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From Memory to Written Record – colloquium at King’s

Wednesday, May 15th, 2013

Sophie Ambler writes:

Members of the project team attended a colloquium on 14 May celebrating the third edition of Michael Clanchy’s seminal book, From Memory to Written Record: England 1066-1307. Organised by Julia Crick (King’s), the colloquium was held at King’s Maughan Library. The Maughan is the former home of the Public Record Office, where Michael undertook his doctoral work editing the Berkshire eyre of 1248 that inspired From Memory. In this new edition, Michael has rewritten the first chapter ‘Memories and Myths of the Norman Conquest’ to present a ‘maximum view’ of Anglo-Saxon literacy, on which Bruce O’ Brien (Mary Washington University) reflected in his talk ‘From Memory to Written Record in scholarship on Medieval England’. Speakers also included Anna Adamska (Universiteit Utrecht), who spoke on ‘Continental excursions into pragmatic literacy, literate mentalities and beyond’, as well as Hilde de Weerdt (King’s) who gave ‘reflections on From Memory from the perspective of Song dynasty history’, and Filippo de Vivo (Birkbeck) who talked about ‘Michael Clanchy and the archive: considerations form early modern Italy’. Stephen Baxter (King’s) also brought news, hot off the press, of an exciting discovery recently made about Exon Domesday, in which a stain has been found that indicates a spear placed across two leaves, apparently in a symbolic act. This relates to Michael’s work on the symbolic use of knives in land transactions in From Memory. Research is underway to date the stain, so no doubt we will hear more in due course.

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Photo, left to right:
Alice Taylor (King’s), Hilde de Weerdt (King’s), Filippo de Vivo (Birkbeck), Stephen Baxter (King’s), Michael Clanchy (IHR), Bruce O’Brien (Mary Washington University), Anna Adamska (Universiteit Utrecht), Julia Crick (King’s).