Monday, January 28, 2008

News of the Week

Anglo-Saxon treasures will stay in region - vow

Same story, different take: MP in plea over ancient treasure

Event passed, but only thing I found on it: MEDIAEVAL FIND TO BE TOPIC

Medieval splendour as Ruins welcomes visitors

'Too good to be true' Thomson ivory declared genuine

Jan 28:

1457 Henry VII (Tudor) of England

814 Charlemagne; Louis "the Pious" inherits Frankish Empire
1232 Pedro de Montaigu, 15th Master of the Templars
1256 St. Peter Nolesco

893 Coronation of Charles III, "the Simple" as King of France
1077 King Henry IV submits to the Pope at Canossa
1256 William, King of the Romans, was killed
1393 "Bal des Ardents;" Death of the Count de Joigny, Yvain de Foix,
Aimery Poitiers, and Huguet de Guisay

Jan 20:
591 St. Sulpicius

1118 Pope Paschal II

904 Sergius III crowned pope - beginning of the "Pornocracy"
1327 Coronation of Edward III of England

Jan 30:
680 St. Bathild, Queen to Clovis II of France
Holiday of Three Hierachs (Eastern Orthodox)

435 Rome made peace with the Vandals, ending the "Fall"
1118 Election of Gelasius I as Pope
1328 King Edward III of England re-marries Phillippa of Hainaut
1349 Election of Guanther of Schwarzberg as King of Germany
1380 St. Catherine of Siena suffers a stroke
1487 Bell chimes invented

Jan 31:
410 St. Marcella
626 St. Aidan (Madoc) of Ferns

314 St. Sylvester becomes Pope
1298 Peace of Tournai
1405 Jean de Bethencourt goes to France to obtain materials to
establish a colony on the Canary Islands

Saturday, January 26, 2008

Journal of Late Antiquity



The Journal of Late Antiquity, sponsored by the Society for Late Antiquity and
published by Johns Hopkins University Press, provides a venue for
multi-disciplinary coverage of all the methodological, disciplinary,
geographical, and chronological facets of Late Antiquity, covering the late
Roman, European, North African, Byzantine, Sassanid, and Islamic worlds, and
going from ca. AD 200 to 800 (i.e. the late and post-classical world up to the
beginning of the Carolingian period), ranging from Arabia to the
British Isles,
and running the gamut from literary and historical studies to the study of
material culture.

Scholars of Late Antiquity are invited to submit previously unpublished
original research for consideration for publication in JLA.
JLA provides a venue for both medium (6-8,000
word) and longer (10,000 words and up) length articles, as well as for brief
notes discussing significant observations that might not be published
at all or
end up lost footnote in a study on a different topic).

Contributions should have a clearly stated thesis,
argument, and conclusion based on literary and material primary sources.
Submissions may be based on traditional literary texts, on material
culture, or
on a combination of sources. If there is a
single theme that we would expect all contributions to manifest, it would be
that in some manner they illuminate Late Antiquity as a discrete period with
its own unique identifying characteristics.

Submissions may be forwarded in e-format (WORD or WORDPERFECT in a
Truetype Unicode font such as Arial Unicode MS) to, and authorial guidelines
(including information on foreign language fonts) may be requested from,

Ralph W. Mathisen, Managing Editor,
Professor of History, Classics, and Medieval Studies and
Dept. of History, MC-466
309 Gregory Hall, University of Illinois
Urbana, IL 61801 USA
FAX: 217-333-2297

Subscriptions to JLA are priced as follows:

Annual Subscriptions:
Individual Print Subscription 1 year (2 issues) Price: $30.00
Institution Print Subscription 1 year (2 issues) Price: $75.00
Individual Print Subscription 2 year (4 issues) Price: $60.00
Institution Print Subscription 2 year (4 issues) Price: $150.00

Electronic Subscription:
1 year electronic access Price: $30.00
2 year electronic access Price: $60.09

The first issue of JLA is in press and will be published in the
Spring of 2008.

For subscription and other publication information, please consult

Studies in Iconography Out

The most recent volume of the journal, Studies in Iconography (Volume
28, 2007) has just been published and includes the following Articles:

>> Dorothy F. Glass: “‘Quo Vadis’: The Study of Italian
Romanesque Sculpture at the Beginning of the Third Millennium” Laura
E. Cochrane: “The Wine in the Vines and the Foliage in the Roots”
Richard K. Emmerson: “A “Large Order of the Whole”:
Intertextuality and Interpictoriality in the /Hours of Isabella

>> Charles S. Buchanan: “An Illustrated Romanesque Hagiographic
Lectionary (Lucca: Biblioteca Capitolare, Passionario C):
Inspiration, Formulation, and Reception”

>> Karl Fugelso: “Defining the State in /Commedia/ Miniatures:
Pictorial Responses to Dante’s Condemnation of Florence”

>> Penny Howell Jolly: “Rogier van der Weyden’s “Pregnant”
Magdalene: On the Rhetoric of Dress in the /Descent From the Cross/”
>> Reviews - Vol 28 (2007):
>> Krone und Schleier: Kunst aus mittelalterlichen Frauenklöstern
>> By Karen Blough
>> Ingrid Gardill, Sancta Benedicta: Missionarin, Märtyrerin,
Patronin; Der Prachtcodex aus dem Frauenkloster Sainte-Benoîte in
>> By Judith Oliver

