By Simon Barton
This quantity is meant as a commemoration of the occupation of Richard Fletcher and his awesome contribution to our figuring out of the medieval global. The seventeen papers incorporated the following, written by way of many of the prime students of this era, mirror the 3 major parts of Fletcher's scholarly endeavours: Church and society in medieval Spain; Christian-Muslim kinfolk, either within the Iberian peninsula and extra afield;
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460–1 for Bede’s use of the Liber Pontificalis in his De Ratione Temporum. 23, pp. 68–9 (“divino admonitus instinctu”). 35, ed. Paul Ewald and Ludo M. , MGH Epp. , Berlin, 1957), 1:304–5) is not quoted by Bede. Either Nothelm did not copy it, for whatever reason, or Bede decided not to include it. 14 Gregory, Registrum 6, letters 49, 55, 57 (1:423–4, 430–2). 15 In practice, he was here not only providing a letter of introduction for Augustine and his companions and soliciting royal protection for them on their journey, he was also urging the young Frankish kings to take their own responsibilities as Christian rulers seriously.
70 rome, canterbury and wearmouth-jarrow 29 pontificate it averages out at just under forty six letters a year, and as can be seen from the two groups of such letters relating to the mission to Britain, the papal notariate under Gregory was capable of turning out from nine to thirteen such letters in a single day, thus producing a theoretical total of between three hundred and five hundred a year. Hadrian I’s edition was, therefore, also no more than a selection. It is also certain that not all papal correspondence was entered into the annual letter books.
4 But there are two things that need to be noticed. When in the 720s it was felt by some leading members of the Canterbury community that their foundation and early history required a historical narrative, they turned to an outsider to provide it. Secondly, it seems to have been at their prompting rather than his that determined efforts were made to obtain contemporary records of the events to be described. The resulting expedition to copy items from the voluminous papal registers seems to have been the first venture of its kind.
Cross, Crescent and Conversion: Studies on Medieval Spain and Christendom in Memory of Richard Fletcher (The Medieval Mediterranean) by Simon Barton