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IMC 2016: Sessions

Session 1531: New Light on Old Folios: Re-Examining the Research Potential within (Arch)bishops' Registers

Thursday 7 July 2016, 09.00-10.30

Sponsor:University of York
Organiser:Gary Brannan, Borthwick Institute for Archives, University of York
Moderator/Chair:W. Mark Ormrod, Centre for Medieval Studies, University of York
Paper 1531-aUnstitching the Divine: Research Potentialities from the Conservation, Digitisation, and Dissemination of the York Archbishops' Registers
(Language: English)
Gary Brannan, Borthwick Institute for Archives, University of York
Index terms: Archives and Sources, Computing in Medieval Studies, Ecclesiastical History, Manuscripts and Palaeography
Paper 1531-bOn the Fringes of England to the Centre of Rome: Bishops' Careers, Networks, and Their Registers, 1282-1317
(Language: English)
James Richardson, Department of History, University of York
Index terms: Administration, Ecclesiastical History, Politics and Diplomacy, Social History
Paper 1531-c'Parishioners worthier by estate and degree': Looking for Lay People in York's Archbishops' Registers
(Language: English)
Louisa Foroughi, Department of History, Fordham University, New York
Index terms: Archives and Sources, Social History

Inspired by the Andrew W. Mellon-funded 'York's Archbishops' Registers Revealed, 1225-1646' project at the University of York, the session will highlight and re-affirm the potential of medieval archiepiscopal and episcopal registers for the study of many topics both in ecclesiastical and in social history. The session, which arises from a successful training programme for PhD students held in York in the summer of 2015, will examine the York registers' context and the new research potentialities brought about by their conservation and digitisation. We will investigate the evidence in the registers for the role of archbishops and bishops in forging connections between dioceses (both at home and across Europe), and consider the opportunities the registers afford for studying lay people and many different social levels.