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Haskins Society Virtual Conference

 Call for Papers

Haskins Society Virtual Conference

31 October – 1 November 1, 2020

Because of the extreme uncertainty and significant travel restrictions resulting from Covid-19, the Council of the Haskins Society decided to host this year’s annual conference online. This new format has led us to concentrate the conference on two days rather than our usual three, and to host conference activities in a narrower range of time during each day so that members in a variety of different time zones may participate. While we will miss the opportunities to meet and discuss in person, we are also excited to explore the possibilities of this online context. We look forward to the intellectual exchange and opportunities to meet and support young scholars.

The Haskins Society invites proposals for presentations on any topic related to the history and cultures of peoples in northwest Europe in the early and central middle ages, and their encounters with societies in the Mediterranean, the Baltic and the larger medieval world. The Society has a longstanding tradition of encouraging interdisciplinary exchange, and so papers from all disciplines are encouraged.

We welcome submissions of two kinds:

 15 minute papers to be presented in a traditional panel format. We will also consider submissions of complete panels (usually 3 papers and a chair);

 5-minute flash presentations concerning new research questions and projects. In this forum the focus will be on maximizing feedback, discussion, and scholarly connections.


In addition to these sessions, the Society is pleased to announce that our meeting will feature:

 A plenary address by Carl Watkins (University of Cambridge)

 A workshop on medieval manuscripts led by Lisa Fagin Davis (Medieval Academy of America)

 Professional development events

 An opportunity to connect with Haskins members and friends around the world

For all presentations, please submit a 250 word abstract and c.v. to and indicate whether your submission is for a 15-minute paper or for a 5-minute new research presentation. If you are proposing a full panel, please include these materials with a coversheet indicating the title of the panel, participants, and a brief rationale for its composition.

The deadline for all submissions is Monday, August 25, 2020.


The Denis Bethell Prize 2020

(COVID-19 edition)

The Haskins Society is delighted to announce the continuation of the Bethell Prize this year despite the interruptions to our conference schedule due to the COVID 19 crisis. Our eligibility guidelines have changed to reflect this year’s challenges. The prize is US $500 (or the sterling equivalent) and publication of a revised version of the winning paper in the Haskins Society Journal for the year when the paper was presented. (Following standard academic practice, the editors of the HSJ may request that the author make further revisions prior to publication.)

All conference papers submitted and accepted by early career scholars (graduate students or non-tenured faculty), who are Haskins Society members, at any session sponsored by the Society during the 12 months of the membership calendar year are eligible – even if those conference papers could not be given because of the COVID crisis.

Besides the Haskins Society Conference itself, accepted papers for Haskins-sponsored sessions at the American Historical Association conference, the annual conference of the Medieval Academy of America, the annual International Medieval Congress at Kalamazoo, and the annual International Medieval Conference at Leeds are also eligible venues. The author of the paper must be a member of the Haskins Society. (Prospective presenters may consult the Society’s treasurer about membership; note that the Society has a special student rate.)

Please contact Laura Gathagan, the Bethell Prize Coordinator, for details. (


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Battle Conference 2020

The Battle Conference for Anglo-Norman Studies 2020: a virtual ‘workshop’: Friday July 24th 2020 – hold the date!

It was a great shame that the 2020 Battle Conference, due to be hosted at the magnificent John Rylands Library at Manchester, had to be cancelled due to Covid 19. Initially, the Allen Brown Memorial Trust decided against attempting to hold the conference virtually, but in the last couple of months, the scholarly community has got used to virtual events, in the absence of any other, and we have decided to hold a slimmed-down virtual Battle 2020 after all. The Trust is very grateful to Dr Charles Insley of Manchester University who has offered to host it on the Manchester University platform. Virtual Battle 2020 will take place on the afternoon of Friday 24th July, between 3pm and 6pm British Summer Time. Some of the original speakers will not be able to take part, but we are delighted that seven of them will be able to, and have agreed to present very condensed versions of their original papers in a sort of virtual workshop.

Programme (final details to be confirmed):

3pm. Brief welcome: Professor Emeritus Lindy Grant, Chair Allen Brown Memorial Trust.

