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Power of Memory and Manipulation in Anglo-Norman England

Title: The Power of Memory and Manipulation in Anglo-Norman England: Symeon, St. Cuthbert, and Durham Cathedra.
Name(s): Sauer, Michelle L., author
Department of History
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Issuance: monographic
Date Issued: 2015
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: Cultural memory is the collective perception of a group on their own history, and the way in which remembrance and emphasis of specific elements of that history build the identity of a culture. The formation and alteration of cultural memory throughout history has become an important area of interest in the field of history, as this building of identity and memory informs how cultures operate and view themselves to this day. English memory has been built and changed throughout time by various invading groups, and has contributed to the enduring legacy of the British people that exists to this day. This project seeks to examine the ways in which the cultural memory of the Anglo-Saxon people was altered after the Norman Invasion through historical propaganda, particularly the writings of Symeon of Durham, and the building of Durham Cathedral. Symeon, a Norman monk in Durham, is a figure who shows the power of memory in the middle ages, as he effectively rewrote the history of the monks who came before him, giving the new Norman population of Durham an imagined history of themselves in that place. The Normans also built Durham Cathedral as a way to consolidate power and legitimize their reign through an emphasized devotion to the religious scene in Durham. Through analysis of historical documents and religious art used as a means of political and religious manipulation by the Normans, this thesis examines the pre-Norman cultural memory of Durham and delves into the ways that perception changed to include the Normans and merge the two groups into one.
Identifier: FSU_migr_uhm-0563 (IID)
Keywords: Durham, cultural memory, medieval history, Norman, Anglo-Saxon, Symeon of Durham, Bede, St. Cuthbert
Submitted Note: A Thesis submitted to the Department of History in partial fulfillment of the requirements for graduation with Honors in the Major.
Degree Awarded: Spring Semester, 2015.
Date of Defense: March 27, 2015.
Subject(s): Civilization -- History
Europe -- History
Indo-European languages
Social life and customs
Intellectual life -- History
Civilization, Medieval
Middle Ages
Study and teaching
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Host Institution: FSU
Is Part of Series: Honors Theses.

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Sauer, M. L. (2015). The Power of Memory and Manipulation in Anglo-Norman England: Symeon, St. Cuthbert, and Durham Cathedra. Retrieved from