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IMC 2019: Sessions

Session 1147: Forging Memory: False Documents and Historical Consciousness in the Middle Ages, II

Wednesday 3 July 2019, 11.15-12.45

Sponsor:Centre for Medieval Studies, University of Exeter
Organiser:Levi Roach, Department of History, University of Exeter
Moderator/Chair:Alice Hicklin, Friedrich-Meinecke-Institut, Freie Universität Berlin
Paper 1147-aMaking Martyrology: Bede’s Martyrologium and an Imagined Eusebian Tradition
(Language: English)
Rose Lyddon, Faculty of History, University of Oxford
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Hagiography, Technology
Paper 1147-bHamalarius Fortunatus: Forging the Authority of Amalarius of Metz (d. 850) in 12th-Century Trier
(Language: English)
Graeme Ward, Institut für Mittelalterforschung, Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften, Wien
Index terms: Archives and Sources, Liturgy, Manuscripts and Palaeography
Paper 1147-cWhat Is New Is Old Again?: Adjusting the Past at Saint-Wandrille
(Language: English)
Thomas Roche, Archives départementales de l’Eure / Groupe de Recherche d'Histoire (GRHis), Université de Rouen Normandie
Index terms: Archives and Sources, Charters and Diplomatics

Over the last two decades, scholars have shown great interest in how group and institutional identities were constructed and contested within (and beyond) the Middle Ages. Much attention has been given to the role of narrative histories of peoples, regions, and religious houses in this context. Only relatively recently, however, has the contribution of more 'documentary' sources come to be appreciated. In recent years, we have learned that cartularies and cartulary-chronicles are not merely repositories of texts, but powerful statements about local and institutional identity. These sessions seek to develop these lines of investigation further by examining the contribution of forgery to these processes. They aim to bridge the gap between the study of historical memory (which until recently has taken written narratives as its starting point) and documentary forgery (which tends to focus on the legal implications of such texts), offering new vantage points on old problems regarding uses of the past in the Middle Ages.