Followed by three 15 minute papers and a short discussion:

Prof. Rick Barton (University of North Carolina), ‘Distraint, Interdict, and the Inquest: Competing Lordships in Early Thirteenth-Century Le Mans’

Dr Gabriele Passabi (Cambridge: Proxime Accessit of the Marjorie Chibnall Essay Prize) ‘Fitting the missing tile’: universal chronicle-writing and the construction of the Galfridian past in the Continuatio Ursicampina

Dr Max Lieberman (University of Zurich), ‘Knightings in the twelfth and thirteenth centuries: a new approach’

4pm Virtual tea-break

4.30: Chair: Professor Stephen Church, Director, Battle Conference

Four 15 minute papers followed by discussion: to finish at 6pm:

Dr Gareth Williams, (The Christine Mahaney Memorial Lecture) ‘The coinage of Harold II in the light of the Chew Valley hoard’

Dr Hannah Boston (Winner of the Marjorie Chibnall Essay Prize): ‘Change and continuity: multiple lordship in post-Conquest England’

Dr Charlie Insley (University of Manchester), ‘Between the Ribble and the Mersey: Lancashire before Lancashire and the Irish Sea World’

Prof. Laura Gathagan (SUNY Cortland), ‘Audi Israel: Pentecost, apostolic authority and the royal inauguration of Mathilda of Flanders’

Registration will be free, and will be through the University of Manchester website. We look forward to welcoming you to this virtual event, which will, we hope, provide intellectual stimulation and virtual collegiality in this time of plague, and will act as an appetiser for the 43rd volume of Anglo-Norman Studies which will appear in time for the next – and actual – Battle Conference.

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Colloque « Norman Connections »- Mannheim 15-17 octobre 2020

Tagung/conference “Norman Connections – Normannische Verflechtungen zwischen Skandinavien und dem Mittelmeer“


15.-17. Oktober 2020

Veranstaltungsort: Reiss-Engelhorn-Museen Mannheim, Florian-Waldeck-Saal

La dynamique de l’interconnectivité médiévale peut être particulièrement bien observée en étudiant les Normands, qui se caractérisaient par une mobilité et une adaptabilité élevées. La diversité historique et culturelle de l’histoire normande, liée aux questions d’identité et d’appartenance, et sujette à des changements constants, fait des Normands un sujet particulièrement pertinent sur ces questions. Cette conférence vise à apporter un éclairage nouveau sur l’interaction entre la mobilité physique, les échanges culturels et l’intégration sociale.

Cette rencontre  prépare également le terrain pour une grande exposition qui sera présentée au Reiss-Engelhorn-Museen Mannheim (18.09.2022 – 26.02.2023) ainsi qu’à Rouen et Caen (printemps – automne 2023) sur «Les Normands ».

Die Vernetzungsdynamiken des europäischen Mittelalters lassen sich besonders gut an den Normannen verfolgen. Ihre kulturelle Vielfalt und Adaptionsfähigkeit, die in Beziehung zu Identitätsfragen und geographischer Verortung stand und ständigem Wandel unterworfen waren, verleihen ihrer Erforschung besondere Relevanz. Das Spannungsverhältnis zwischen physischer Mobilität, kultureller Verflechtung und sozialer Integration neu zu beleuchten, ist das Ziel dieser Tagung, die zugleich der Vorbereitung einer großen Sonderausstellung an den Reiss-Engelhorn-Museen Mannheim (18.09.2022 – 26.02.2023) sowie in Rouen und Caen (Frühjahr – Herbst 2023) dient: „Die Normannen“.

The dynamics of medieval interconnectedness can be observed particularly well by studying the Normans, who were characterised by high mobility and adaptability. The historical and cultural diversity of Norman history, which relates to questions of identity and belonging and was subject to constant change, make the Normans a topic of particular relevance. This conference aims at shedding new light on the interplay between physical mobility, cultural exchange and social integration.

At the same time, it prepares the ground for a major exhibition that will be presented in the Reiss-Engelhorn-Museen Mannheim (18.09.2022 – 26.02.2023) as well as in Rouen and Caen (Spring – Autumn 2023): “The Normans”.

