IMC 2012: Sessions

Session 1002: Melrose Abbey and the Margins of Religious Memory

Wednesday 11 July 2012, 09.00-10.30

Sponsor:AHRC Project 'The Breaking of Britain', Universities of Glasgow, Lancaster, Edinburgh & King's College London
Organiser:Dauvit Broun, School of Humanities (History), University of Glasgow
Moderator/Chair:Matthew H. Hammond, School of History, Classics & Archaeology, University of Edinburgh
Paper 1002-aMemoria dignum: Memory, Record, and Literary Culture at Melrose Abbey
(Language: English)
Helen Birkett, Department of History, University of Exeter
Index terms: Hagiography, Language and Literature - Latin, Lay Piety, Mentalities
Paper 1002-bRecovering the Life of St Waldef, Abbot of Melrose
(Language: English)
John Reuben Davies, School of Humanities (History), University of Glasgow
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Hagiography, Language and Literature - Latin, Monasticism
Paper 1002-cEnglish Bishops in the Chronicle of Melrose in the mid-13th Century
(Language: English)
Dauvit Broun, School of Humanities (History), University of Glasgow
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Historiography - Medieval, Manuscripts and Palaeography, Mentalities
Abstract

This session explores the different ways in which the past in and/or of Melrose Abbey, within living memory, was recorded in forms that were often fragile or ambiguous.The first paper looks at the creation and reuse of short narratives of miraculous events which betray anxieties about recording such material. The second focusses on the tenuous survival of a Life of an abbot of Melrose whose cult was initially discouraged in Melrose itself. The third looks at items in the Chronicle of Melrose which, despite being standard chronicle material, were not intended to be read as part of the main text, or were treated with extraordinary chronological indifference.