>> David McKitterick, ed., The Trinity Apocalypse (Trinity College
Cambridge, MS R.16.2) /
>> By Brent A. Pitts

>> Robert Mills, Suspended Animation: Pain, Pleasure and Punishment
in Medieval Culture
>> By Madeline H. Caviness

>> Anne-Orange Poilpré, Maiestas Domini: Une Image de l’église en
Occident (Ve-IXe siècle)
>> By William J. Diebold

>> Heather Pulliam, Word and Image in the Book of Kells
>> By Anne-Marie Bouche

>> Kathryn Starkey, Reading the Medieval Book: Word, Image, and
Performance in Wolfram von Eschenbach’s Willehalm
>> By Michael Curschmann

>> Marina Vidas, The Christina Psalter: A Study of the Images and
Texts in a French Early Thirteenth-Century Illuminated Manuscript
>> By Elizabeth S. Hudson

MA in Icelandic Studies

The Faculty of Humanities at the University of Iceland would like to draw attention to the programme MA in Medieval Icelandic Studies.
The deadline for applications is March 1st. For further information see the web-site

Ulfar Bragason, Research Professor, Head of Department
Arni Magnusson Institute for Icelandic Studies
International Department
Sigurdur Nordal Office
P.O. Box 1220
121 Reykjavik
tel. (+354) 562 6050


-Leave replacement position: visiting assistant professor of medieval literature at Fordham University's Rose Hill (Bronx) campus. One-year position, potentially renewable for a second year, to teach undergraduate electives and core courses, possibly graduate. Degree in hand absolutely required; strong teaching experience preferred. Please send ONLY letter and CV by February 15 to Medieval Literature Search, Department of English, Fordham University, Bronx, New York 10458-9993. Fordham is an independent, Catholic university in the Jesuit tradition and welcomes applications from men and women of all backgrounds. Fordham is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer.


Third Annual Workshop

AD 400-1200


Rewley House, Oxford

5-6 July 2008

Call for Papers

The conference aims to be a forum for scholars working on the topic in a
variety of disciplines and regions of Northern Europe. We invite session
proposals and offers of individual papers that address the topic of the
conference from a range of different angles, such as archaeology,
palaeopathology, as well as linguistic and historical evidence. Papers
relevant to early medieval disease and disability in general will also
be considered. Abstracts (300 words maximum) should be submitted
electronically to by 1 March 2008 at the

Organising Committee

Professor Robert Arnott
Dr Sally Crawford
(Centre for the History of Medicine
University of Birmingham Medical School)
Dr Christina Lee
(School of English Studies, University of Nottingham)

For further information about the conference please contact Professor
Robert Arnott at

Bone Dreams Conference

Bone Dreams: Anglo-Saxon Culture and the Modern Imagination
Faculty of English, University of Oxford, April 26th, 2008

This is an international one-day conference exploring relationships
between Anglo-Saxon culture and literature and their revisioning in
twentieth-century writing and visual culture.
For further information, including a draft schedule and registration
form, please access the following link: All welcome.

David Clark (Leicester)
Nicholas Perkins (St Hugh's College, Oxford)

Islamic Art Conference


Day 1 (October 16, 2008)
Theme: “Out of Late Antiquity”
Keynote speaker: Alan Walmsley, University of

Session 1.1
Session Leader: Alastair Northedge,
Université de Paris I (Panthéon-Sorbonne)
Session Topic: “The relationship of
Archaeology and Art at the beginning of Islam”

Session 1.2
Session Leader: Jonathan M. Bloom, Boston
College/ Virginia Commonwealth University
Session Topic: “Fatimid art.”

Session 1.3
Session Leader: Heather Ecker, Detroit
Institute of Arts
Session Topic: “Messianism, Kingship and
Sacred Cities in the Islamic World”

Workshop I: On Qur’ans and Codicology led by François
Déroche, Biblioth`eque Nationale, Paris

Day 2 (October 17, 2008)

Theme: “‘Unity and Variety’ Once More: Time, Place,
Keynote Speaker: Gülrü Necipoglu, Harvard University

Session 2.1
Session Leader: Linda Komaroff, Los
Angeles County Museum of Art
Session topic: “Pushing the Boundaries of
the Iranian World: Theme; Medium; Dynasty(ies);

Session 2.2
Session Leader: Barry Flood, IFA/NYU
Session Topic: “Unity in Diversity?
Circulation, Stasis and the Canon”

Session 2.3
Session Leader: D. Fairchild Ruggles,
University of Illinois, Urbana- Champaign
Session Topic: “Women and Patronage”

Workshop II: On Reading Urban Fabric led by Attilio
Petruccioli, Bari Polytechnic

Day 3 (October 18, 2008)
Theme: “Confronting Modernity”
Keynote Speaker: Glenn Lowry, Museum of Modern Art

Sessions 3.1
Session Leaders: Massumeh Farhad,
Freer/Sackler Galleries and David J. Roxburgh, Harvard
Session Topic: “Museums, Exhibitions, and
Collections in Historical Perspective"