DONNERSTAG, 15. Oktober 2020 13:30 Eröffnung / opening

13:30-14:15: Alfried Wieczorek (Mannheim): Grußwort, Nikolas Jaspert (Heidelberg): Einführung

14:15-14:45: Viola Skiba (Mannheim), Eröffnungsvortrag: Das Ausstellungsprojekt Die Normannen. Eine Geschichte von Mobilität, Eroberung und Innovation

Sektion I: Jenseits der Ostsee: von Nordmännern zu Normannen und Warägern

Sektionsleitung/Chair: Michail A. Bojcov (Moskau)

14:45-15:30: Charlotte Hedenstierna-Jonson (Uppsala), Farmer, trader, raider, ruler: society and people of the eastern Viking World

15:30-16:00: Kaffeepause / Coffee break

16:00-16:45: Christian Lübke (Leipzig), Mobilität und Kontinuität: Die Rus’-Waräger und die Entstehung der Kiever Rus’

16:45-17:30: Georgios Theotokis (Istanbul), The operational role of the Varangians in the Byzantine Empire

18:00: Öffentlicher Abendvortrag/Public lecture – Museum Weltkulturen D5 / Anna-Reiß-Saal

 Simek (Bonn), Von Wikingern zu Normannen

FREITAG, 16. Oktober 2020

Sektion II: Normannische Herrschaft im Nordseeraum

Sektionsleitung/Chair: Pierre Bauduin (Caen)

09:00-09:45: Jean-Marie Levesque / Benedicte Guillot (Caen), Fondation dynastique et résidence princière au coeur de l’Empire normand : le château de Caen, nouvelles découvertes, nouveaux questionnements

09:45-10:30: Michael Lewis (London/Reading), The Bayeux Tapestry as a source for understanding the Norman Conquest of England in 1066

10:30-11:00: Kaffeepause / Coffee break

11:00-11:45: Stephen Baxter (Oxford), The Domesday Survey: Mobility and Innovation in Early Conquered England

11:45-12:30: Elisabeth van Houts (Cambridge), Elite women, power and rulership in Normandy and England c.1000-c.1150

12:30-14:30: Mittagspause / lunch break

Sektion III: Die Etablierung einer mediterranen Herrschaft: Süditalien und Sizilien

Sektionsleitung/Chair: Ruggero Longo (Rom/Palermo)

14:30- 15:15: Rosa Fiorillo (Salerno), The Normans in South Italy. The contribution of archaeology

15:15-16:00: Amalia Galdi (Salerno), Le unioni matrimoniali come strategia d’integrazione normanna

16:00-16:30: Kaffeepause / Coffee break

16:30-17:15: Theresa Jäckh (Konstanz), Transculturality revisited: coexistence and conflict in Norman Sicily

17:15-18:00: Giovanni Travagliato (Palermo), Odo di Bayeux tra Normandia, Inghilterra e Palermo. Nuove considerazioni sulla sua sepoltura

18:00-18:45: Alheydis Plassmann (Bonn), Shifting identities. The Normans and the perception of the Norman gens

18:45-19:30: Ruggero Longo / Francesca Anzelmo (Rom), Impulsvortrag/ impulse lecture, Reviewing Art in Norman Sicily. From Creation to Communication

SAMSTAG, 17. Oktober 2020

Sektion IV: Das Mittelmeer als normannischer Aktionsraum

Sektionsleitung/Chair: Jeremy Johns (Oxford)

09:00-09:45: Annliese Nef (Paris), The imperiality of Norman Sicily and its Islamic dimension

09:45-10:30: Lamia Hadda (Florenz), Architetture di tradizione fatimide e ziride nella Sicilia normanna (X-XII secolo)

10:30-11:00: Kaffeepause / Coffee break

11:00-11:45: Wolf Zöller (Heidelberg), St. Michael, St. Peter and the Holy Sepulchre. A Socio-Religious Approach to Norman Presence in the Eastern Mediterranean, ca. 1000-1300

11:45:12:30: Lucas Villegas-Aristizábal (Hailsham), Norman Holy Warriors and Settlers in the North-Eastern Frontier of the Iberian Peninsula (1087-1130)

12:30-13:00: Bernd Schneidmüller (Heidelberg): Schlussworte und Abschlussdiskussion



Museum Zeughaus C5

68159 Mannheim

Infobüro: +49(0)621-293.3150

Fax: +49(0)621-293.2138

Due to the restrictions related to the Coronavirus pandemic, the number of participants is limited and participation is only possible after prior registration.

