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IMC 2020: Sessions

Session 1650: Status, Rank, or Office?: Social Boundaries in England, 900-1100, II - Minor Officials

Thursday 9 July 2020, 11.15-12.45

Sponsor:Haskins Society / Department of History & Philosophy, State University of New York, Old Westbury
Organiser:Mary Blanchard, Department of History, Ave Maria University, Florida
Moderator/Chair:Chelsea Shields-Más, Department of History, University of York
Paper 1650-a'All one in friendship and in enmity, whichever may result': Gilds, Status, and Collective Identity in Late Anglo-Saxon England
(Language: English)
Rory Naismith, Department of History, King's College London
Index terms: Economics - General, Language and Literature - Old English, Local History, Social History
Paper 1650-bOutside the Norm: Moneyer Status in Pre-Conquest England
(Language: English)
Jeremy Piercy, School of History, Classics & Archaeology, University of Edinburgh
Index terms: Charters and Diplomatics, Economics - General, Numismatics, Social History
Paper 1650-cThe Status of Tainus Regis before and after the Norman Conquest
(Language: English)
Richard Purkiss, Lincoln College, University of Oxford
Index terms: Administration, Charters and Diplomatics, Social History

These sessions explore where status ended and office began in England c. 900-1100 and seek to encourage a dialogue among those working on different aspects of pre-Conquest society. Status and the social order were becoming more important during these centuries, signaled by increasing conspicuous consumption and an ecclesiastical interest in tracts on status. In a world where the secular and spiritual were often closely intertwined, what can the men and women who gained status and office in the ecclesiastical sphere tell us about those who obtained the same thing in the secular world? Among the laity, what can a discussion of the lowest thegns contribute to our understanding of the men who became reeves or ealdormen? By asking and attempting to answer these and other questions, these sessions aim to start a discussion and further a multifaceted understanding of the period and its people.