper 601-cThe Manuscript Contexts of the West Saxon Gospels in CUL Ii.2.11
(Language: English)
Takako Kato, School of English, University of Leicester
Index terms: Language and Literature - Old English, Manuscripts and Palaeography
Abstract

This AHRC-funded Project, ‘The Production and Use of English Manuscripts 1060 to 1220’, aims to identify, analyse, and evaluate all manuscripts containing English written in England between 1060 and 1220, in order to understand, interpret, and re-conceptualise post-Conquest vernacular textual cultures and the manuscript book as material artefact. In this session, project members will explore the manuscript contexts of three very different texts: a treaty, charters, and gospels, by focusing on their production, emendation, glosses, corrections, mise-en-page, and on the differences between the texts. Examining the manuscript contexts of these texts will help us better understand the nature of post-Conquest vernacular literary culture: who approved of and paid for the copying of texts in English, who had access to English manuscripts, and who was reading them.