Session1213
TitleEmpire of Letters, I
Date/TimeWednesday 9 July 2014: 14.15-15.45
 
SponsorCap Digital / APICES / Institut de Recherche et d'Histoire des Textes, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Paris
 
OrganiserVincent Debiais, Centre de recherches historiques (CRH - UMR 8558), École des hautes études en sciences sociales / Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), Paris
 
Moderator/ChairCécile Treffort, Centre d'Études Supérieures de Civilisation Médiévale (CESCM), Université de Poitiers / Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), Poitiers
 
Paper 1213-a The 'Empire' of Capitals in Medieval Inscriptions, France, 8th-15th Centuries
(Language: English)
Estelle Ingrand-Varenne, Centre de recherche française à Jérusalem, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) / Centre d'Études Supérieures de Civilisation Médiévale (CESCM - UMR 7302), Université de Poitiers
Index Terms: Epigraphy; Manuscripts and Palaeography; Mentalities
Paper 1213-b The 'Empire of Letters': Textualis and Cursiva in Pragmatic Manuscripts of Sevilla's Cathedral, 13th-15th Centuries
(Language: English)
Diego Belmonte Fernández, Departamento de Historia Medieval, Universidad de Sevilla
Index Terms: Charters and Diplomatics; Manuscripts and Palaeography; Mentalities
Paper 1213-c Theocracy in Writings?: The Notion of Liturgical Gothic Script
(Language: English)
Dominique Stutzmann, Institut de Recherche et d'Histoire des Textes (IRHT), Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), Paris
Index Terms: Manuscripts and Palaeography; Mentalities; Religious Life
 
AbstractScript is not a neutral communication medium. Scripts were particularly used throughout the Middle Ages to stage the idea of Empire, power and domination. Well known examples are the litterae caelestes in the late Antiquity, the papal curialis, the litterae elongatae. And the scriptural domain is an Empire in itself with its coherence and history, with its own kingdoms, counties and lordships at war for influence. Connotations and innovations, influences or political pretentions to the Empire reflect the claim of a distinct 'imperium', used to distinguish different hierarchies and spheres of action and power. This session explores the wars and borders: Capitalis vs. Minuscule in Epigraphy (Ingrand-Varenne), Textualis vs. Cursiva in Pragmatic Writing (Belmonte Fernández) and in Liturgical Books (Stutzmann).