IMC 2017: Sessions

Session 1302: Eadmer of Canterbury, II: New Interpretations of Eadmer's Historia Novorum

Wednesday 5 July 2017, 16.30-18.00

Organisers:Hilary Powell, Department of English Studies, Durham University
Sally N. Vaughn, Department of History, University of Houston, Texas
Moderator/Chair:Hilary Powell, Department of English Studies, Durham University
Paper 1302-aA Pious Man among Sinners: Anselm in Eadmer's Historia Novorum in Anglis
(Language: English)
Stephanie Britton, Department of History, Durham University
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Hagiography, Historiography - Medieval
Paper 1302-bDo Eadmer's 'Eyewitness Accounts' in Historia Novorum Reflect Literary Sources Other than Anselm Himself?
(Language: English)
Sally N. Vaughn, Department of History, University of Houston, Texas
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Hagiography, Historiography - Medieval, Monasticism
Paper 1302-cEadmer of Canterbury as Historian in the Historia Novorum in Anglia
(Language: English)
Charlie Rozier, Durham University Institute for Medieval and Early Modern Studies
Index terms: Hagiography, Historiography - Medieval, Manuscripts and Palaeography
Abstract

Three new analyses of Eadmer’s Historia Novorum‘s treatment of Anselm, and its sources. Paper -a: Eadmer’s portrayal of Anselm as a pious outsider, resulting in his conflicts with King William Rufus, the English bishops, and eventual exile, incorporating themes from Anselm’s theology. Paper -b: Eadmer’s so-called ‘eyewitness accounts’, especially of King William Rufus, are based not entirely on reallity, but on models from some unsuspected sources. Paper -c: A reappraisal of Eadmer’s status as an Anglo-Norman historian, not as a revivalist of Anglo-Norman historical writing, but rather based more on his study of hagiography and sacred biography than historical training.