New data on Abbess Emma

The apse of the current (Romanesque) church of Sant Joan de les Abadesses

My first and lonely appearance in academic print was an article in Early Medieval Europe about a count’s daughter whom he put in charge of a new abbey he’d founded on more-or-less unclaimed frontier lands in Catalonia. The documents preserved from the abbey tell us quite a lot about how she went about taking over the area and integrating the abbey into the community, and if you want to read what I wrote about it it’s been long enough now that I’m allowed to have it online. She seems to have been a fairly forceful woman.

The advantage that version will give you, too, is that its footnotes aren’t full of typoes and misreadings of my proof corrections, which the print version unfortunately was. But up until recently I’d figured that, really, no-one would be following those up, and so it didn’t matter that they were often botched or even that there were quite a few charters I missed.

Then a short while ago I was contacted by one Nathaniel Lane Taylor, whose name I knew vaguely from footnotes but who now put me to shame by saying how pleased he was that someone was paying attention to Emma, and by asking if I’d seen his publication of one of the two surviving charters she actually signed herself. And of course I hadn’t, even though it was out well before I started the Ph.D. in the course of which I wrote the paper.

So having now integrated that in my files, it seemed to me that one use for this blog thing was to occasionally update my work. I figure that at some point soon I ought to mount an actual page here about Abbess Emma, but for the moment at least I can provide what I believe, perhaps fondly, is an up-to-date list of the documents in which she occurs. And it is like this.

  • Prosper de Bofarull y Mascaró, Los Condes de Barcelona Vindicados, y Cronología y Genealogía de los Reyes de España considerados como Soberianos Independientes de su Marca. Tomo I: abraza los siete primeros, desde el año 874 al 1035 (Barcelona 1836, repr. 1990), pp. 88-90 (the will of her brother Count Miró, for more on which you can read Nat’s paper)
  • C. Devic, J. Vaissete, Histoire Générale de Languedoc avec les Notes et les Pièces Justificatives. Édition accompagnée de dissertations et actes nouvelles, contenant le recueil des inscriptions de la province antiques et du moyen âge, des planches, des cartes géographiques et des vues des monuments, rev. E. Mabille, E. Barry, E. Roschach & A. Molinier & ed. M. E. Dulaurier, Vol. V (Toulouse 1875, repr. Osnabrück 1973), Preuves: Chartes et Documents no. 32 (Church council in which the bishops of the province promise her house protection)
  • A. Fabregà i Grau (ed.), Diplomatari de la Catedral de Barcelona: documents dels anys 844-1260. Volum I: documents dels anys 844-1000, Fonts Documentals 1 (Barcelona 1995), doc. no. 7
  • E. Junyent i Subirà (ed.), El Diplomatari de la Catedral de Vic, segles IX i X, ed. R. Ordeig i Mata (Vic 1980-1996), 5 fascs, doc. nos 55, 114, 117 & 166
  • R. Ordeig i Mata (ed.), Catalunya Carolíngia IV: els comtats de Osona i Manresa, Memòries de la Secció Històrico-Arqueòlogica LIII (Barcelona 1999), 3 vols, doc. nos. 35, 119, 120, 192, 346, 419, 441, 645 & X; this also contains many of the documents from Junyent above and Udina below, but not quite all and Udina’s palæographical notes are indispensable. See also S. Sobrequés i Vidal, S. Riera i Viader & M. Rovira i Solà (edd.), Catalunya Carolíngia V: els comtats de Girona, Besalú, Empúries i Peralada, ed. R. Ordeig i Mata, Memòries de la Secció Històrico-Arqueològica LXI (Barcelona 2003), 2 vols, which has some more of Udina’s documents in it and may be on shelves where his work is not
  • M. Rovira, “Un bisbe d’Urgell del segle X: Radulf” in Urgellia: anuari d’estudis històrics dels antics comtats de Cerdanya, Urgell i Pallars, d’Andorra i la Vall d’Aran Vol. 3 (Montserrat 1980), pp. 167-184, ap. 12
  • F. Udina Martorell (ed.), El Archivo Condal de Barcelona en los Siglos IX-X: estudio crítico de sus fondos, Textos 18/Publicaciones de le Sección de Barcelona 15 (Madrid 1951), doc. nos. 3, 4, 10, 11, 12, 16, 18-20, 23, 24, 26-29, 31-37, 39-41, 43-46, 48, 53, 55, 56, 59-62, 64, 66-68, 71-73, 75, 76, 78, 79, 83-85, 87, 95-97, 101-103, 107, 109-111, 113-115, 117, 118, 120, 121 & 128, ap. II B & ap. II nos. 16, 17, 29, 39, 40, 47, 50-53, 56-58, 61, 68, 69, 83-88, 98-101, 103-109, 114-117, 121, 127, 131, 132, 145, 146, 151-153, 155, 156, 165, 170, 179, 184-186, 188, 189, 193, 194, 199, 200, 202 & 268; doc. no. 10 is the other one she signs, the consecration act of the abbey
  • and last, out of order, but not least

  • N. L. Taylor, “An Early Catalonian Charter in the Houghton Library from the Joan Gili Collection of Medieval Catalonian Mansucripts” in Harvard Library Bulletin New Series Vol. 7 (Cambridge MA 1997), pp. 37-44.

With that set out, once I have made Dr Taylor aware of it, I shall be able to say: “these are the only ones of which the news has come to Harvard… And there may be many others but they haven’t been discarvered” :-)

[Edit: one of these days I'll actually put something up here that doesn't contain anything that instantly needs correction. Some day.]

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