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“I was so bold to write to your mastership my mind, and all my sisters”: The Communal Negotiation of Dartford Priory in the Letters of Elizabeth Cressener to Thomas Cromwell

Around the mid-1530s in Kent, amid the context of Minor Dissolutions, governmental visitations and Continental religious upheaval, Dartford Priory’s long-standing prioress Elizabeth Cressener wrote to Thomas Cromwell with the communal good of her convent in mind. Asking “especially that we...

The Postulate of Thematic Unity and the Curious Case of Arnulf of Lisieux’s Letter Quam utilis apud principes

Everyone working on medieval letters might be familiar with a certain kind of professional irritation aroused by some of them, leaving you with a vague feeling of a deeper sense of meaning hovering over the printed page. Usually, this phenomenon...

Different roles of Empire(s) in the Universal Chronicle of Frutolf of Michelsberg († 1103): ‚Contemporary‘ observations, historical functions, philosophical and theological implications

Frutolf, a monk of the Benedictine monastery of Michelsberg in Bamberg, wrote five years before his death in 1103 a universal or world chronicle of about 300 folios[i]. In this compilation we can trace more than 70 different sources which...

Beautiful Daughters and Rich Tournaments: Pleasures of the East in Correspondences between Ottoman Sultans and Christian Princes in the 14th and 15th century

When I was working on Anti-Turkish print products of the 15th century I came across a most curious little letter written by a certain Morbisanus to pope Pius II. It was printed on three quarto pages at the end of...

Unpleasant Affairs That Please Us: Admonition and Rebuke in the Letter Collections of the Archbishops of Canterbury, 11th and 12th Centuries

Let me start with a remark that may seem to be strange on first sight: Whenever an accident happens on a highway the result will be a traffic jam. That is quite easy to understand as it is a direct...

Leeds anyone? An invitation to session 112 at the International Medieval Congress 2013 (1-4 July 2013)

Session 112 “Medieval Letters and Letter-Collections (1000-1500): A Pleasurable Reading?!” of this year’s International Medieval Congress in Leeds is organised by the Monumenta Germaniae Historica. It is devoted to medieval epistolography and addresses the IMC’s special thematic strand “Pleasure” on...