Session1328
TitleNew Directions in Charter Studies, IV: 'Norman' Charter Collections
Date/TimeWednesday 13 July 2011: 16.30-18.00
 
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
 
OrganiserDavid Bates, School of History, University of East Anglia
 
Moderator/ChairDavid Bates, School of History, University of East Anglia
 
Paper 1328-a Aristocratic Power and Authority in Normandy and England, c. 1150-1250: The Charters of the Du Hommet Constables of Normandy
(Language: English)
Daniel Power, Department of History, Swansea University
Index Terms: Archives and Sources; Charters and Diplomatics; Manuscripts and Palaeography; Politics and Diplomacy
Paper 1328-b Norman Episcopal Acta, 911-1204: Problems and Potential
(Language: English)
Richard Allen, St Peter's College, University of Oxford
Index Terms: Archives and Sources; Charters and Diplomatics; Ecclesiastical History
Paper 1328-c Les Actes des Abbés de Fécamp, 1031-1326
(Language: English)
Michaël Bloche, École Nationale des Chartes / Centre de Recherches Archéologiques et Historiques Anciennes et Médiévales (CRAHAM - UMR 6273), Université de Caen Basse-Normandie
Index Terms: Archives and Sources; Charters and Diplomatics; Ecclesiastical History
 
AbstractThis session looks at three sets of charters. The significance of the 300+ Anglo-Norman acts of the Du Hommet family in the light of recent charter studies introduces a discussion of what they reveal about aristocratic wealth, power, and the family's rise and decline. The state of Norman episcopal acts, focusing on the dioceses of Avranches and Coutances, will be assessed along with prospects for the future. Finally, the evolution of abbatial acts from Fécamp, particularly their superscription, will be discussed with reference to the stylistic freedom of each abbot and the introduction of French as the language of charters.