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IMC 2023: Sessions

Session 1302: Contextualising Regional Lives, Histories, Texts, and Memory

Wednesday 5 July 2023, 16.30-18.00

Moderator/Chair:Iain Dyson, Institute for Medieval Studies, University of Leeds
Paper 1302-aJohn of Beverley, A Man of Deira
(Language: English)
Paulette Barton, Department of Modern Languages & Classics / Department of History, University of Maine
Index terms: Administration, Ecclesiastical History, Education, Genealogy and Prosopography
Paper 1302-bRoyal Genealogies in the 'Northern Recension' of the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle
(Language: English)
Elisabetta Magnanti, Institut für Geschichte, Universität Wien
Index terms: Genealogy and Prosopography, Historiography - Medieval, Language and Literature - Old English, Manuscripts and Palaeography
Paper 1302-cEntangled Accounts: Land Deeds, Hereward's Deeds, and the Reckonings of Heroism in the Register of Robert of Swaffham
(Language: English)
Joseph Grossi, Department of English, University of Victoria
Index terms: Charters and Diplomatics, Language and Literature - Other, Manuscripts and Palaeography, Monasticism
Paper 1302-dThere and Back Again: Master Robert Edington as an Agent of Intellectual Exchange between Durham Cathedral Priory and the Schools of Paris, c. 1167-c. 1190
(Language: English)
Adam Fletcher, Institute of Medieval & Early Modern Studies, Durham University
Index terms: Biblical Studies, Education, Monasticism, Theology

Paper -a:
In this paper I will discuss John as a member of the royal family of Deira with the patronage and privileges accorded to one of his rank. Royal families, even as early as the 7th century, maintained their relationship with the church. Hild, abbess of Whitby, exemplifies this relationship. Hild was also a patroness of John. Both his rank and patronage led to a rapid rise within with the ecclesiastical structure of his day. As abbot he administered a monastery. Upon appointment of as Bishop of Hexham he administered a diocese. As Bishop of York he is responsible for the ecclesiastical well being of Deira and Mercia. Such responsibilities required his presence throughout the diocese. Bede in chapter 6 of Book 5 (The Ecclesiastical History of the English People) described Herebald's riding accident. He also records John's skill as a horseman which was part of his heritage as Deiran nobility.

Paper -b:
The so-called 'Common Stock' is the original set of annals from which all the manuscripts of the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle derived. Although its compilation clearly lies in the reign of King Alfred, it was conceived to be circulated beyond the borders of Wessex. As it moved North, the received text was subject to an extensive revision which resulted in the creation of the 'Northern Recension' of the Chronicle. The ratio behind the interpolation and omission of material betrays signs of a precise historiographical agenda in which the long-development history of the northern manuscripts intertwines with that of the southern ones. The great removal of Anglo-Saxon royal genealogies was one of the most striking features of this revisionist plan.
Tracing this process of deletion in different manuscripts of the Chronicle can show how the dissemination of the Common Stock was received by those that it came into contact with. This paper aims to analyse how the treatment of Anglo-Saxon genealogies in the 'Northern Recension' is reflective of a complex philological and historical process which speaks to the interconnectedness of textual production between North and South in early medieval England.

Paper -c:
The 12th-century Latin Gesta Herwardi celebrates Hereward 'the Wake', the anti-Norman guerrilla popularised in modern times by Charles Kingsley's 1866 novel. Often read as a politically charged epic-romance, the Gesta is preserved among texts detailing Peterborough Abbey's history, properties, and rents in the 13th-century Register of Robert of Swaffham, now Cambridge, University Library, Peterborough Dean and Chapter MS 1. Unlike previous scholarship, the paper arising from the present proposal will build on studies of medieval cartularies (e.g. by Patrick Geary, Constance Brittain Bouchard, Georges Declercq, and Johanna Tucker) to analyse the Gesta's material contribution to Peterborough's corporate memory and institutional self-identity.

Paper -d:
Master Robert Edington has hitherto received little scholarly attention. The surviving evidence for Robert's career is limited to his appearance in a handful of charters associated with Durham Cathedral Priory and a list of books that he donated to the same institution following a period of study in Paris. This paper will examine the contents of Robert's book list in order to reconstruct his Parisian education in the period c.1167-c.1190, and subsequently consider Robert's vital role as an agent of intellectual exchange between the masters of Paris and the monks of Durham, thereby bridging the learned milieus of the schools and the cloister.