Skip to main content

IMC 2023: Sessions

Session 1019: Disentangling the Archive, I: Single Document Discoveries

Wednesday 5 July 2023, 09.00-10.30

Sponsor:The National Archives, Kew
Organiser:Euan Roger, The National Archives, Kew
Moderator/Chair:Andrew Prescott, School of Critical Studies (English Language), University of Glasgow
Paper 1019-aGeoffrey Chaucer, Cecily Chaumpaigne, and the Statute of Labourers
(Language: English)
Euan Roger, The National Archives, Kew
Index terms: Archives and Sources, Law
Paper 1019-bRomantic Administrators: Thomas Altherton, Exchequer Scribe and Owner of the Romance of Sir Parthenope of Blois
(Language: English)
Hannes Kleineke, History of Parliament Trust, London
Index terms: Administration, Archives and Sources
Paper 1019-cRewriting Memory in 15th-Century Durham: Margaret Horsley and the Miscellaneous Charters
(Language: English)
Bridget Cox, Department of History, Durham University
Index terms: Administration, Archives and Sources, Local History

How have single document discoveries changed the way historians think about their research subjects, whether biographical or thematic? How can these discoveries help us to understand the archive more clearly and disentangle the complexity of how collections were created and used in the past? Can these discoveries bring us closer to understanding how individuals and groups experienced medieval networks and bureaucracies, and therefore increase our modern awareness of related collections? This session will allow presenters to discuss examples from their own research, where new discoveries have changed their perceptions and altered the landscape of particular subjects.