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IMC 2016: Sessions

Session 227: Rethinking Cartularies, 900-1200: Cartularies as History, History in Cartularies, I - Early Texts

Monday 4 July 2016, 14.15-15.45

Sponsor:Manchester Centre for Anglo-Saxon Studies (MANCASS)
Organiser:Charles Insley, School of Arts, Languages & Cultures, University of Manchester
Moderator/Chair:Leonie V. Hicks, Department of History and American Studies, Canterbury Christ Church University
Paper 227-aReading the Dossier of Saint-Denis as History
(Language: English)
Robert F. Berkhofer, Department of History, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo
Index terms: Administration, Charters and Diplomatics, Historiography - Medieval
Paper 227-bThe Pancarte of Jumièges and Beyond: Parallel Histories and Authority
(Language: English)
Thomas Roche, Archives départementales de l’Eure / Groupe de Recherche d'Histoire (GRHis), Université de Rouen Normandie
Index terms: Administration, Charters and Diplomatics, Historiography - Medieval
Paper 227-cThe First Durham History: Property and the Past in the Anonymous Historia de Sancto Cuthberto
(Language: English)
Charlie Rozier, Durham University Institute for Medieval and Early Modern Studies
Index terms: Charters and Diplomatics, Historiography - Medieval, Manuscripts and Palaeography

Following the success of last year's single IMC session on 'Writing history in the Anglo-Norman World: Cartularies as History', this is the first of four sessions designed to broaden both the geographical and chronological scope of discussions held in 2015. Cartularies, at least in the world of Anglophone scholarship, remain an under-problematised source. Until recently, editions of such texts have treated them unquestioningly as largely record sources, concerned with the administration of archives, property and rights. This focus on administration rather than historicising has generated conflicting approaches to cartularies and their definition, leading to such problematic terms as 'Cartulary-Chronicle'. In these sessions we hope to rethink this approach and place cartularies firmly in the genre of historical writing and what we think of as narrative and literary sources. It is hoped that papers will consider the origins, composition, transmission and later uses of specific cartularies or groups of similar texts produced in Western Europe, c. 900-1200. Its constituent papers explore the origins and early development of the genre during the 10th and 11th centuries, and will provide a baseline for discussions in the subsequent three sessions.