Session 3.2
Session Leader: TBA
Session Topic: On Conservation and
Cultural Policies

Session 3.3
Session Leader: Nasser Rabbat, MIT
Session Topic: “How to Study Contemporary
Islamic Art and Architecture”


On Iranian Cinema led by Hamid Dabashi,
Columbia University

Medicine Conference

The ‘Missing Link’: medicine in late antiquity and the early middle ages

King’s College, Cambridge

Saturday 8 March 2008

organized by Debby Banham, Peter Jones and Clare Pilsworth with thanks to the Departments of Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic/History and Philosophy of Science, University of Cambridge, King’s College Cambridge, the Royal Historical Society and the Wellcome Trust

What happened in medicine between Galen and the schools of Salerno? Why is this period so often skipped over in general histories of medicine? What is the distinction (or relationship) between ‘late antique’ and ‘early medieval’, as far as medicine is concerned?

This day-conference is the second in a series that hopes to shed some light on these and related questions (the first, ‘Theorica et practica: medicine in the earlier middle ages’, was held at Manchester in March 2007). We welcome all scholars (at all levels of experience) who are interested in the medicine of this period, and look forward to continuing the stimulating discussions begun last year.


We have an interesting variety of papers lined up, ranging widely in terms of geography, chronology and methodology.

Sally Crawford (Oxford), ‘Texts, tweezers and trepanning: assessing the archaeology of Anglo-Saxon medicine’
Conan T. Doyle (Cambridge), The Old English Ymbe mannes gecynde (On the generation of man)

Klaus-Dietrich Fischer (Mainz), The recipe for an acharistum in an 8th-century manuscript from the library of Nicholas of Cues
Valerie Knight (Manchester), ‘Alexander Trallianus on gout: the secondary tradition’
Christina Lee (Nottingham), ‘Care and cure: Anglo-Saxon attitudes towards disease and disability’
Danielle Maion (Udine), ‘Peri didaxeon: use and elaboration of Latin sources in later Anglo-Saxon England’
Lea Olsan (Cambridge) on Anglo-Saxon charms and Marcellus Empiricus
Christine Salazar (Cambridge) on Paul of Aegina
Theresa Tyers (Nottingham), ‘Lost in translation: searching texts for receipts for women c.1200-1500’

Summer School

from Alice-Mary Talbot, Dumbarton Oaks

Lincoln College International Summer School in Greek Palaeography, 27 July
- 2 August 2008.

The Second Lincoln College International Summer School in Greek
Palaeography will take place at the University of Oxford and the Bodleian
Library from Sunday, 27 July to Saturday, 2 August 2008.

The Summer School addresses advanced undergraduate as well as postgraduate
students working in subject areas such as classics (Greek language and
literature), medieval and early modern Greek philology, patristics,
theology, art history and archaeology, and late antique, medieval, and
Byzantine literary and cultural history.

For more information and an application form, please visit Applications and references must be
received not later than 31 March 2008. For enquiries please contact the
Programme Coordinator, Dr Maria Konstantinidou
(, or the Programme Director, Dr
Christos Simelidis (

Thursday, January 24, 2008

From Britarch:Excavation video of the Boscombe Down Roman coffin

You can see the 12 minute (better visual quality) film of the coffin
excavation and opening here:

Or the 10 minute YouTube version here:


The attention of members is drawn to an exhibition entitled 'Alfred
the Great. Warfare, Wealth and Wisdom' to be held at the Discovery
Centre, Jewry Street, Winchester from 2 February - 27 April. The
centrepoint of the exhibition will be the Alfred Jewel and six other
possible aestels - those who attended the London meeting in the summer
may remember that David Hinton provided a poster display on the latest
discoveries. The aestels will be supported by a range of other notable
items and manuscripts from the ninth century, including the Fuller
brooch, the Hatton Pastoral Care the Tollemache Orosius. David
Hinton's new edition of his Ashmolean publication The Alfred Jewel and
Other Decorated Late Anglo-Saxon Metalwork will be published to
coincide with the exhibition, and there will also be a fully
illustrated guide to the exhibition by Barbara Yorke. Full details of
the exhibition arrangements and a large range of associated events can
be found on

many thanks,

Barbara Yorke

Monday, January 21, 2008

News and More

A Treasure Trove of Books

Lombard trove in world heritage bid

Ivories on show in London before they leave to live in Canada

Medieval artefact rescued by amateur historian

St Mildred's Priory - Tower restoration to begin

The Sarmas Collection of Medieval Greek Coinage

Tithebarn could yield medieval treasures

Tudor 'correspondent' text online

Jan 21:
259 St. Fructuosus
861 St. Meinrad

1338 King Charles V of France


917 Erchanger, Duke of Swabia
1118 Pope Paschal II

911 King Louis the Child, last Carolingian ruler of Germany, dies

1189 Phillip Augustus, King of France, Henry II, King of England, and
Fredrick Barbarossa, Holy Roman Emperor, begin assembling the troops for
the Third Crusade

