IMC 2018: Sessions

Session 1139: Modes of Remembrance in High Medieval Germany

Wednesday 4 July 2018, 11.15-12.45

Organiser:Johanna Dale, Department of History, University College London
Moderator/Chair:Alheydis Plassmann, Institut für Geschichtswissenschaft, Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn
Paper 1139-aAbbot Herman of Niederaltaich's Rent Book and Cartulary: From Memory to Written Record or Phantoms of Remembrance?
(Language: English)
Jonathan Lyon, Department of History, University of Chicago, Illinois
Index terms: Administration, Archives and Sources, Ecclesiastical History
Paper 1139-bThe Karlsschrein in Aachen: Cui bono?
(Language: English)
Vedran Sulovsky, Faculty of History, University of Cambridge
Index terms: Art History - General, Liturgy, Political Thought, Politics and Diplomacy
Paper 1139-cHow and Why Was a 7th-Century Northumbrian King Remembered in High Medieval Germany?
(Language: English)
Johanna Dale, Department of History, University College London
Index terms: Hagiography, Language and Literature - German, Liturgy

In the 12th- and 13th-century Empire, all sorts of memories were constructed in a variety of forms. This interdisciplinary session explores the questions of how and why memories were forged in media as diverse as administrative manuscripts, saints’ shrines, liturgies, and historical, hagiographical, and literary texts. Was the Abbot of Niederaltaich simply recording past transactions or was his rent book and cartulary part of a wider project of remembrance? Is the famous Aachen Karlsschrein a monument to imperial or local memory? And why was a 7th-century Northumbrian king commemorated in sculpture, liturgy, and literature in high medieval Germany?