The Durham Liber Vitae and its Context

The Durham Liber Vitae and its Context

Edited by David Rollason, A. J. Piper, Margaret Harvey

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Overview

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The several thousand names recorded here cast light on how the church in Northumbria interacted with contemporary lay and ecclesiastical society over six hundred years.
The Durham Liber Vitae (London, British Library, MS Cotton Domitian A. vii) is one of seven surviving libri memoriales from the Carolingian period, and the only English example of its date. The book, which has been notably little studied, contains several thousand names of persons associated with a Northumbrian church, probably Lindisfarne, but possibly Monkwearmouth/Jarrow. From around 1100, it was used to record the names of all Durham monks, as well as of many lay people; family groups also appear, especially the families of the last monks before Henry VIII dissolved the cathedral monastery in 1539. It casts considerable light on how the church interacted with contemporary lay and ecclesiastical society and in the process illuminates the basis of the church's position and its role in defining related communities and regions. Studies cover all aspects of the manuscript, its content and its context.

Contributors: ARNOLD ANGENENDT, GEOFFREY BARROW, ELIZABETH BRIGGS, JANET BURTON, JAN GERCHOW, DIETER GEUENICH, MICHAEL GULLICK, IVAN HLAVACEK, K.S.B. KEATS-ROHAN, SIMON KEYNES, JOHN S. MOORE, A.J. PIPER, LYNDA ROLLASON, R.N. SWANSON, COLIN C.G. TITE.

Details

October 2004
12 black and white, 11 line illustrations
276 pages
23.4x15.6 cm
Regions and Regionalism in History
ISBN: 9781843830603
Format: Hardback
Boydell Press
BIC DSBB, 1DBKEYD, 2AB, 4P
BISAC ART015000
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Table of Contents

The Durham Liber Vitae<\I> and Sir Robert Cotton - Colin G C Tite
The Make-Up of the Liber Vitae<\I>: The Codicology of the Manuscript - Michael Gullick
The Origins of the Durham Liber Vitae<\I> - Jan Gerchow
Nothing but Names: The Original Core of the Durham Liber Vitae <\I> - Elizabeth Briggs
The Scandinavian Personal Names in the later part of the Durham Liber Vitae<\I> - John Insley
Anglo-Norman Names Recorded in the Durham Liber Vitae - John S Moore
Scots in the Durham Liber Vitae - Geoffrey W S Barrow
The Names of the Durham Monks - Alan J Piper
The Late Medieval Non-Monastic Entries in the Durham Liber Vitae<\I> - Peter Boyle
A Survey of the Early Medieval Confraternity Books from the Continent - Dieter Geuenich
The Liber Vitae<\I> of the New Minster, Winchester - Simon Keynes
Testimonies of the Living Dead: The Martyrology-Necrology and the Necrology in the Chapter Book of Mont-Saint-Michel (Avranches, Bibliothèque municipale, MS 214)Bibliothèque municipale, MS 214) - K S B Keats-Rohan
The Necrology of the Codex Gigas of Bohemia (Kungliga Biblioteket Stockholm MS A 148) - Ivan Hlavácek
How was a Confraternity Made? The Evidence of Charters - Arnold Angenendt
Commemoration and Memorialization in a Yorkshire Context - Janet Burton
Books of Brotherhood: Registering Fraternity and Confraternity in Late Medieval England - Robert N Swanson

Reviews

An exciting and stimulating collection of essays. TOEBI NEWSLETTER
Of great importance both in a local, and in a wider European, context. (...) An admirable and well-edited volume. NORTHERN HISTORY
Never before have questions long associated with the Durham Liber vitae been explored with such coherence. (...) This collection succeeds brilliantly in showing how massed studies of regional particularities can be made to contribute to general understandings of important historical and social questions. (A) splendid collection. JOURNAL of ECCLESIASTICAL HISTORY

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