Creating and curating an archive: Bury St Edmunds and its Anglo-Saxon past

Lowe, K. A. (2019) Creating and curating an archive: Bury St Edmunds and its Anglo-Saxon past. In: Jahner, J., Steiner, E. and Tyler, E. M. (eds.) Medieval Historical Writing: Britain and Ireland, 500-1500. Cambridge University Press: Cambridge, pp. 192-207. ISBN 9781316681299 (doi: 10.1017/9781316681299.012)

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This contribution explores the mechanisms by which the Benedictine foundation of Bury St Edmunds sought to legitimise and preserve their spurious pre-Conquest privileges and holdings throughout the Middle Ages. The archive is extraordinary in terms of the large number of surviving registers and cartularies which contain copies of Anglo-Saxon charters, many of which are wholly or partly in Old English. The essay charts the changing use to which these ancient documents were put in response to threats to the foundation's continued enjoyment of its liberties. The focus throughout the essay is to demonstrate how pragmatic considerations at every stage affects the development of the archive and the ways in which these linguistically challenging texts were presented, re-presented, and represented during the Abbey’s history.

Item Type:Book Sections
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Lowe, Dr Kathryn
Authors: Lowe, K. A.
Subjects:C Auxiliary Sciences of History > CD Diplomatics. Archives. Seals
D History General and Old World > D History (General) > D111 Medieval History
D History General and Old World > DA Great Britain
College/School:College of Arts > School of Critical Studies > English Language and Linguistics
Publisher:Cambridge University Press
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2019 Cambridge University Press
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