איריס שגריר, האוניברסיטה הפתוחה

שמות ככלי למחקר היסטורי: מסקנות ומחשבות לעתיד

15/5/2008  (חדר סגל, קומת ה 700)

Iris Shagrir, Open University

The Study of names as a tool for historical research: interim conclusions and implications for the future

15/5/2008 (Faculty Lounge, 700 level)

Abstract:

My study of the personal names approaches a central question in the history of the Latin Kingdom of  Jerusalem: to what extent did the Frankish settlers in the East preserve European patterns and traditions, and to what extent did they assimilate elements from their new, Levantine environment?

The question is approached by employing statistical analyses of the personal names of the Kingdom's inhabitants in 1099-1291. The anthroponymic analysis is a novel way to explore the nature of the Frankish society both in comparison with contemporary Europe, and in relation to the immigrants' new setting. Trends unknown so far are revealed and compared with the dominant trends in Europe.

A subsequent study of by-names (which in future centuries will become surnames) is currently conducted and will be presented, with discussion of the advantages and challenges of a new field of research and new methodologies.

Suggested reading:

Shagrir, I., "The Medieval Evolution of By-naming,"  Laudem Hierosolymitani: Studies in Crusades and Medieval Culture in Honour of Benjamin Z. Kedar, Edited by Iris Shagrir, Ronnie Ellenblum and Jonathan Riley-Smith, (Aldershot, 2007), 49-59. Read it here

Shagrir, I., Naming Patterns in the Latin Kingdom of Jerusalem (Oxford, 2003).

 

 

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