1217 Matthew Paris enters St Albans as a monk

1287 The treaty of San Agayz is signed.
Minorca is conquered by King Alfons III of Aragon.

1472 Great daylight comet of 1472 passes within 10.5 million km of

Jan 22:
304 St. Vincent of Saragossa
628 St. Anastasius the Persian

1263 Ibn Taymiya, Islamic scholar (d. 1328)
1440 Ivan III (the Great), Grand Prince of Russia

565 Eutychius is deposed as Patriarch of Constantinople by John
1498 Columbus discovers St Vincent Island

Jan 23:
616 St. John the Almoner
667 St. Ildefonsus
1275 St. Raymond of Penafort

1350 Vincent Ferrer, Spanish missionary and saint (d. 1419)

1002 Otto III, Emperor of the West
1199 Yaqub, Almohad Caliph (b. 1160)

393 Theodosius I proclaims his nine year old son Honorius
1264 Annullment of the Provisions of Oxford
1295 Coronation of Pope Boniface VIII
1368 In a coronation ceremony, Zhu Yuanzhang ascends to the throne of
China as the Hongwu Emperor, initiating Ming Dynasty rule over
China that would last for three centuries.

Jan 24:
97 St. Timothy
260 Babylas, Bishop, Memorial
Felician and Messalina, Memorial

1287 Richard de Bury
1287 Richard Aungerville, English bishop (d. 1345)
1444 Galeazzo Maria Sforza, Duke of Milan (d. 1476)

661 Murder of Ali by a Kharajite
772 Pope Stephen III (b. 720)
1002 Otto III, Holy Roman Emperor
1125 David IV of Georgia (b. 1073)
1366 Alfonso IV of Aragon (b. 1299)
1376 Richard FitzAlan, 10th Earl of Arundel, English military leader
1438 The Council of Basel suspends Pope Eugene IV as Prelate of
Ethiopia, arrives at Massawa from Goa.
1458 Matthias Corvinus elected King of Hungary
1473 Conrad Paumann, German composer

1438 The Council of Basel suspends Pope Eugene IV as Prelate of
Ethiopia, arrives at Massawa from Goa.

Jan 25:
363 Sts. Juventinus and Maximinus
Conversion of St. Paul, Feast Day
460 St. Dwynwen - Memorial, the saint of Welsh lovers

749 Leo IV (the Khazar), Byzantine Emperor
1477 Anna, Duchess of Brittany, wife of Charles VIII of France

389 Gregory Nazianzus, theologian and Patriarch of Constantinople
477 Gaiseric, King of the Vandals
817 Pope Stephen V
844 Pope Gregory IV
1067 Emperor Yingzong of China
1138 Anacletus, anti-Pope
1366 Henry Suso, German mystic
1431 Charles II, Duke of Lorraine
1494 Ferrante I, King of Aragon

817 Consecration of Paschal I as Pope
1077 Emperor Henry IV submits to Pope Gregory VII at Canossa
1153 Baldwin III, King of Jerusalem, attacks Ascalon
1325 Lithuania opened to settlement
1327 Edward III becomes King of England.
1356 Edward III, King of England, having no further use for him,
pensions off Edward Balliol, "King" of Scots
1494 Alfonso II becomes King of Naples.
1498 Vasco da Gama reaches Quelimane, on the Sofala coast

Jan 26:
166 St. Polycarp
404 St. Paula
648 St. Conan
1100 St. Eystein of Norway 1
1108 St. Alberic (Aubrey)
1271 St. Margaret

1497 Emperor Go-Nara of Japan

724 Caliph Yazid II
946 Eadgyth, German Queen

1266 Charles of Anjou becomes King of Sicily
1316 Revolt in Wales by Llywelyn Bren
1316 Edward Bruce and Irish fight English
1340 King Edward III of England is declared King of France.
1347 University of Prague authorized by the Pope

Blog Entry of the Week:
Myths of Britain at In the Middle

Quote of the Week:

I have loved justice and hated iniquity: therefore I die in exile. Gregory VII

Words of the Week: brings us callow, meaning immature or inexperienced, from Old English calu meaning bald or bare, "many a man becomes bald suddenly" we're told in a proverb from the period. also brings us quietus, from Medieval Latin quietus est, meaning in English to be discharged, a final stroke or word that ends something, released from life, and even a period of inactivity. It is the perfect passive participle of the Latin verb quiesco, meaning to rest, to be at peace, be silent.

Continuing a medieval word theme it would appear, they also brought us upbraid, from Old English upbregdan, to twist, and by extension, to reproach, a word used by Wulfstan to encourage penance.

Webster's brings us a word not used much except in special applications in British English: hustings, from Old English which borrowed it from Old Norse, hus thing, house assembly, a court, and used in the 19th century to refer to the "stump" on which a candidate would make a speech.

There's also scarify, from French, from late Latin, from Greek meaning originally to scratch an outline, but in English meant to lacerate, either literally such as a wound, or figuratively, one's feelings or thoughts

The Medieval Review recent reviews:

Anlezark, Daniel Water and Fire: The Myth of the Flood in Anglo-Saxon England

Harari, Yuval Noah
Special Operations in the Age of Chivalry, 1100-1550

Garland, Lynda
Byzantine Women: Varieties of Experience, AD 800-1200

Bullón-Fernández, María, ed.
England and Iberia in the Middle Ages, 12th-15th Century

Knuuttila, Simo
Emotions in Ancient and Medieval Philosophy

Rosenwein, Barbara H.

