Calling the US medieval bloggers

Here, large numbers of you US blogospherists seem to be hitting London this month, er, jury service permitting (argh!). Something social should perhaps be done. I’m going to be busy till Leeds and the weekend following, but I suspect that Wednesday 16th could be a British Library day and I’m flexible around that date. If people would like, I can do some restaurant or pub arrangement for that or another evening? Speak up for numbers if interested, either here or at my work e-mail address (my main one can’t be reached from or reach Hotmail), and I shall make it so… Feel free to specify favoured cuisine etc… Also, if anyone finds that they need stuff which is only in Cambridge, and if it’s realistically reproducible, I’ll see what I can do. So notified!

16 responses to “Calling the US medieval bloggers

  1. Too bad you didn’t put out a call for Canadian bloggers two years ago.

    Best of luck in drawing a crowd.

  2. I’m game. Either post or send an email to let me know where to meet. I’ll probably just come down from Oxford for the day.

  3. I wish I was coming to London!

  4. I won’t be in London, but, I could use some help in possibly getting an abstract or two from Leeds. Specifically, abstracts for papers 309-b, Lost Anglo-Saxon charters; and 505-a, Conceptions of Mercian authority. If you can’t I understand- but it would be a big help to me (and my thesis) if you could.

  5. Michael, should be no problem: I have the abstracts from the proposals if nothing else, which are as follows:

    309-b: “One of the greatest problems facing those who work on Anglo-Saxon charters is that the pattern of surviving documents is dominated by those preserved in ecclesiastical archives. This paper seeks to explore some of the ways in which we can recover, if not the text, then certainly the archival and documentary footprint of charters that no longer survive and in turn allow us to meditate on some of the fundamental functions of Anglo-Saxon charters.”

    505-a: “This paper will consider the treatment of kingship and kingly titles during the 7th-9th century Mercian supremacy. The title to Mercian kingship, generally expressed as ‘rex Merciorum’ in charters of the eighth and ninth centuries, is considered to be particularly stable. It will consider why certain archives show differing treatment of the royal title at points which might be considered to represent strain in the Mercian polity and question what circumstances led to this. It will also question whether this demonstrates more the regional concerns of the foundations which produced the charters, rather than the self-conception of Mercian rulers.”

    Whether either party will have full texts written up, and whether they’d still stand by the abstracts if they do, I don’t know, but I shall ask and put you in touch with them if they have and agree.

  6. Thank you. You are indeed a gentleman.

  7. I’m really not, I’ve been trying to convince people of this for ages. Gentlemen have far too little fun. But I’ll accept `scholar’ :-)

  8. I think this should work for me, barring family engagements! Do you still have my mobile #? If not, I’ll send it.

  9. PS — I’m seeing our friend from the IHR tomorrow — shall I mention it?

  10. Blimey that took me a minute of hard thinking! But yes, by all means! I owe said person a pint. And send my regards…

  11. And, sorry, no, I don’t have the mobile no. any more, I hadn’t realised it was a fixture. If you could send again that would be helpful, thankyou.

  12. We’re on, right? Just give me a bit of warning (please), so I can work out train tickets…

  13. We’re on. Will mail details rather than put them public, but London calls you on the 16th…

  14. Matt — you might also think of a bus, if your funding is low — it’s less pricey.

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