The Bodmin Gospels and their Manumissions - Online Talk
Join Dr Oliver Padel and discover more about the entries within the Bodmin Gospels that record the freeing of enslaved people in medieval Cornwall.
The book itself is from Brittany but it was in Cornwall by about the year 940. in this talk the particular interest is the 50–60 entries written mainly at St Petrock’s monastery in Padstow (later moved to Bodmin), recording the freeing of enslaved people. Most were written in the tenth century so they form some of the earliest documents of Cornish history.
Some of the entries were subsequently erased, but parts of those have now been recovered. They add ‘more of the same’ to the fully-legible entries which have long been known. Slavery was the norm all over Europe at this period.
The names of the enslaved people and their owners are instructive, and Dr Padel will explore some of what these entries tell us about Cornish history in the tenth and eleventh centuries.
This is an online talk and will be delivered on Zoom.