Arnold, Martin
The Vikings: Wolves of War

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Byzantine Studies

BSANA Listserve FWD from Linda Safran, BSANA President:

Greetings! I want to draw your attention to the brand-new website of the
Byzantine Studies Association of North America (BSANA): It’s still a work in progress, but it will soon
contain a complete downloadable archive of Byzantine Studies Conference
abstracts and most of the Minutes of the organization’s board meetings and
business meetings going back to the founding of the BSC in 1975.

In 2006 the BSC became one of the three components of BSANA; the other two
are the national Byzantine committees of both the U.S. and Canada. I
encourage you to find out more about the past, present, and future of
Byzantine Studies in North America and beyond by visiting
Under the heading of Opportunities we now list job openings, graduate
programs, and conferences of interest to Byzantinists. If you want to
notify colleagues of an event, please send an email to me
( or to the BSANA Secretary, Alicia Walker
( If you would like to update information about your
graduate program, please email the BSANA Vice-President, Amy
Papalexandrou, at To renew your membership, download
the pdf form available at and send it
with payment to the BSANA Treasurer, Anna Gonosová (the address is on the
form). Please remember that only members in good standing, those who pay
their dues in 2008, may submit papers to the next BSC to be held at
Rutgers this October. Conference info, including the current call for
papers, is always available at

So, bookmark to keep apprised of BSC, USNCBS, CCB, and AIEB
activities—or at least learn what those acronyms stand for! (Don’t forget
to delete any outdated bookmarks to the previous website,

My best wishes for a happy and productive 2008 (or 7516),

Linda Safran
University of Toronto
President, BSANA, Inc.



AEMA's fifth annual conference will be held from 1-3 October 2008 at
the Sebel Conference Suites, Charlotte Street, Brisbane, hosted by
the Australian Catholic University.

The period from late antiquity to the early middle ages was one of
great social movement, of both individuals and people groups. How
did people respond to demands made upon them for hospitality and
charity by pilgrims, casualties of war, refugees, orphans, widows,
those of other religions, the sick, the poor, itinerant monks and
nuns, travelling traders and others?

Invited speakers:
Dr Anna Silvas, University of New England
Dr Wendy Mayer, Washington DC

Papers are now invited on a broad range of topics related to the
theme of 'Welcoming the Stranger', tapping various sources, including
literature, archaeology, epigraphy and the arts. A title and a 250
word abstract should be sent by 30 June 2008 to the Conference
Convenors. Please include affiliation and contact details with your

Download the call for papers:

Conference convenors:
Dr Bronwen Neil

Dr Geoffrey Dunn

Centre for Early Christian Studies
Australian Catholic University
PO Box 456
Queensland 4014


From the 14th February to the 6th April 2008 the bookshop and
gallery Les Enluminures (Paris, Louvre des Antiquaires) will host its
spring exhibition entitled De la chasse aux manuscrits: une douce
folie? ...

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

From our friends at Leeds

Please find below the latest instalment of the Leeds International
Medieval Congress Newsletter. The newsletter is also available online
at . We hope through the
newsletter to keep in touch with IMC participants past and present,
and to inform them of forthcoming IMC events.

We would appreciate if you could print out this leaflet and display
it in your institution or department/school.

We aim to make this newsletter a regular occurrence - if you prefer
not to receive this newsletter in the future please let us know by
return email. We always appreciate your feedback, so do please feel
free to suggest improvements to this newsletter, and to let us know
what you would like to see included in future issues.

With best wishes for the New Year,

Axel E. W. Müller
Director, International Medieval Congress

International Medieval Congress
January 2008 Newsletter

Section 1: IMC 2008, 7-10 July 2008
1.1 Academic Programme
With over 350 sessions relating to many key areas of the study of the
European Middle Ages, this year's Congress programme promises to be
just as innovative and rich as ever. We are, again, expecting more
than 1400 participants to attend. For registration information, visit

The Congress in 2008 is going green! Across the world many societies
are increasingly concerned about the state of the planet, natural
world, and the environment. After the IMC special thematic strand
'The Natural World' had been chosen, it was announced that 2008 was
also going to be the United Nations' 'International Year of Planet
Earth', which aims to investigate human-induced changes to our
planet. The IMC is contributing to this aim by having 160 sessions
exploring a wide range of aspects of the Natural World, the
interaction of nature with human civilisation, and the changes of
nature throughout the period. This year, the Congress will open with
two plenary lectures, each of which aims to prompt a debate that we
hope will run all the way through the Congress. Oliver Rackham
(University of Cambridge) will lead off with a lecture entitled 'What
Was the Natural World in Medieval Europe?', followed by a lecture by
Richard C. Hoffmann (York University) on 'Nature and Culture, Culture
and Nature in the Middle Ages and Medieval Studies'. In addition to
that, there will be a number of lunchtime lectures focussing on the
changing faces of nature in the medieval period and in a wider
historical context.

