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IMC 2016: Sessions

Session 527: Rethinking Cartularies, 900-1200: Cartularies as History, History in Cartularies, III - 12th-Century Contexts

Tuesday 5 July 2016, 09.00-10.30

Sponsor:John Rylands Research Institute, Manchester
Organiser:Charles Insley, School of Arts, Languages & Cultures, University of Manchester
Moderator/Chair:Linsey F. Hunter, Centre for History, University of the Highlands & Islands, Dornoch
Paper 527-aThe Becerro Gótico of Sahagún as an Expression of Monastic Authority: Strategies of Production and Legitimisation
(Language: English)
Leticia Agúndez San Miguel, Departamento de Historia Medieval, Moderna y de América, Universidad del País Vasco - Euskal Herriko Unibertsitatea, Vitoria-Gasteiz
Index terms: Charters and Diplomatics, Historiography - Medieval, Monasticism
Paper 527-bCartularies as Narrative Texts: The Monasteries of the Hirsau Reform Movement in South-Western Germany during the 12th Century
(Language: English)
Johannes Waldschütz, Historisches Seminar, Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg
Index terms: Charters and Diplomatics, Historiography - Medieval, Monasticism
Paper 527-cCartularies and Legal Change in the Later 12th Century
(Language: English)
Nicholas Karn, Department of History, University of Southampton
Index terms: Charters and Diplomatics, Law, Literacy and Orality

Following the success of last year's single IMC session on 'Writing history in the Anglo-Norman World: Cartularies as History', this is the third 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. Following session two on Anglo-Norman texts, this third session examines cartulary-histories in a broader 12th-century context, placing the development of the cartulary-chronicle in its broader European and legal context.