Please send your  registration until September 30, 2020 to the following address:

To see the flyer of the conference click here

Le chartrier de l’abbaye de la Trinité de Fécamp, résumé de la thèse de M. Bloche

Résumé de la thèse Le chartrier de l’abbaye de la Trinité de Fécamp :

étude et édition critique, 928/929 – 1190 ; postérité du fonds


(Image de fond de titre : Acte de Richard II pour Fécamp, 30 mai 1006, Rouen, Archives départementales de Seine-Maritime, 1 NUM 316 (1), recto. Collection Musée du Palais Bénédictine, Fécamp, Inv. 1/1 (Engel 2). Scripta n° 264).


Thèse de doctorat soutenue par Michaël Bloche le 10 décembre 2019, Université de Caen Normandie, devant un jury composé de Véronique Gazeau (dir.), Pierre Bauduin (co-dir.), Nicholas Vincent (rapporteur), Benoît-Michel Tock (rapporteur), Laurent Morelle, Olivier Guyotjeannin et Elisabeth Lalou (présidente), 3 vol. (i – 478 p. – ; ii – 700 p. – ; iii – 348 p.).



Richard Ier, duc de Normandie, fonda à Fécamp, en 990, une collégiale, vite transformée en abbaye bénédictine en 1001 par son fils Richard II. Fécamp était alors l’une des capitales du duché, et l’abbaye, dans l’enceinte du palais, fut longtemps une nécropole ducale. Richement doté, le monastère devint une des abbayes bénédictines les plus importantes du duché et même au-delà. Pionnier dans le domaine de l’écrit, son scriptorium produisit les plus anciennes annales, le plus ancien nécrologe, le plus ancien livre du chapitre et l’un des plus anciens cartulaires connus en Normandie. C’est pourquoi il a dès le xviie siècle attiré l’attention d’immenses historiens et érudits tels que Jean Mabillon et Étienne Baluze, ou plus récemment Charles H. Haskins, Jean-François Lemarignier ou Lucien Musset. Continuer la lecture de Le chartrier de l’abbaye de la Trinité de Fécamp, résumé de la thèse de M. Bloche

Ad Petri de Vineis Epistolas critice edendas

Responsables du projet/Project leaders : Edoardo D’Angelo ( )


Établissements principaux/Main institutions : CESN (Centro Europeo di Studi Normanni, Ariano Irpino) ; SISMEL (Società Internazionale per lo Studio del Medioevo Latino) ; Letteratura Latina Medievale, Università degli Studi di Napoli Suor Orsola Benincasa – facoltà di Lettere


Description :

Il cosiddetto Epistolario di Pier della Vigna costituisce senz’altro uno dei monumenti della letteratura latina medievale. Opera di uno dei personaggi più importanti, non solo in quanto scrittore, ma soprattutto in quanto pensatore ed uomo politico, dell’Europa del sec. XIII, esso rappresenta una fonte inestimabilmente ricca e profonda per la ricostruzione della cultura “sveva” in Italia meridionale.

Ciononostante, la raccolta di lettere che va sotto il suo nome giace ancora, incredibilmente, in uno stato ecdotico che può essere definito senz’ombra di dubbio embrionale: si è fermi, infatti, all’edizione settecentesca dell’Iselius (Petri de Vineis iudicis aulici et cancellarii Frederici II. Imp. Epistolarum … libri VI, (Ed. Johannes Rudolphus Iselius Basileae 1740), basata su un numero irrilevante di testimoni, perlatro non tutti oggi perfettamente identificabili.

L’ampiezza enorme della tradizione manoscritta (oltre 250 codici), e soprattutto la complessità delle problematiche teoriche relative all’impostazione dell’edizione critica hanno finora verosimilmente scoraggiato gli studiosi dall’intraprendere concretamente l’iniziativa.

Il CESN intende dunque portare avanti tale difficile e arduo percorso, a tal fine ha costituito un gruppo di lavoro che sta procedendo all’acquisizione di materiali e bibliografia.

