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Durham University

Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (IMEMS)

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Northern England and Lowland Scotland: Some Common Foundations: 800-1300

Collingwood College, Durham

A two-day residential conference will be held at Collingwood College, Durham, on 9-11 January 2012, under the auspices of the Durham Institute of Medieval and Renaissance Studies, to explore common elements across the Anglo-Scottish border in the medieval development of landscape, agriculture, and social institutions, particularly before the Wars of Independence.  The conference will create an opportunity for focused exchanges of knowledge between historians of Scotland and northern England concerning common or analogous features of settlement in the two regions, a topic already opened up, notably by Geoffrey Barrow, but deserving further investigation. It is intended that conference discussions will feed into an edition of the collected papers and, in the longer run, into more sustained interest in cultural identities across what became the border.

There will be papers on Politics and Nationality (Dauvit Broun), Settlement Patterns (Piers Dixon), Language and Names (Fiona Edmonds), Lords and Tenants (Peter Larson), Churches and Parishes (Richard Oram), Multiple Estates (Brian Roberts), Law and Jurisdiction (Keith Stringer), Shielings and Common Pastures (Angus Winchester).

 The cost of the conference including residence and full board will be £295, and for non- residents £125. For further details please contact Richard Britnell (

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