IMC 2017: Sessions

Session 213: Charters, Cartularies, and Wills: Papers in Honour of Michael Gervers

Monday 3 July 2017, 14.15-15.45

Organiser:Robin Sutherland-Harris, Centre for Medieval Studies, University of Toronto, Downtown
Moderator/Chair:Robin Sutherland-Harris, Centre for Medieval Studies, University of Toronto, Downtown
Respondent:Philippa Hoskin, School of History & Heritage, University of Lincoln
Paper 213-aThe Cartularies and Wills of Adam Fraunceys: The Documentary Legacy of a 14th-Century London Merchant
(Language: English)
Eileen Kim, Department of Medieval Studies, Wilfrid Laurier University, Ontario
Index terms: Archives and Sources, Charters and Diplomatics, Economics - Urban
Paper 213-bThe Medieval Cartulary of Vaucelles Abbey and Its Contemporary Table of Contents
(Language: English)
Kathryn E. Salzer, Department of History, Pennsylvania State University
Index terms: Archives and Sources, Charters and Diplomatics, Manuscripts and Palaeography, Religious Life
Paper 213-cToo Busy to Explain Why?: Interpreting Changes in the Diplomatic Formulae of 12th- and 13th-Century Charters
(Language: English)
Robin Sutherland-Harris, Centre for Medieval Studies, University of Toronto, Downtown
Index terms: Archives and Sources, Charters and Diplomatics, Computing in Medieval Studies, Religious Life
Abstract

2017 marks Michael Gervers’s 75th birthday, and his 41st year as a faculty member at the University of Toronto. His research spans the history of Medieval England, the Crusading Military Orders, Art History, Diplomatic, and the cultural history of Ethiopia. To honour his distinguished career, this session brings together scholars of medieval legal documents and ecclesiastical records whose research has been influenced by the work of Professor Gervers. This session broadly addresses documents of medieval England and France. Our focus is on the details of documentary form and function within the larger historical context. Individually, each paper examines some aspect of medieval records. Whether it be the inter-connected functionality of private cartularies and wills, the meaning embedded in a cartulary’s table of contents, or the relationship between the demands placed on medieval administrators and their use of formulaic language in their charters, all papers in this session examine the minutiae of medieval records in light of the complex world for which they were created.