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IMC 2020: Sessions

Session 1739: Pushing the Boundaries: Normans across the Sea, III: Networking in the North Sea World

Thursday 9 July 2020, 14.15-15.45

Organisers:Philippa Byrne, St John's College, University of Oxford
Caitlin Ellis, Department of Anglo-Saxon, Norse & Celtic, University of Cambridge
Moderator/Chair:Colin Veach, School of Histories, Languages & Cultures, University of Hull
Paper 1739-aThe Norman World of John de Courcy
(Language: English)
Claire Collins, School of History, University College Dublin
Index terms: Economics - Trade, Local History, Military History, Politics and Diplomacy
Paper 1739-bMovement, Transmission, and the North Sea World in 12th-Century Anglo-Norman History Writing
(Language: English)
Carolyn Cargile, Centre for Medieval Studies, University of York
Index terms: Historiography - Medieval, Language and Literature - Latin, Language and Literature - Scandinavian
Paper 1739-cSt Olaf, the Normans, and the Foundation of St Mary's York
(Language: English)
Dan Talbot, School of History, University of East Anglia
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Hagiography, Mentalities, Monasticism

The three sessions in the 'Normans across the Sea' series examine how the sea can be used to define and/or deconstruct ideas of Norman borders and Norman identity. Session 3, 'Networking in the North Sea World', examines the persistence of connections (real and imagined) in the Norman North, and the experience of those individuals who moved across established political and linguistic borders. Collins traces how John de Courcy built his lordship in Northern Ireland through political dealing, marriage alliances, and literary patronage across the sea. Cargile discusses the way in which Norman historical writing was shaped by contact with a Scandinavian intellectual tradition. Talbot's paper considers how Scandinavian connections can be found at a micro-level, through the study of the foundation and development of St Mary's, York, an abbey simultaneously on the border and at the centre of the Norman world.