IMC 2017: Sessions

Session 1008: Seals and Social Strata in Northern Europe

Wednesday 5 July 2017, 09.00-10.30

Sponsor:SIGILLVM: International Network for the Study of Seals & Sealing Practices
Organiser:Matthew Sillence, Faculty of Arts & Humanities, University of East Anglia
Moderator/Chair:Elizabeth New, Department of History & Welsh History, Aberystwyth University
Paper 1008-aEnglish 'Peasant' Seals, c. 1300
(Language: English)
Phillipp R. Schofield, Department of History & Welsh History, Aberystwyth University
Index terms: Archaeology - Artefacts, Archives and Sources, Manuscripts and Palaeography, Social History
Paper 1008-bFriends and Neighbours: Using Digisig to Investigate Regional Affinities in the British Isles in the 13th Century
(Language: English)
John McEwan, Center for Digital Humanities, Saint Louis University, Missouri
Index terms: Archaeology - Artefacts, Archives and Sources, Manuscripts and Palaeography, Social History
Paper 1008-cNorman Peasant Seals: A Sign Universe
(Language: English)
Ambre Vilain, Laboratoire de Recherches Archéologiques (LARA - UMR 6566), Université de Nantes
Index terms: Archaeology - Artefacts, Art History - General
Abstract

Quite exceptionally, in medieval Normandy (and some neighbouring areas) and in England and Wales, seals were used not only by well-to-do or well-placed members of society, but by humbler persons – peasant landholders and others – who conveyed property by means of written documents. Interestingly, these seals from northern France are very similar to those from England and Wales in their designs and legends, and this is a theme to be explored in this session. Beyond the seals themselves, it has implications for, inter alia, methods of conveyancing, peasants’ freedom to buy and sell property, and the influence of those estates – lay and ecclesiastical – that lay on both sides of the Channel.