Women do not sit as Judges, or do they? The office of Judge in Vincentius Bellovacensis’ Speculum

Vincent of Beauvais (Vincentius Bellovacensis)

It was Charles Homer Haskins (1870-1936) who coined the expression “Renaissance of the twelfth century”. Before him this expression referred more specifically to the Italian Renaissance of the fifteenth century as nineteenth century Swiss historian Jakob Burckhardt put it.

Was Theoderic a Great Builder?

Brick with the emblem of Theodoric, found in the temple of Vesta, Rome. It reads "+REG(nante) D(omino) N(ostro) THEODE/RICO [b]O[n]O ROM(a)E", which translates as With our master Theodoric the Good reigning in Rome [this brick was made].

Or was he a great recycler?

The Knighting of Henry, son of William the Conqueror, in 1086

William the Conqueror

This paper was part of SESSION VIII: Power & Politics in the Long Twelfth Century, at the Haskins Conference at Boston College.

Death on the Dorset Ridgeway: a Viking Murder Mystery

Death on the Dorset Ridgeway: a Viking Murder Mystery - photo courtesy Dorset County Council

Angela Boyle recounts the extraordinary archaeological discovery made in the summer of 2009 in Dorset in southwest England.

Customs and Lordship in Greater-Anjou

Double monastery - England

This is another Haskins conference paper from SESSION VI: Lordship. This paper focused on monasteries, changes in lordship and expectations between the lord and the monastery.

Excusing the Inexcusable: Abbots Who Diminish the Patrimony, and the Monks Who Love Them Anyway

Ely_Cathedral (by_John_Buckler)

This paper was part of the fantastic SESSION IV: Abbots between Ideals and Institutions, 10th–12th Centuries. This paper focused on the writing about abbots during the tumultuous period of Stephen’s reign.

Death as a Symbolic Arena: Abbatial Leadership, Episcopal Authority and the “Ostentatious Death” of Richard of Saint Vanne

Benedictine monks

This is another paper from Haskins in: SESSION IV: Abbots between Ideals and Institutions, 10th–12th Centuries. This paper talks about Abbot Richard of Verdun and the politics, and ritual surrounding his death.

Abbot Majolus of Cluny, Ambassador to the Dead

Majolus of Cluny

This paper was part of a intriguing session on monasticism entitled: SESSION IV: Abbots between Ideals and Institutions, 10th–12th Centuries. Here, we meet the unsung hero of Cluny’s early history, Abbot Majolus.

“Engineers of the Angevin Empire (1154-1242)”

Medieval builder

This paper was also featured in SESSION III: The Medieval Experience of Siege at the Haskins conference. It explained the importance and contributions of Angevin engineers during the twelfth century.

SESSION III: The Medieval Experience of Siege

Medieval warhorse

These are two papers from SESSION III: The Medieval Experience of Siege given at Boston College’s Haskin’s Conference. The first paper examined knightly interaction during sieges and the second paper delved into the actions of the besieged and besiegers during times of war.

“The Self and the Other: Migration and Ethnicity in Late Anglo-Saxon England”

Anglo-Saxon village

This paper was part of the session: SESSION II: Who Do They Think They Are? and dealt with Anglo-Saxon migration, names and charters.

“How Could You Recognise a Member of the Merchant Guild in Saint-Omer around 1100?”

Medieval guild 2

This is another summary of a Haskins conference paper given in the session entitled: SESSION II: Who Do They Think They Are?. It deals with the customs of the guild of Saint-Omer

The Medievalverse – Boston 2012 – Day 2

The Medievalverse

Our second day at Boston focused exclusively on The Haskins Society Conference – we talk about some of our favourite papers of the day.

Christian Living Explained: Alcuin’s De virtutibus et vitiis liber in a Carolingian Instructional Manual

Alcuin of York

Another paper from the yesterday’s SESSION I: Lived Religion in the Middle Ages. This paper focused on Alcuin of York’s contribution to the standardisation of Carolingian Christian texts for pastoral instruction.

“Kings as Catechumens: Royal Conversion Narratives and Easter in the Historia Ecclesiastica” by Carolyn Twomey (Boston College)

King Edwin of Northumbria

This is the first paper from the Haskins Conference at Boston College – it focused on Bede’s narratives of Royal conversion.

The Medievalverse – Boston 2012 – Day 1

The Medievalverse

We are in Boston, Massachusetts to cover two history conferences: The Haskins Society Conference and the 38th Byzantine Studies Conference.

HASKINS CONFERENCE: Hagiography at the Frontiers: Jocelin of Furness and his Near Contemporaries

Furness Abbey

This paper focuses on the writing of Cistercian Jocelin of Furness.

HASKINS CONFERENCE: Anonymous Vaticanus: Another Source for the Normans in the South?

Norman Castle of Melfi

This paper focused on sources detailing the Norman Conquest of Sicily.

HASKINS CONFERENCE:The Genesis and Argument of Henry of Huntingdon’s Historia Anglorum

Historia Anglorum

Was Henry pro-English, or Pro-Norman?

HASKINS CONFERENCE: Public and Private Audiences: Reflections on the Anglo-Saxon Archive of Bury St. Edmunds Abbey in Suffolk

Abbeygate in Bury St Edmunds

This paper focused on the Anglo-Saxon writs, and charters of Bury St. Edmunds.

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