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IMC 2023: Sessions

Session 1238: Mercian Studies, I: Mercian Networks, 7th-9th Centuries

Wednesday 5 July 2023, 14.15-15.45

Sponsor:Leicester Medieval Research Centre
Organiser:Joanna Story, School of Historical Studies, University of Leicester
Moderator/Chair:Joanna Story, School of Historical Studies, University of Leicester
Paper 1238-aQueen Osthryth of Mercia in Secular and Ecclesiastical Networks
(Language: English)
Máirín MacCarron, Department of History, University of Sheffield
Index terms: Computing in Medieval Studies, Ecclesiastical History, Gender Studies, Hagiography
Paper 1238-bTorthelm of Leicester's Letter to Boniface
(Language: English)
Peter Darby, Department of History, University of Nottingham
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Language and Literature - Latin, Religious Life, Rhetoric
Paper 1238-cA Wicked Queen and a Tyrannical King?: Memories of Eadburh and Offa in Late 9th-Century Wessex
(Language: English)
Alex Traves, Department of History, University of Sheffield
Index terms: Gender Studies, Historiography - Medieval, Politics and Diplomacy, Women's Studies
Abstract

Connections forged by Mercian men and women in the later 7th and 8th centuries are preserved primarily through texts written or preserved by people outside the kingdom. Memories of the secular elites were rarely curated within Mercia, and the written sources that survive often preserve a perspective distant in time or place from Mercia itself. This source bias contrasts with the apparent political, military, and religious dominance of Mercia within Britain in the 8th century and its connections with distant secular and ecclesiastical circles.