Il lavoro è cominciato partendo dalle lettere contenute in quello che nell’edizione Iselius è il “IV libro”, alla fine del 2011 si prevede la pubblicazione del primo volume; l’opera si svilupperà in sei volumi.


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Carteggio Gregorio IX – Federico II

Responsables du projet/Project leaders : Ortensio Zecchino e Edoardo D’Angelo


Établissements principaux/Main institutions : CESN (Centro Europeo di Studi Normanni, Ariano Irpino)


Description :

Il carteggio Gregorio-Federico – meritevole di un’edizione che, completando, emendando e unificando l’opera parziale degli editori tra Seicento e Ottocento, ne consenta una lettura aggiornata e organica – è una straordinaria testimonianza non solo su due grandi protagonisti del XIII secolo, ma sul clima politico, culturale e spirituale del declinante medioevo.

Le lettere, per limitarci agli editori ottocenteschi, sono solo parzialmente pubblicate nei Monumenta Germaniae Historica (Epistolae selectae saec XIII, I e Constitutiones et Acta, Legum sectio, I), e nell’Historia diplomatica Friderici secundi di J.-L.-A. Huillard-Bréholles.

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Centro Europeo di Studi Normanni (CESN)

Centro Europeo di Studi Normanni (CESN)


Description :


Il C.E.S.N. (Centro Europeo di Studi Normanni) è sorto il 07 ottobre 1991, per iniziativa di un gruppo di studiosi italiani, francesi e inglesi, al fine di promuovere attività di ricerca e formazione sulla Civiltà Normanna nell’Europa Medievale.

In questi anni il C.E.S.N. ha dato vita a molteplici attività di ricerca, formazione, divulgazione storico-scientifica, convegni di studio e pubblicazioni.


Contacts :


Via Marconi, 25

83031 Ariano Irpino (AV)

Tél. +39 0825.827952

Fax +39 0825.829815



Gianluca Tucci

+39 339.5238453

Centro di studi normanno-svevi

Centro di studi normanno-svevi – Università degli Studi « Aldo Moro »


Description :


Il Centro di Studi Normanno-Svevi, istituito presso l’Università di Bari ed eretto ente morale con D.P.R. 21 maggio 1963, «tende a promuovere e favorire (con carattere strettamente universitario) gli studi sul periodo normanno-svevo, specie per la parte riguardante la Puglia e la Lucania sotto tutti gli aspetti: letterario, storico, giuridico, economico, politico, artistico»(dall’art. I dello Statuto).

Il Centro organizza ogni due anni, dall’ottobre 1973, un Convegno internazionale, le «giornate normanno-sveve», su nodi storiografici e temi di rilievo relativi al Mezzogiorno dei secoli XI-XIII.

Allo stesso tempo il Centro intende promuovere una efficace e costante trasmissione dei risultati della ricerca scientifica (di cui gli Atti delle «giornate» costituiscono un patrimonio prezioso), sia pubblicando una «collana» di volumi, sia con seminari e conferenze rivolte anche ai non specialisti.

Il Centro si propone inoltre di istituire forme stabili di confronto anche con gli operatori della didattica e del mondo della scuola. A tal fine nel corso degli anni accademici 2005-08 il Centro ha organizzato stages sulla storia del Mezzogiorno medievale, ed in particolare sulle fonti dell’età normanna e sveva, incentrato sui risultati delle precedenti «giornate normanno-sveve».


Contacts :


Università degli Studi « Aldo Moro »

Palazzo Ateneo, piazza Umberto I, 70121 Bari

tél. +39 080-5714317 (direzione)



Pasquale Cordasco, Università di Bari


Sandro Carocci, Signorie di Mezzogiorno

Sandro Carocci, Signorie di Mezzogiorno. Società rurali, poteri aristocratici e monarchia (XII-XIII secolo), Roma (Viella) 2014.


Résumé/abstract :


Qual era il vero volto della signoria nel Mezzogiorno italiano? Cosa può apportare il Sud alle grandi discussioni sul feudalesimo e sui poteri aristocratici, sulla loro struttura e sulla loro evoluzione, sul loro impatto economico e sociale? Che contributo può venire dal Regno di Sicilia agli studi sulla dialettica che avveniva fra sovrani, nobiltà e società contadine? E poi, lo studio dei poteri signorili e delle società rurali può riconfigurare le classiche tematiche meridionali dell’arretratezza economica e della centralità monarchica?


