Land, Language and Memory in Europe 700–1100

  title={Land, Language and Memory in Europe 700–1100},
  author={Patrick J. Geary},
  journal={Transactions of the Royal Historical Society},
  pages={169 - 184}
  • P. Geary
  • Published 1 December 1999
  • History
  • Transactions of the Royal Historical Society
Literacy and property have been among the dominant themes of early medieval history for more than a decade. Since the work of Rosamund McKitterick, Janet Nelson and others, contrary to the assumptions of an earlier generation of scholars, scholars have recognised that die written word profoundly influenced die transmission of die past and the control of the present in early medieval Europe. This was true not only in die highest circles of ecclesiastical and royal life, but also at much more… 

Female Letter Writing and the Preservation of Family Memory in Early Modern Italy

  • M. Moran
  • History, Economics
    Early Modern Women: An Interdisciplinary Journal
  • 2011
relatives, political affairs of the city, and the economic activities of their families during the fourteenth to sixteenth centuries. Moreover, these ricor di were considered an important way to

Language and Power in the Medieval Crown of Aragon: The Rise of Vernacular Writing and Codeswitching Strategies in the Thirteenth-Century Royal Chancery

Author(s): Zaldivar, Antonio | Advisor(s): Ruiz, Teofilo F.; Dagenais, John | Abstract: My dissertation offers a case study on the relationship between language and power during a period when a

Memory and the Dissolution of the Monasteries in Early Modern England

The dissolution of the monasteries was recalled by individuals and communities alike as a seismic rupture in the religious, cultural, and socio-economic fabric of early modern England. It was also

By hand and by voice: performance of royal charters in eleventh- and twelfth-century León

In this article I examine the public granting of royal charters in eleventh- and early twelfth-century León as an event that expressed and created ideas of royal kingship and legitimacy. The charter

Kingship and Consent in Anglo-Saxon England, 871-978: Assemblies and the State in the Early Middle Ages

This engaging study focuses on the role of assemblies in later Anglo-Saxon politics, challenging and nuancing existing models of the late Anglo-Saxon state. Its ten chapters investigate both

Narrative Structures in the Works of Paul the Deacon

Paul the Deacon wrote at a time when the Regnum Langobardorum was on the cusp of downfall and attachment to the Carolingian empire. Paul?s narratives (the Historia Langobardorum in particular) have

Material culture as memory: combs and cremation in early medieval Britain

This paper argues that mortuary practices can be understood as ‘techno‐logies of remembrance’. The frequent discovery of combs in early medieval cremation burials can be explained by their mnemonic

Llywarch Hen’s Dyke: Place and Narrative in Early Medieval Wales

Dykes must have been important features within the early medieval landscape, but scarcely attract more than cursory discussion in archaeological literature focused on Wales and western Britain.

Dense Local Knowledge: Grounding Local to Supralocal Relationships in Tenth-Century Castile

A major topic for this volume is to study the bi-directional nature of the relationship between localities and larger-scale social processes. Whilst top-down agency is more readily apparent in our



The Uses of Literacy in Early Mediaeval Europe

List of illustrations Contributors Preface Abbreviations Introduction Rosamond McKitterick 1. Literacy in Ireland: the evidence of the Patrick dossier in the Book of Armagh Jane Stevenson 2.

Literacy and Violence in Twelfth-Century Bavaria: The "Murder Letter" of Count Siboto IV

"Literacy and Violence in Twelfth-Century Bavaria: The 'Murder Letter' of Count Siboto IV." This article examines a letter preserved on the penultimate folio of the Codex Falkensteinensis, the

Medieval Texts and the Two Theories of Oral-Formulaic Composition: A Proposal for a Third Theory*

T HE oral-formulaic theory of epic composition, as it was first propounded by Milman Parry and Albert B. Lord, has frequently been applied to various forms of medieval literature.1 Criticism of such

Listening for the Text: On the Uses of the Past.

Preface Acknowledgments Introduction: Orality, Literacy, and the Sense of the Past Ch. 1. History, Literature, Textuality Ch. 2. Medieval Literacy, Linguistic Theory, and Social Organization Ch. 3.

The Settlement of Disputes in Early Medieval Europe

List of figures Preface Abbreviations Introduction 1. Disputes in late fifth- and sixth-century Gaul: some problems Ian Wood 2. 'Placita' and the settlement of disputes in later Merovingian Francia

Sociolinguistic aspects of Old English colour lexemes

This paper presents an experimental attempt to investigate the social contexts of certain Old English vocabulary belonging to a particular semantic field, namely that of colour. Sociolinguistic