Medieval Networks of Memory

Medieval Networks of Memory aims to reveal a new and dynamic picture of thirteenth-century religious and social networks and community commemoration.

It will achieve this through describing, mapping, visualizing and analysing unique and culturally rich textual artefacts—the Mortuary Roll of Lucy of Hedingham, now kept at the British Library (MS Egerton 2849, parts I and II), and the Mortuary Roll of Amphelisa of Lillechurch, which belongs to St John’s College, Cambridge (MS N. 31). Our research visualizes which English institutions of men and women were united in their effort to remember Prioress Lucy de Vere and Prioress Amphelisa and how each religious establishment sought to inscribe their respects to the prioresses after their deaths. Our team is producing a database that contains information for each inscription and religious house written into the Roll, creating manipulable data for an interactive map, behind which will be locational, descriptive, textual, and evaluative evidence. Such data permits a much closer account of spiritual networks in this period, together with an assessment of religious houses’ resources and abilities to connect perceptibly with each other. New questions are emerging from this project’s work that we hope will allow subsequent innovative research on holy women, their communities and their scribal capability; on script types and trends in the earlier thirteenth century; and the significance and methods of collective memory formation in medieval England.

Medieval Networks of Memory is a project of Text Technologies.