The Natural World is only one of the many focuses of the IMC, and
discussion and events at this year's Congress will be by no means
limited to this theme: a total of 180 sessions and 13 round table
discussions and workshops will focus on the many aspects of medieval
studies not covered by the special thematic strand. We are, as
always, pleased to welcome the Medieval Academy to the IMC. This
year, Patrick J. Geary (University of California) will present the
annual Medieval Academy Lecture, entitled 'Language and Power in the
11th Century', which will be followed by a Medieval Academy reception.

1.2 Events and Excursions:
This year's selection of events includes workshops for singers and
dancers, musical and dramatic performances representing a range of
cultural backgrounds, and both a medieval food tasting and an ale and
beer tasting. For the first time, the IMC will host hands-on
workshops recreating medieval manuscript images and herbal remedies.
Excursions are led by experts in their field and often give
privileged access to areas not usually open to the public. This
year's excursions include visits to Bede's World, Bolton Castle,
Lincoln, Rievaulx, and the brand new Leeds Discovery Centre, as well
as an exciting post-Congress tour of South Wales and its dramatic
castles. Full details of all events and excursions are available in
the programme and through our website. Although Congress participants
will be given precedence, as all events and excursions are open to
the public, early booking is essential.

1.3 Post Congress Tour:
'From Gawain & Gerald to Glyndwr & Gothic!' - The Castles of South
Wales (11-14 July 2008, Ticket Price £445 for 4-days all inclusive)
Following the success of our two previous memorable tours of 2004
('The Welsh Castles of Edward I') and 2006 ('Scotland the Brave!: The
Castles and Battlefields of Central Scotland') this year we return to
Wales and the lands of the Marcher Lordships within which lie some of
the greatest castles in Britain. Kelly DeVries, Professor of the
Department of History, Loyola College, Maryland, and Robert C.
Woosnam-Savage, Curator of European Edged Weapons, Royal Armouries,
Leeds, are pleased to be able to offer another tour and will act,
once again, as guides for this excursion. This four day tour will
provide an opportunity to visit some of South Wales' finest built
medieval heritage, examining how it is both set apart and is yet
still part of 'The Natural World'. The itinerary includes: Carreg
Cennen, Barri Castle, Caerphilly Castle, Castell Coch, Pembroke
Castle, and Chepstow Castle amongst others. Prices include expert
guides, transport, entry to sites, individual site guide books, three
nights' accommodation (en suite), as well as breakfast, dinners and
packed lunches. This tour is open to Congress participants as well as
members of the public. We recommend that you reserve your place on
this excursion as early as possible.

1.4 Exhibitions & Book Fair
Once again, the Congress will feature more than 80 stands showcasing
the publications and other output from publishers, booksellers, and
academic departments from around the world in our annual four-day
Book Fair. Following the growing success of the Antiquarian and
Second-Hand Book Fair, it returns for another year. Delegates will
have the opportunity to browse the stalls on Sunday 6 and Monday 7

1.5 Craft Fair
This year the Congress will also host an exciting one-day Craft Fair
on Tuesday 8 July. Come and browse the unique selection of hand-made
items on offer!

1.6 Historical and Archaeological Societies Fair
Also for the first time, there will be an opportunity to meet some of
the many independent societies that work tirelessly within the UK to
preserve local and national history and archaeology. Representatives
will be on hand to discuss their work on Wednesday 9 July.

1.7 Printed Programme
The printed programme will be ready in February and a copy will be
sent to everybody actively involved in the IMC2008. A
publicly-available and fully-searchable online programme is
accessible at . The online
programme includes abstracts of all sessions.

Section 2: Looking Ahead
2.1 IMC 2009: 13-16 July 2009
The IMC seeks to provide an interdisciplinary forum for the
discussion of all aspects of medieval studies. Papers and sessions on
any topic or theme in the European Middle Ages are welcome. Each
Congress has one particular special thematic strand on an area of
interdisciplinary study in a wider context. However, this strand is
not intended to be an exclusive and submissions from all spheres of
medieval research, in any major European language, are welcome.
In 2009, to commemorate the 800th anniversary of the launch of the
Albigensian Crusade the International Medieval Congress has the
special thematic focus 'Heresy and Orthodoxy'. Unity of the Christian
faith is one of the defining features of the period known as the
Middle Ages. Such was the power of the ideal that in 1209 an army
could be raised purportedly to eliminate religious dissent. Once seen
as a marginal question, the definitions of heretical and orthodox are
now considered central to the medieval world view. The attempt to
produce a single construction of heresy belies the irreducible
plurality of medieval institutions and cultures. Research has made us
not only better informed about religious movements such as the
Cathars, Lollards, and Hussites, but also revealed the close
connection between the conversion process, religious enthusiasm, and

Heresy and orthodoxy also played an important part in inter-faith
relations with some western Christians dismissing Eastern Orthodoxy,
Judaism, and Islam as heretical deviations. And yet the enforcement
of correct doctrine was also a concern among all these communities
and papers are particularly welcome looking at religious dissent
within medieval Islam, Judaism, and Eastern Orthodoxy. Finally, in
the wake of heresy came persecution with the western Inquisition
developing into the prototype for many modern mechanisms of
ideological control.

