IMC 2013: Sessions

Session 731: History and Historians in the Anglo-Norman Realm

Tuesday 2 July 2013, 14.15-15.45

Sponsor:Battle Conference on Anglo-Norman Studies / Haskins Society for Anglo-Saxon, Anglo-Norman, Angevin & Viking History
Organiser:Charlie Rozier, Durham University Institute for Medieval and Early Modern Studies
Moderator/Chair:Chris Lewis, Institute of Historical Research, University of London / Department of History, King's College London
Paper 731-aThe Writing of the Worcester Chronicon ex chronicis
(Language: English)
David Anthony Woodman, Department of Anglo-Saxon, Norse & Celtic, University of Cambridge
Index terms: Historiography - Medieval, Manuscripts and Palaeography
Paper 731-bSqualid Lives and Dreadful Deaths: The Demise of the Monarch in the Historia Ecclesiastica of Orderic Vitalis
(Language: English)
James Plumtree, Department of Medieval Studies, Central European University, Budapest
Index terms: Historiography - Medieval, Language and Literature - Latin
Paper 731-cThe Cantor-Historians of the Anglo-Norman 12th Century
(Language: English)
Charlie Rozier, Durham University Institute for Medieval and Early Modern Studies
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Historiography - Medieval, Manuscripts and Palaeography, Monasticism
Abstract

The Anglo-Norman period (c.1050-c.1154) witnessed an unprecedented flowering of historical studies, both in England and Normandy. More historical texts were copied and composed in these years than in any other preceding hundred-year period. Annals, chronicles, hagiographical texts, and narratives histories were added to library collections throughout the Anglo-Norman world. This session explores aspects of this movement. Papers analyse the commission and compilation of historical texts, aspects of their intended uses and purposes, and the working lives and wider careers of historical authors active at this time.