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IMC 2023: Sessions

Session 1322: 'What News?': Sending and Receiving News in Later Medieval Europe

Wednesday 5 July 2023, 16.30-18.00

Sponsor:Traveler's Lab, Wesleyan University, Connecticut / Centre for Medieval Studies, University of Exeter
Organiser:Helen Birkett, Department of History, University of Exeter
Moderator/Chair:Chris Given-Wilson, St Andrews Institute of Mediaeval Studies, University of St Andrews
Paper 1322-aManaging the News: Bishops and Their People, 1200-1520
(Language: English)
David Gary Shaw, Department of History, Wesleyan University
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Literacy and Orality, Sermons and Preaching
Paper 1322-b'Principally because the rumors still persist': Information Networks in the Pogroms of 1391
(Language: English)
Adam Franklin-Lyons, Department of History, Marlboro College, Vermont
Index terms: Hebrew and Jewish Studies, Language and Literature - Spanish or Portuguese, Literacy and Orality, Social History
Paper 1322-cNews as a Social Event: Experiencing the Present
(Language: English)
Helen Birkett, Department of History, University of Exeter
Index terms: Literacy and Orality, Mentalities, Social History

This session explores the dissemination of news in later medieval Europe, focussing on three main aspects: the control of information, the manipulation of narrative, and the experience of reception. Shaw's paper examines how bishops policed the flow and content of news between cathedral and parish in later medieval England. Franklin-Lyons uses a case study of anti-Jewish pogroms in Iberia in 1391 to investigate how the communication of news via different networks impacted the speed of transmission and the content of reports. Finally, Birkett considers news as a communal event that enabled audiences to share emotional responses and to enhance their experience of the moment.