Aspects of this theme include:

* The legacy of conversion
* Dissent in early monasticism
* Heresy and universities
* Heresy in eastern and central Europe
* Spreading ideas: networks and the diffusion of heresy
* Depicting the heretic in writing and image
* The gendering of religious dissent
* Crusading as religious enforcement
* Pastoral care and inquisition
* Heresy as 'choice'
* The 'left wing' of orthodoxy
* From heresy to Reformation?
* Witchcraft and magic
* Terrorists or freedom fighters? The 'heretic' in modern and
medieval writing.

We prefer proposals to be completed online - a quick, easy, and
secure method. Paper proposals must be submitted by 31 August 2008;
Session proposals must be submitted by 30 September 2008. The IMC
welcomes session and paper proposals submitted in all major European

2.2 IMC Diary Dates
? IMC 2008 Registration Deadline: 14 May 2008
? IMC 2008: Special Thematic Strand 'The Natural World': 7-10 July 2008
? IMC 2009 Paper Proposals Deadline: 31 August 2008
? IMC 2009 Session Proposals Deadline: 30 September 2008
? IMC 2009: Special Thematic Strand 'Heresy and Orthodoxy': 13-16 July 2009
? IMC 2010: 12-15 July 2010
? IMC 2011: 11-14 July 2011
? IMC 2012: 9-12 July 2012
? IMC 2013: 8-11 July 2013

Section 3: About the Institute for Medieval Studies at the University of Leeds
3.1 Teaching and Research
Having just celebrated the 40th anniversary of medieval studies in
Leeds last year, the IMS continues to go from strength to strength.
IMS research spans all across Europe, from Late Antiquity to the end
of the Middle Ages, from Iceland to Africa and the Middle East. Areas
of specialisation include liturgy and music; the Mediterranean
(Islam, the Crusades); cultural history of the post-Roman period;
mission, monasticism, ecclesiastical history, and archaeology;
historical topography; art history, and critical theory. Leeds is
noted for medieval languages and their associated literatures: in
addition to Latin and Old English, Leeds caters for Old Norse,
Arabic, Hebrew, Old High German, Italian, French, and Spanish
. The Institute's links with
the Royal Armouries provide a rich environment for teaching and
research on chivalry, arms, armour, tournaments, medieval warfare,
and the archaeology of battle.

The Institute's community includes some forty scholars from
constituent Schools and partner institutions, together with a nucleus
of medievalists within the Institute who work alongside the
interdisciplinary teams that produce the Bibliography and organise
the Congress. The Bibliography and Congress attract international
visitors and lecturers, who contribute to the Institute's lively
programme of seminars, lectures, and a year long programme of
excursions and events . The
co-location of postgraduate teaching and research with the
International Medieval Bibliography and Congress provides a milieu
wherein students have the opportunity to gain practical as well as
academic experience. Links with heritage bodies and museums enable

Leeds University's Brotherton Library is one of the UK's leading
resources for medievalists, including a substantial holding of
medieval manuscripts . On the
campus edge is the archive of the Yorkshire Archaeological Society,
which contains a rich collection of regional medieval material. For
students of architecture and landscape, the great Cistercian abbey of
Kirkstall is nearby, whilst the castles, abbeys, landscapes, and
settlements of Yorkshire itself are on the city's doorstep.

3.2 International Medieval Bibliography: Call for Contributors
The International Medieval Bibliography (IMB), based at Leeds since
1967, is a multi-disciplinary database of Medieval Studies which
helps underpin the work of the IMC. Now, after the implementation of
the IMBOnline, the bibliography is working to greatly expand its
coverage of publications. To this end, the editorial team is looking
for individuals or organisations to become contributors to join its
existing range of partners throughout the world. Contributors take
responsibility for identifying and cataloguing publications relating
to specific subject or geographical areas, and are rewarded with free
subscriptions to IMB (online or print), other free publications and
other benefits. Contributors are sought who are based in the USA,
France, Germany, Italy, Sweden, Russia, Portugal, Israel, Lithuania,
Greece, Cyprus, Latvia, Romania, and the Arab world, particularly
with interests in archaeology, art, regional and local history, and
vernacular languages. If you are interested in becoming a
contributor, contact the editor, Dr Alan V. Murray, at

3.3 Membership of the Institute
Membership of the IMS offers medievalists priority access to IMC
information and bookings and discounts on IMC registration and titles
produced by Brepols academic publishers. Members also receive one
free book per year from the Brepols back catalogue. There are two
levels of membership: Affiliate and Associate. Associate members can
avail of access to the IMB, either on-line or in a printed edition.
For full details and how to join today, visit

Heroic Age Calls for Papers

Call for Papers

The Heroic Age accepts papers on any topic within the geographical
(Northwestern Europe) and temporal (300-1200) boundaries of the
journal at any time. Submissions should be sent to Larry J. Swain,

Below are plans for special, themed sections in upcoming issues.
The call for Issue 12 has been extended.

The Heroic Age Issue 12: Early Medieval Languages and Linguistics
(Spring 2008)

The Heroic Age invites submissions on any aspect of Late Antique or
Early Medieval languages and linguistics. Topics may include (but
are not limited to): place name studies; vocabulary borrowed from
different languages (such as William Sayers exploration of the
borrowing of nautical vocabulary from Norse in Issue 8 of The
Heroic Age); growth of vernacular languages; the influence of Latin
on vernacular; vernacular influence on Latin; runes; ogam; editions
or translations of little known texts or inscriptions; the use or
mis-use of Greek or Hebrew.

