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IMC 2012: Sessions

Session 1222: Cistercians and Archives: Relations with the Wider World

Wednesday 11 July 2012, 14.15-15.45

Sponsor:Cîteaux: Commentarii cistercienses
Organiser:Terryl N. Kinder, _Cîteaux: Commentarii cistercienses_, Pontigny
Moderator/Chair:David N. Bell, Department of Religious Studies, Memorial University of Newfoundland
Paper 1222-aScribes of Fountains Abbey
(Language: English)
Mike Spence, Institute for Medieval Studies, University of Leeds
Index terms: Archives and Sources, Manuscripts and Palaeography, Monasticism, Religious Life
Paper 1222-bThe Political Use of the Cistercians by King John
(Language: English)
James Hadyn Jenkins, School of History, Archaeology & Religion, Cardiff University
Index terms: Archives and Sources, Monasticism, Politics and Diplomacy, Religious Life
Paper 1222-cStanley Abbey's Home Grange
(Language: English)
Graham Brown, Independent Scholar, Amesbury
Index terms: Archaeology - Sites, Archives and Sources, Economics - Rural, Monasticism

These presentations draw on material from archival sources to demonstrate how new conclusions may be drawn from applying the information gained from the documents to the site and then to a wider context. How did scriptoria function and what can be learned about their relationships with other abbeys? How do political stereotypes arise, and power be wielded to enhance or destroy an abbey? How can archaeological and documentary evidence be combined to explore the development, extent, and land-use pattern of a home grange, allowing analysis of the relationship between the monks and secular society?