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The 2008 Symposium

Memory and Commemoration

in Medieval England

15-18 July 2008

Harlaxton Manor, Grantham

This special symposium has two objectives: to celebrate the first quarter century of Harlaxton symposia and, secondly, to explore how people and events were commemorated or memorialised in medieval England. Invited speakers (including Professor Joel Rosenthal and Professor Derek Pearsall) will reflect on how research and publication in their own field has developed over the last twenty-five years. There will also be papers which consider the different forms that medieval commemoration might take, and the ways in which memory was formalised: this might be in glass windows, tomb inscriptions, naming patterns, books of hours, poems, chantry or college foundations, chronicles, pageants and processions. We hope to be able to organise a trip to see the chapel at Haddon Hall with its medieval glass, wall paintings and alabaster altar retable.

Caroline Barron (c.barron@rhul.ac.uk)
Clive Burgess (c.burgess@rhul.ac.uk)

Provisional programme


Tuesday, 15th July 2008

1.30 Registration and Refreshment

2.30 Welcome and Introduction: Gordon Kingsley and Caroline Barron

2.45-3.45 Paul Binski, Developments in the study of Medieval Art in the last 25
years

3.45 Tea

4.15-6.15 Memory and Commemoration in Literature session
John Scattergood, Materiality and memory in some Anglo-Saxon texts
Mary Carruthers, Seeing and remembering: Chaucer’s visionary Troilus
David Griffith, English commemorative inscriptions: some literary dimensions

6.30 Dinner

7.30-9.00 Tim Knox, Harlaxton Manor
Pamela Tudor Craig, Lady Wedgwood, The Origins of the Symposium

9.00 Bar

Wednesday, 16th July

7.00-8.30 Breakfast

9.00-10.00 Joel Rosenthal, Developments in the study of medieval history in the last twenty-five years

10.00 Coffee

10.30-12.30 Location of Obits and Chantries session
David Lepine, Obits in Cathedrals
Jerome Bertram, The Placebo and Dirge illustrated
Rob Kinsey, Thorpe family chantry
Cindy Woods, Cage Chantries
Meriel Connor, Obits in monasteries

12.30 Lunch

2.0 Expedition to Heydour church: David King to lead.

3.30 Tea

4.00-6.00 Session on the material culture of commemoration
Claire Daunton, The Living and the Dead: Norfolk Glass 1340-1540
Sally Badham, Robertsons remembered: the commemoration of an
Algarkirke family of Merchants of the Staple of Calais
Christian Steer and Christian Liddy, The Creation of Lineage: the Lumley Family
Nick Holder, Medieval foundation stones and foundation ceremonies

6.00-6.30 Reception hosted by Maneys

6.30 Dinner

7.30-9.00 Remembering Agincourt
Nicola Coldstream, Henry V’s Agincourt Pageant
Peregrine Horden, The Founding of All Souls College

9.00 Bar accompanied by singers: The Agincourt carol.


Thursday July 17

7.00-8.30 Breakfast


09.00–10.00 Preparation for trip to Haddon Hall

Short talks on the medieval chapel at Haddon hall (with slides and handouts) by:
Richard Marks on the glass
Nigel Ramsay on the alabaster retable
Mellie Naydenova-Slade on the wall paintings

10.30 Leave for Haddon Hall

12.30 Arrive at Haddon Hall. No guided tour, but time to explore chapel, house and eat lunch in the cafeteria.

3.0 Leave Haddon

4.45 Tea


5.15-6.30 The Commemorative Audience
Nicholas Orme, Medieval Tourism
Richard Marks, Entumbid right princly: the Beauchamp Chapel at Warwick and the Politics of Interment

7.00 Reception

7.30 Conference Dinner


Friday 18 July

7.00-8.30 Breakfast

9.00-10.0 Derek Pearsall, Developments in the study of Medieval Literature in
the last 25 years


10.00-11.15 Royal Commemoration

Mark Ormrod, Commemoration at the 14th Century English royal court
Sophie Oosterwijk, A Dance for a Dead King? Charles VI and the danse macabre mural at Les Innocents in Paris

11.15 Coffee

11.45-1.00 Aristocratic Commemoration

Jenny Ward, Who to commemorate and why? Commemoration of the Nobility in Eastern England in the fourteenth century

Nigel Saul, Multiple Meanings of Remembrance

1.00 Lunch and depart