IMC 2018: Sessions

Session 1539: Memory in 11th-Century Historiography

Thursday 5 July 2018, 09.00-10.30

Moderator/Chair:Julie A. Hofmann, Department of History, Shenandoah University, Virginia
Paper 1539-aHariulf and the Reconstruction of the Past of the Abbey of Saint-Riquier, End of the 11th Century
(Language: English)
Thomas Ledru, Institut de Recherches Historiques du Septentrion (IRHiS - UMR 8529), Université de Lille
Index terms: Hagiography, Historiography - Medieval, Local History, Monasticism
Paper 1539-bFrom Archive to Historical Memory: (Re)Construction of the Past in Central Italian Monastic Historiography, 11th-12th Centuries
(Language: English)
Lari Ahokas, Department of Philosophy, History, Culture & Art Studies, University of Helsinki
Index terms: Historiography - Medieval, Monasticism

Paper -a:
At the end of the 11th century, Hariulf, monk of the Abbey of Saint-Riquier (France, Somme department), wrote a chronicle in four books relating the history of his abbey from its foundation in the 7th century. In this chronicle, after he selected them, he used and sometimes copied out very diverse sources, especially hagiographic and diplomatic sources. However, by doing so, he reconstructed a rather idealised history of his abbey. Thus, the aim of this paper is to show, by studying the most emblematic examples, for what reasons and how Hariulf did so.

Paper -b:
Reconstruction of the past by medieval historians, especially managing the tension between archival records and historical memory, has been a subject of many studies for the last few decades. Of particular interest has been the construction of the past with regard to contemporary needs, such as possession of properties, a standing concern in many of the religious institutions engaged in historical writing. Composition of history often entailed a redefinition of the institutional past, resulting in rearrangement of the documentary material. In this paper I will explore the reconstruction of the past from archival memory in the historical cartularies of the central Italian abbey of Farfa.