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People, Texts and Artefacts: Cultural Transmission in the Medieval Norman Worlds

This volume is based on two international conferences held in 2013 and 2014 at Ariano Irpino, and at Emmanuel College, Cambridge. It contains essays by leading scholars in the field. Like the conferences, the volume seeks to enhance interdisciplinary and international dialogue between those who work on the Normans and their conquests in northern and southern Europe in an original way. It has as its central theme issues related to cultural transfer, treated as being of a pan-European kind across the societies that the Normans conquered and as occurring within the distinct societies of the northern and southern conquests. These issues are also shown to be an aspect of the interaction between the Normans and the peoples they subjugated, among whom many then settled.

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Table of Contents

Introduction David Bates and Elisabeth van Houts 1. Harness pendants and the rise of armory John Baker 2. The transmission of medical culture in the Norman worlds c.1050–c.1250 Elma Brenner 3. Towards a critical edition of Petrus de Ebulo’s De Balneis Puteolanis : new hypotheses Teofilo De Angelis 4. A Latin school in the Norman principality of Antioch Edoardo D’Angelo 5. Culti e agiografie d’età normanna in Italia meridionale Amalia Galdi 6. The landscape of Anglo-Norman England: chronology and cultural transmission Robert Liddiard 7. The medieval archives of the abbey of S. Trinità, Cava G. A. Loud 8. Écrire la conquête: une comparaison des récits de Guillaume de Poitiers et de Geoffroi Malaterra Marie-Agnès Lucas-Avenel 9. Bede’s legacy in William of Malmesbury and Henry of Huntingdon Alheydis Plassmann 10. The transformation of Norman charters in the twelfth century Daniel Power 11. Corpora and cultural transmission? Political uses of the body in Norman texts, 1050–1150 Patricia Skinner 12. Homage in the Latin chronicles of eleventh- and twelfth-century Normandy Alice Taylor 13. Weights and measures in the Norman-Swabian kingdom of Sicily Mario Rosario Zecchino

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