Questo libro costituisce la prima analisi sistematica sulla signoria nel Mezzogiorno durante l’epoca normanno-sveva e primo-angioina. Offre nuove interpretazioni sul potere della nobiltà, sulle società rurali e sulla politica monarchica. Mostra come fra re, nobili e contadini si attuò un gioco complesso, condotto attraverso le leggi e la violenza, i rapporti feudali e gli investimenti economici, le discussioni sulla libertà e la servitù, lo sfruttamento di uomini e risorse naturali. I suoi protagonisti sono mondi contadini dal dinamismo finora insospettato, re determinati a limitare il potere aristocratico, e nobili costretti ad adattare la propria signoria alla forza delle società rurali e della politica monarchica. Ne esce un Mezzogiorno finora sconosciuto, vitale e articolato, la cui lettura permette di comprendere meglio non solo le vicende del meridione, ma quelle di molte altre regioni.



Kathryn Hurlock, Paul Oldfield. ed. Crusading and Pilgrimage in the Norman World

Kathryn Hurlock, Paul Oldfield. ed. Crusading and Pilgrimage in the Norman World. Woodbridge: Boydell Press, 2015.


Résumé/abstract :


The reputation of the Normans is rooted in warfare, faith and mobility. They were simultaneously famed as warriors, noted for their religious devotion, and celebrated as fearless travellers. In the Middle Ages few activities offered a better conduit to combine warfare, religiosity, and movement than crusading and pilgrimage. However, while scholarship is abundant on many facets of the Norman world, it is a surprise that the Norman relationship with crusading and pilgrimage, so central in many ways to Norman identity, has hitherto not received extensive treatment.

The collection here seeks to fill this gap. It aims to identify what was unique or different about the Normans and their relationship with crusading and pilgrimage, as well as how and why crusade and pilgrimage were important to the Normans. Particular focus is given to Norman participation in the First Crusade, to Norman interaction in later crusading initiatives, to the significance of pilgrimage in diverse parts of the Norman world, and finally to the ways in which crusading and pilgrimage were recorded in Norman narrative. Ultimately, this volume aims to assess, in some cases to confirm, and in others to revise the established paradigm of the Normans as crusaders par excellence and as opportunists who used religion to serve other agendas.


Dr Kathryn Hurlock is Senior Lecturer in Medieval History at Manchester Metropolitan University; Dr Paul Oldfield is Lecturer in Medieval History at the University of Manchester.


Contributors: Andrew Abram, William M. Aird, Emily Albu, Joanna Drell, Leonie Hicks, Natasha Hodgson, Kathryn Hurlock, Alan V. Murray, Paul Oldfield, David S. Spear, Lucas Villegas-Aristizábal.



Julia Becker, Documenti latini e greci del conte Ruggero I di Calabria e Sicilia

Julia Becker, Documenti latini e greci del conte Ruggero I di Calabria e Sicilia. Edizione critica, Ricerche dell’Istituto Storico Germanico di Roma 9, Roma 2013.


Résumé/abstract :

Dopo la conquista della Calabria meridionale e della Sicilia (fine dell’ XI secolo), il conte Ruggero I si concentrò sul consolidamento del potere all’interno dei propri domini. Attraverso la riorganizzazione dell’amministrazione e delle strutture ecclesiastiche Ruggero pose le basi per lo sviluppo della monarchia normanna nel Mezzogiorno.


Nonostante la sua importanza storica mancavano finora una raccolta e un’edizione critica dei documenti da lui prodotti: l’ultimo tentativo di pubblicare gran parte dei diplomi risale ai secoli XVIII-XIX. Tale situazione documentaria ha contribuito a far sí che la figura del primo conte di Sicilia sia stata oggetto di scarso interesse storiogra- fico. Il libro raccoglie per la prima volta tutti i documenti greci e latini di Ruggero, alcuni dei quali inediti. Attraverso un apparato critico e un dettagliato commento diplomatico e contenutistico di ogni documento il libro apre la strada a possibili nuovi studi sulla storia siculo-normanna.




