IMC 2016: Sessions

Session 109: Guiding the Mind of the Beholder: The Materiality of Medieval Texts as Determinant of Its Meaning and Use, I - The Materiality of Law Manuscripts

Monday 4 July 2016, 11.15-12.45

Organiser:Rüdiger Lorenz, Universität Freiburg, Historisches Seminar, Abt. Landesgeschichte
Moderator/Chair:Christoph Egger, Institut für Österreichische Geschichtsforschung, Universität Wien
Paper 109-aHow Medieval Compilers (Re-)Arranged the Carolingian Capitularies
(Language: English)
Britta Mischke, Historisches Institut, Universität zu Köln
Britta Mischke, Historisches Institut, Universität zu Köln
Index terms: Law, Manuscripts and Palaeography
Paper 109-bLaying Out Evil Intent: Text and Peritext in Later Lombard Law-Books
(Language: English)
Thomas Gobbitt, Institut für Mittelalterforschung, Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften, Wien
Thomas Gobbitt, Institut für Mittelalterforschung, Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften, Wien
Index terms: Law, Manuscripts and Palaeography
Paper 109-cThe Manuscript Context of Lombard Feudal Law and Its Implications
(Language: English)
Rüdiger Lorenz, Universität Freiburg, Historisches Seminar, Abt. Landesgeschichte
Rüdiger Lorenz, Universität Freiburg, Historisches Seminar, Abt. Landesgeschichte
Index terms: Law, Manuscripts and Palaeography
Abstract

How we perceive and use a text is influenced by the way it is visualized and how it is intentionally or unintentionally associated with other texts. Based on the manuscript evidence, three sessions want to explore the different ways how this change of a text’s meaning or usage can be achieved. This includes the (re)organization of a text in a manuscript witness, or how accompanying texts like commentaries, glosses and notes complement, add to or even change a text, as well as the influence of the mise-en-page and the materiality of the manuscript book itself. Through these the sessions will examine the ways in which the experience of a reader (anticipated or real) is directed to facilitate and constrain their engagement with the text. Furthermore, the broader context of the manuscript will be taken into account: it will be asked, how associating or relating a text with other texts in a manuscript may either conserve traditional interpretations of a text, or generate new readings and new perspectives on the text’s usage. The first session focuses on the materiality of manuscripts containing medieval laws.