Submissions will be received at any time, no later than February 10,
2007. Submissions should be sent to Larry Swain,

The Heroic Age Issue 13: Early Medieval Manuscripts: Use and Abuse
(July 2008)

The Heroic Age invites submissions exploring the use or abuse of
Late Antique and Early Medieval manuscripts. Studies of individual
manuscripts, or the influence of disparate manuscripts on a
particular text, the peculiar travels of a manuscript(s), and other
studies are encouraged and welcome.

Submissions will be received at any time, no later than April 1,
2008. Submissions should be sent to Larry Swain,

The Heroic Age, Issue 14: Law and Legal Culture in the Early Middle

Guest Editor: Andrew Rabin, University of Louisville

The Heroic Age invites submissions for a special issue on law and
legal culture in the early middle ages. We construe the subject of
this issue broadly, and we are eager to receive submissions
representing a variety of perspectives, methodologies, national or
ethnic cultures, and disciplines. Possible topics include (but are
not limited to): royal legislation, legal manuscripts, law in/and
literature, legal procedure, charters and diplomatics, writs and
wills, dispute resolution, theories of law and justice, canon law,
editing medieval law, law and philosophy, perceptions of medieval law
in later periods, law in/and art, international law, and intersections
between medieval Asian and European legal traditions. We welcome
traditional philological and historicist approaches, as well as those
informed by modern critical theory.

Prospective contributors should feel free to contact Andrew Rabin
( if they have any questions.

Articles should be 7000 words including bibliography and endnotes, and
conform to The Heroic Age's in-house style. Instructions may be found
at All submissions will be
reviewed by two readers according to a double-blind policy. All
submissions should be sent to The deadline for
submission is August 1st, 2008.

This issue will also include a second special section on Early
Medieval Studies and Modern Theory, title to yet be determined.
The section is being edited and compiled currently by Eileen Joy
and will include papers from members of the BABEL project.

Future Plans: Issue 15: Ten Year Anniversary Issue: The World of
Late Antique Britain

For our ten year anniversary The Heroic Age is revisiting
its first issue in a way. Our first issue dealt with the Matter of
Arthur. Issue 15 will have three sections: One section is
historical and would examine the world of Late Antique Britain,
connections with the rest of the continent in Late Antiquity, and
new views of the Adventus Saxonum. The second section will examine
Arthur and Arthurian literature. The third section will include
studies of "under studied" early medieval authors stressing the
early period and stressing Irish and British authors.

The Heroic Age is an on-line, peer-reviewed academic journal hosted by
the Memorial University of Newfoundland. It focuses on Northwestern
Europe during the early medieval period (from the late 4th through
12th centuries). We seek to foster dialogue between all scholars of
this period across ethnic and disciplinary boundaries, including-but
not limited to-history, archeology, and literature pertaining to the

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Friday, January 11, 2008

Dr. Tim Graham

Two bits of news concerning fellow-member Tim Graham:

1) Cornell has just published Introduction to Manuscript Studies, co-authored by Tim and Raymond Clemens. For more details point your browser at

2) Tim will also be offering his four-week intensive graduate seminar on Paleography and Codicology, which will be open to applicants from other campuses, as it was in 2006. Details to follow in a future mailing.

I just received the book from Cornell and it looks fabulous, and I could never say enough good about Dr. Graham.

Dictionary of Old English: A to G online

Dear Colleagues,

The Dictionary of Old English project announces with joy
the release of the first online version of DOE: A to G in
December 2007. Highlights of the new publication include:
the first release of the letter G, as well as revisions of
the seven previously published letters; a more powerful
search engine which enables Boolean searches on two or more
fields of a DOE entry as well as Boolean searches within a
single field; the hotlinking of Latin short titles
to their bibliographic references; and, most excitingly,
the hotlinking to the OED (as long as your university has
access to the online OED) for those Old English words which
have a later history.

DOE: A to G online is distributed by site license both to
institutions ($200 per year) and individuals ($75 per year).
Further information is available at the DOE website:

All best,
Toni Healey

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Congrats to Dan O'Donnell

Dan O'Donnell's recent book, Cædmon's Hymn: A Multimedia Study, Archive, and Edition (D. S. Brewer in assn. with SEENET and the Medieval Academy, 2005) won Honorable mention in the MLA's Prize for a Distinguished Scholarly Edition (they only designate two such).

The Committee's Citation for O'Donnell's book reads:

The three descriptive terms in the subtitle suggest what makes this
brief, but landmark, work so significant. Daniel Paul O'Donnell has
produced a distinguished study and edition of a text that is a
foundational one in the Old English literary canon, to which he has
added an archive of the surviving witnesses, comprehending all previous
work and adding significantly to it. The accompanying CD-ROM includes
not only the book's materials but also much additional editorial
material of the greatest scholarly value for studying the manuscripts in
detail, presenting color facsimiles of most of the witnesses. The
digital and the paper-based works are conceptually integrated, and both
are meticulous, thorough, and intellectually impressive.