Paul Oldfield, Sanctity and Pilgrimage in Medieval Southern Italy

Paul Oldfield, Sanctity and Pilgrimage in Medieval Southern Italy, 1000-1200. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2014.


Résumé/abstract :

Southern Italy’s strategic location at the crossroads of the Mediterranean gave it a unique position as a frontier for the major religious faiths of the medieval world, where Latin Christian, Greek Christian and Muslim communities coexisted. In this study, the first to offer a comprehensive analysis of sanctity and pilgrimage in southern Italy between 1000 and 1200, Paul Oldfield presents a fascinating picture of a politically and culturally fragmented land which, as well as hosting its own important relics as important pilgrimage centres, was a transit point for pilgrims and commercial traffic. Drawing on a diverse range of sources from hagiographical material to calendars, martyrologies, charters and pilgrim travel guides, the book examines how sanctity functioned at this key cultural crossroads and, by integrating the analysis of sanctity with that of pilgrimage, offers important new insights into society, cross-cultural interaction and faith in the region and across the medieval world.



Nef Annliese, Conquérir et gouverner la Sicile islamique aux XIe et XIIe siècles

Nef Annliese, Conquérir et gouverner la Sicile islamique aux XIe et XIIe siècles (B.E.F.A.R.), Rome, 2011.


Résumé/abstract :

Conquérant la Sicile à partir du milieu du XIe siècle, les Hauteville sont les premiers à mettre en place un gouvernement qui se définit comme chrétien et, au moins en partie, de langue latine, tout en exerçant ses prérogatives sur une population majoritairement musulmane et arabophone. Pour ce faire, ils élaborent progressivement des instruments de gouvernement, mais se font aussi les mécènes d’une production culturelle qui a suscité admiration et commentaires jusqu’à aujourd’hui.

Cet ouvrage se présente comme une enquête sur les différentes dimensions du pouvoir des Hauteville de la conquête de la Sicile à la fin du XIIe siècle (politique linguistique, construction d’un État, mécénat, mais aussi contrôle des populations et du territoire). Il vise à dé-mythifier les représentations que l’on a souvent de ce long siècle de « tolérance », mais aussi à déconstruire l’idée que l’échec de la dynastie était écrit d’avance. Il postule néanmoins que la construction « normande » en Sicile demeure originale et novatrice et qu’elle fournit des éléments de comparaison utiles à tous ceux qui analysent les situations de conquête et de gouvernement minoritaire en contexte multiculturel.



Norman Expansion

Norman Expansion. Connections, Continuities and Contrasts, éd. K.J. Stringer – A. Jotischky, Farnham, Ashgate, 2013.


Résumé/abstract :

In the eleventh and twelfth centuries the Normans had a formative influence on the development of states and societies in the British Isles, southern Italy and the Levant. Their achievements still resonate powerfully today, and represent a vital field of historical study. But how far did colonial elites define themselves as Norman, and to what extent were they categorized as such by others? What were the defining attributes of the supremacies achieved by the Normans, and by other incomers associated with them, and how decisive and diverse was the impact of their influence on local power-structures and native societies? How readily did they reach accommodations with those societies, and how might their own identities be renegotiated within the context of cross-cultural encounters? And, in terms of the progress and practices of state-formation, what was the balance between ‘old’ and ‘new’? These are some of the key questions addressed in this collection of essays, which also treats the Normans as a genuinely European phenomenon. Norman activity in the British Isles and in the Mediterranean lands receives equal coverage; and the topics explored include identities and identification, marriage policies, acculturation, the pre-existing landscapes of power and how far they were transformed, castle-building strategies, the nature of frontiers, urban government, and law and legislation. This volume therefore serves both to illustrate and to open up for fresh debate many of the salient themes concerning the Norman experience of diaspora and settlement. At the same time, it seeks to underscore how the dynamics, character and consequences of Norman expansion – and the connections, continuities and contrasts – can better be appreciated by taking the wider Norman world, or worlds, as the focus for collective study.



Narrazione, exempla, retorica

Narrazione, exempla, retorica. Studi sull’iconografia dei soffitti dipinti nel Medioevo Mediterraneo, éd. Licia Buttà, Caracol, Palermo, 2013.