IMC 2015: Sessions

Session 1737: Monks and Manuscripts in Central Europe

Thursday 9 July 2015, 14.15-15.45

Moderator/Chair:Anna Adamska, Onderzoekinstituut voor Geschiedenis en Kunstgeschiedenis, Universiteit Utrecht
Paper 1737-aUntangling the Web: Exchange of Texts and Manuscripts in 12th-Century Austria
(Language: English)
Katharina Kaska, Institut für Österreichische Geschichtsforschung, Universität Wien
Index terms: Literacy and Orality, Manuscripts and Palaeography, Monasticism
Paper 1737-bCommunities of Texts - Textual Communities?
(Language: English)
Christoph Egger, Institut für Österreichische Geschichtsforschung, Universität Wien
Index terms: Literacy and Orality, Manuscripts and Palaeography, Monasticism
Abstract

Paper -a:
When browsing through medieval booklists and modern manuscript catalogues of Austrian monasteries it quickly becomes apparent that certain compilations of texts were available in many houses of different orders in the 12th century. While this phenomenon has been noted before, little information is available on the exact ways of transmission of these texts. This paper attempts to shed some light on the networks of exchange between important 12th-century Austrian monastic centres like Admont, Klosterneuburg, and Heiligenkreuz.

Paper -b:
It is not so rare a phenomenon that the same sequence of texts by different authors appears in several manuscripts. This paper sets out to give examples from Austria and southern Germany and will ask whether such collections of texts are nothing but the result of coincidences or mechanical copying, or if they mirror a single person’s, a community’s or a group of communities’ interest in a particular subject.