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IMC 2023: Sessions

Session 331: Circulations of Information and Networks of Knowledge, II

Monday 3 July 2023, 16.30-18.00

Moderator/Chairs:Sebastian Kolditz, Historisches Seminar, Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg
David Lees, Department of History & Welsh History, Aberystwyth University
Paper 331-aThe Intertwining of Knowledge: The Latin Language as a Vehicle for Scientific Dissemination between the 12th and 13th Centuries
(Language: English)
Nicoletta Rozza, Dipartimento di Studi Umanistici Sezione di Scienze dell'Antichità, Università degli Studi di Napoli - Federico II
Index terms: Computing in Medieval Studies, Language and Literature - Latin, Mentalities, Teaching the Middle Ages
Paper 331-bChivalric Information Networks: Transmissions of the Moral through the Story's and the Reader's World
(Language: English)
Kathleen Burt, Department of English, Middle Georgia State University
Index terms: Folk Studies, Language and Literature - Middle English
Paper 331-cArchival Storage in Amsterdam during the 15th and 16th Centuries
(Language: English)
Erik Schmitz, Sectie Presentatie en participatie, Afdeling Publiek, Stadsarchief Amsterdam
Index terms: Administration, Charters and Diplomatics

Paper -a:
During the 12th century and throughout the 13th century, the Latin language represented the main vehicle for scientific dissemination in Europe. In the field of mathematical sciences, several translations, re-elaborations and syntheses of Greek and Arabic works flourished, the circulation of which gave rise, in the West, to a process of real scientific rebirth. The paper aims to provide a brief summary of the development of mathematical sciences in Europe, from the first Latin translations of the 12th century to the scientific contribution of Leonardo Fibonacci in the 13th century.

Paper -b:
Binding games and conditions in chivalric texts such as Sir Gawain and the Green Knight and Marie de France's Lais draw attention to the information network created by the transmission of the embedded moral. When the knight and then court members witness the results, the trade or exchange becomes the source of a lesson or knowledge that spreads from the knight through the court in the world of the story, and then beyond to the reader. The journey of the message becomes meta-literary when the prologues are taken into account, furthering the web of transmission into the reader’s world.

Paper -c:
This paper discusses the various forms of archival storage in Amsterdam during the15th-16th centuries. Starting point is the reconstruction of a medieval cabinet from Amsterdam's Oude Kerk. Three drawers of this cabinet remain, which have recently been dated dendrochronologically as mid-15th-century (youngest felldate c. 1458). The cabinet was used by an institution for the care of the poor and the arrangement of the charters in the drawers is known from a source from the mid-16th century. The lost cabinet shows strong similarities to the famous (at least in the Netherlands) Amsterdam charter cabinet, in which city privileges were kept for centuries. This fully preserved chest of drawers also stood in the Oude Kerk and was dated dendrochronologically in 2014 as mid-15th-century. There are strong indications that both cabinets were made in the same workshop. Written sources make it clear that, in addition to traditional archival chests, chests of drawers were also in use in other Amsterdam institutions. The increased complexity of the administrations made chests of drawers probably more efficient than traditional chests.