IMC 2013: Sessions

Session 112: Medieval Letters and Letter-Collections, 1000-1500: A Pleasurable Reading?!

Monday 1 July 2013, 11.15-12.45

Sponsor:Monumenta Germaniae Historica
Organiser:Karoline Dominika Döring, Monumenta Germaniae Historica, München
Moderator/Chair:Markus Krumm, DFG-Projekt 'Herrschaftsumbruch und Historiographie', Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München
Paper 112-aLetters in Frutolf's Chronicle: Entertainment, Information, Authenticity
(Language: English)
Christian Lohmer, _Monumenta Germaniae Historica_, München
Index terms: Archives and Sources, Historiography - Medieval
Paper 112-bUnpleasant Affairs That Please Us: Admonition and Rebuke in the Letter Collections of the Archbishops of Canterbury, 11th and 12th Centuries
(Language: English)
Roland Zingg, Monumenta Germaniae Historica, München
Index terms: Archives and Sources, Ecclesiastical History, Rhetoric
Paper 112-cBeautiful Daughters and Rich Tournaments: Pleasures of the East in Correspondences between Ottoman Sultans and Christian Princes, 14th and 15th Centuries
(Language: English)
Karoline Dominika Döring, Monumenta Germaniae Historica, München
Index terms: Archives and Sources, Printing History, Rhetoric

The session analyses a variety of medieval letters and letter-collections from different historical contexts and textual traditions. The first paper deals with the Benedictine monk Frutolf of Michelsberg (d. 1003), who is the author of one of the first world chronicles in medieval Central Europe. It investigates Frutolf’s intentions when inserting real or fictitious letters into his pile of historical observations. The second and third papers discuss affairs that might please us readers today, but were at the time of their writing certainly not meant to amuse. Complaints of improper clerical behaviour in archiepiscopal letter-collections and demonstration of oriental splendour in mostly fictitious correspondences between Christians and Muslims touch on serious historical realities.