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The fortieth Battle Conference on Anglo-Norman Studies took place from Thursday 20th July to Monday 24th July in Paris, where several distinguished medievalists and their institutions provided us with a warm welcome and splendid hospitality. Profound thanks are due to Professor Mathieu Arnoux at the Université Paris-Diderot and the École des Hautes Études des Sciences Sociales, who was in charge of the overall academic organisation of lectures and visits. His task was not unlike that of a medieval royal court steward who made sure that our itinerant conference each day reached its different location for lectures and meals. He also hosted the wonderful conference dinner in a Jugendstil restaurant. He was efficiently assisted by Dr Isabelle Bretthauer. We are also immensely grateful to Professor Dominique Barthélemy of the Université Paris-Sorbonne and the Institut Universitaire de France as our host at the Sorbonne on the Saturday, which was especially opened up for the delegates’ lunch. Professeur Jean-François Cottier of the Université Paris-Diderot provided invaluable preparatory assistance but due to illness was unfortunately unable to attend the conference. More happily, Dr Fanny Madeline (Fondation Thiers) was willing and able to take his place at the very last minute. The Allen Brown Memorial lecture by Professor Nicholas Vincent was given on the Thursday at the Institut de Recherches et d'Histoire des Textes in the Salle Jeanne Vieillard where the director, François Bougard, hosted a lavish reception. We thank him most warmly. The Director of the Institut d’Études Avancées, Professor Gretty Mirdal, allowed us the use of the splendid eighteenth-century Hôtel de Lauzun on the Quai d'Anjou on the Friday, and the Director of the Collège Franco-Britannique in the Cité internationale universitaire de Paris, Professor François Brunet, welcomed us there on the Monday. We acknowledge our sincerest debt to both of them. The Sunday was reserved for an informative tour of Paris under the expert guidance of Professor Lindy Grant (University of Reading) with visits to two important medieval churches. At Saint Denis we were fortunate in receiving additional guidance from Eliott Boulate, who allowed us exceptional access to the Saint Denis lapidarium and its magnificent lavabo of c. 1200.
The wide-ranging articles collected here represent the cutting edge of recent Anglo-Norman scholarship. Topics include English kingship, legends of the Battle of Bouvines, ideas of empire, the practicalities of child kingship, and female rulership in Brittany. The volume continues in its proud tradition of source analysis: there are studies of northern French urban franchises, and Norman charters and a logistical take on the making of the Domesday Book, while narrative sources are represented in the vernacular by a study of Herman of Valenciennes' Bible and in Latin by the historiography of Robert of Torigni and Ralph Niger. Further contributions focus on the twelfth-century ecclesiastical officers Abbot Peter the Venerable and Archbishop Thomas Becket, and the volume is completed with an analysis of the concept of economic resources with respect to Normandy.
The Gesta Normannorum ducum and Historia ecclesiastica of Orderic Vitalis are widely regarded as landmarks in the development of European historical writing and, as such, are essential sources of medieval history for students and scholars alike. The essays here consider Orderic's life and works, presenting new research on existing topics within Orderic studies and opening up new directions for future analysis and debate. They offer fresh interpretations from across the disciplines of medieval manuscript studies, English-language studies, archaeology, theology, and cultural memorystudies; they also revisit established readings.
Charles C. Rozier gained his PhD from the University of Durham; Daniel Roach gained his PhD from the University of Exeter; Giles E.M. Gasper is Senior Lecturer in History, University of Durham; Elizabeth van Houts is Honorary Professor of Medieval European History, University of Cambridge.
Contributors: William M. Aird, Emily Albu, James G. Clark, Vincent Debiais, Mark Faulkner, Giles E. M. Gasper, Véronique Gazeau, Estelle Ingrand-Varenne, Elisabeth Mégier, Thomas O'Donnell, Benjamin Pohl, Daniel Roach, Thomas Roche, Charles C. Rozier, Sigbjrn Olsen Snnesyn, Kathleen Thompson, Elisabeth van Houts, Anne-Sophie Vigot, Jenny Weston