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Boundary clauses and the use of the vernacular in eastern Frankish charters, c.750-c.900

Roberts, Edward (2018) Boundary clauses and the use of the vernacular in eastern Frankish charters, c.750-c.900. Historical Research, 91 (254). pp. 580-604. ISSN 0950-3471. E-ISSN 1468-2281. (doi:10.1111/1468-2281.12245) (KAR id:65914)


Of the thousands of surviving charters from eastern Carolingian Francia, remarkably few contain boundary clauses, even though ceremonial perambulations were a prominent aspect of property transactions. This article examines these boundary clauses asking when and why perambulations were written down in charters, and why, in an overwhelmingly Latin charter tradition, this was often done with vernacular language. The analysis suggests that boundary clauses were intended as rhetorical statements of elite identification and authority, usually signalling the involvement of powerful patrons and significant properties. The article contributes to debates concerning ritual, rhetoric and the interaction between orality and literacy in medieval charters.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1111/1468-2281.12245
Subjects: D History General and Old World > D History (General) > D111 Medieval History
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Arts and Humanities > School of History
Depositing User: Edward Roberts
Date Deposited: 05 Feb 2018 14:27 UTC
Last Modified: 09 Dec 2022 03:20 UTC
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