Session1228
TitleNew Directions in Charter Studies, III: Insular Charters in the Anglo-Saxon and Anglo-Norman Periods
Date/TimeWednesday 13 July 2011: 14.15-15.45
 
SponsorBattle Conference on Anglo-Norman Studies / Haskins Society for Anglo-Saxon, Anglo-Norman, Angevin & Viking History / Centre Michel de Boüard (CRAHAM - UMR 6273), Université de Caen Basse-Normandie
 
OrganiserCharles Insley, Centre for Medieval & Early Modern Studies / Department of History, University of Manchester
 
Moderator/ChairChris Lewis, Institute of Historical Research, University of London
 
Paper 1228-a Variation in the Charters of 'Æthelstan A'
(Language: English)
David Anthony Woodman, Robinson College, University of Cambridge
Index Terms: Charters and Diplomatics; Manuscripts and Palaeography
Paper 1228-b Regional Diplomatic in Late Anglo-Saxon England
(Language: English)
Charles Insley, Centre for Medieval & Early Modern Studies / Department of History, University of Manchester
Index Terms: Charters and Diplomatics; Ecclesiastical History; Manuscripts and Palaeography
Paper 1228-c Norman Engagement with Church and Society in Cornwall through a Henry I Charter for Exeter
(Language: English)
Stephen Marritt, School of Humanities (History), University of Glasgow
Index Terms: Charters and Diplomatics; Ecclesiastical History; Local History; Politics and Diplomacy
 
AbstractThis session addresses aspects of English charters pre- and post-1066. Diplomatic variations in the charters of 'Æthelstan A' are shown to suggest that this scribe had an unprecedented vision for the rhetorical possibilities of the charter. Diplomatic variations are also examined from a regional perspective, contextualised in debates over power and identity, and the evidence for the survival of regional traditions after 1066 surveyed. A royal charter of c.1123 is shown to demonstrate the wholesale appropriation by Exeter's Norman bishops of major Cornish churches and saints, occasioned by episcopal understanding of the 'Celtic' past through their charter archive.