Session Title

Seal the Real: Documentary Records, Seals, and Authentications II

Sponsoring Organization(s)

Research Group on Manuscript Evidence

Organizer Name

Mildred Budny

Organizer Affiliation

Research Group on Manuscript Evidence

Presider Name

Derek Shank

Presider Affiliation

Research Group on Manuscript Evidence

Paper Title 1

By Our Own Hand: Cross-Signs in the Cartularies of Angoumois

Presenter 1 Name

Michael F. Webb

Presenter 1 Affiliation

Independent Scholar

Paper Title 2

A Strange Seal from Grenoble from 1346, or, Headbinding in France: Carryover and/or Forerunner in Toulouse?

Presenter 2 Name

David W. Sorenson

Presenter 2 Affiliation

Allen G. Berman, Numismatist

Paper Title 3

Seals, Matrices, and Signatories (A Response)

Presenter 3 Name

Mildred Budny

Start Date

7-5-2020 3:30 PM

Session Location

Fetzer 2040

Description

These two sessions explore the presentation and attestation of documentary records in the medieval and early modern periods, in the long transition to the modern custom of signatures as autographs — as distinct (partly) from earlier ‘signatures’ often made by proxy, whether by cross-signs, names inscribed by others on behalf of the signatory, personal or official seals, or other forms. The fields of consideration include forgeries (‘signatures’, seals, and questionable documents), reported records of documents perhaps otherwise lost (as in cartularies, chronicles, and other narratives), and the occasional preservation of fingerprints upon the records themselves.

The time-honored human determination to establish recognized — that is, effective — modes of authenticating intentions and actions by individuals and institutions alike underpins the historical transmission (or disruption, willful and otherwise) of formal records of agreements, sales, transfers, decisions over grievances and feuds, and other impactful official arrangements across the centuries. Examining case studies for this session, we encourage multiple approaches, subject matters, and methodologies for analyzing the strategies adopted (successfully or otherwise) in the pursuit of such a quest for authentication. Examples include some original materials available for inspection. Mildred Budny

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May 7th, 3:30 PM

Seal the Real: Documentary Records, Seals, and Authentications II

Fetzer 2040

These two sessions explore the presentation and attestation of documentary records in the medieval and early modern periods, in the long transition to the modern custom of signatures as autographs — as distinct (partly) from earlier ‘signatures’ often made by proxy, whether by cross-signs, names inscribed by others on behalf of the signatory, personal or official seals, or other forms. The fields of consideration include forgeries (‘signatures’, seals, and questionable documents), reported records of documents perhaps otherwise lost (as in cartularies, chronicles, and other narratives), and the occasional preservation of fingerprints upon the records themselves.

The time-honored human determination to establish recognized — that is, effective — modes of authenticating intentions and actions by individuals and institutions alike underpins the historical transmission (or disruption, willful and otherwise) of formal records of agreements, sales, transfers, decisions over grievances and feuds, and other impactful official arrangements across the centuries. Examining case studies for this session, we encourage multiple approaches, subject matters, and methodologies for analyzing the strategies adopted (successfully or otherwise) in the pursuit of such a quest for authentication. Examples include some original materials available for inspection. Mildred Budny