International Medieval Research 19

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Problems and Possibilities of Early Medieval Charters
Edited by Jonathan Jarret and Allan Scott McKinley

Although historical work on the early Middle Ages relies to an enormous extent on the evidence provided by charter and other such documents, the paradigms within which such documents are interpreted have changed relatively slowly and unevenly. The critical turn, the increasing availability of digital tools and corpora for study, and the acceptance among charter specialists that their discipline can inform a wider field all encourage rethinking. From 2006 to 2011 a special series of sessions at the Leeds International Medieval Congress addressed this by applying new critiques and technologies to early medieval diplomatic material from all over Europe. This volume collects some of the best of these papers by new and young scholares and adds related work from another session. The subjects range from reinterpretations of Carolingian or Anglo-Saxon political history, throught the production and use of charters by all ranks of society and their subsequent preservation from Spain to Germany and England to Italy, to explorations of new mediea to new kinds of results from such evidence. The result is an array of new perspectives which makes an important contribution to recent reconsiderations of charter studies. It will inform a wide audience from all walks of medieval historical studies.

Papers in this volume include:

  • Introduction: Possibilities and Problems of Early Medieval Charters, by Jonathan Jarrett
  • 'Charters in Plenty, If Only they Were Good for Anything': The Problem of Bookland and Folklore in Pre-Viking England, by Martin J. Ryan
  • Strategies of Alienating Land to the Church in Eighth-Century Alsace, by Allain Scott McKinley
  • Cistercian Charters and the Import of a Political Culture into Medieval Sweden, by Erik Niblaeus
  • Meaning and Context: Morningus the Lay Scribe and Charter Formulation in Late Carolingian Burgundy, by Charles West
  • Comparing the Earliest Documentary Culture in Carolingian Catalonia, by Jonathan Jarrett
  • When is a Charter Not a Charter? Documents in Non-Conventional Contexts in Early Medieval Europe, by Arkady Hodge
  • Destroying Documents in the Early Middle Ages, by Antonio Sennis
  • Looking for Charters that Aren't There: Lost Anglo-Saxon Charters and Archival Footprints, by Charles Insley
  • Representations of Monarchical 'Highness' in Carolingian Royal Charters, by Shigeto Kikuchi
  • Titles and Troubles: Conceptions of Mercian Royal Authority in Eighth- and Ninth-Century Charters, by Morn Capper
  • Lothar I in Italy, 843-40: Charters and Authority, by Elina Screen
  • The Charter Evidence for the Reign of King Edmund (939-46), by Alaric Trousdale
  • Changes in Patronage at Fulda: A Re-Evaluation, by Julie A. Hofmann