On display in Rooms 51 and 51B in the Museo del Prado’s Villanueva Building is an exhibition on Master Mateo and his work for the cathedral in Santiago de Compostela, co-organised with the Real Academia Gallega de Bellas Artes, and the Fundación Catedral de Santiago. The exhibition brings together an exceptional group of fourteen works that were removed in the past from their original location (the west façade and choir) and are now housed in the cathedral museum and in different institutions and private collections. Notable among them are the recently restored sculptures of David and Solomon, and a Statue-column of a male figure holding a cartouche that was found last October inside the cathedral’s south tower, a discovery that represents an enormous advance in our knowledge of Master Mateo’s activities in the cathedral of Santiago de Compostela. The exhibition also offers visitors the chance to access material that provides a context for the works on display through the tablets made available thanks to sponsorship by Samsung as a technological collaborator of the Museum.
Deadline for Abstracts: 20 February 2017
This two-day conference will explore the importance of diplomacy in a bishop’s career. How bishops responded to situations was often crucial to building or destroying their reputations, and, sometimes, their very lives depended on their ability to exercise their diplomatic skills.
This conference aims to explore the common themes regarding the use and development of diplomacy in a bishop’s career; how and when was it deployed, and in what circumstances? What impact did the Gregorian Reforms and Investiture Crisis have on this aspect of a bishop’s skill-set?
Most importantly, how do we see diplomacy expressed? As well as through legal agreements and treaties, we would like to explore the role of diplomacy in other areas, including but not limited to: the architecture of the Cathedrals and Bishop’s Palaces, the various uses of the landscape, the visual elements within manuscripts that bishops patronised, the types of gifts given and exchanged; the choice of special dates and feast days to mark particular events.
Abstracts of 200 words in length, in English, should be emailed to email@example.com with the subject line “POB III ABSTRACT”. Register via http://powerofthebishop.blogspot.co.uk/p/registration.html
‘Lost in Transformation: Early Medieval Sculpture and National Narratives in Croatia’
The London Society for Medieval Studies is hosting a lecture on Tuesday evening, November 29th, at 7.00pm in the Wolfson Room (NB01), IHR Basement, Senate House (located on Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU)
All those who are interested in Medieval Studies are very welcome to attend the lecture.
On the occasion of Black Friday Brepols offersyou these 20 books for only € 20 each.
Place your order now as this offer is only valid from 25 to 27 November 2016 and only applicable for orders placed on the brepols webshop.
The Vatican Necropoles
Rome’s City of the Dead
- Liverani, G. Spinola, P. Zander
€ 95 > € 20
This is the first published summary of the entire complex of the great necropoles of Rome, which were situated on Vatican Hill.
Interdisciplinary Reflections on the Medieval Sermon
Edited by G. Donavin, C. J. Nederman, R. Utz
€ 60 > € 20
This anthology of essays reveals how sermons impact upon a range of disciplines, and how the methodologies of different disciplines inform sermons.
LIVING IN THE CITY
Elites and their Residences, 1500-1900
Edited by P. Janssens, J. Dunne
Series: Studies in European Urban History (1100-1800)
€ 65 > € 20
Focussing on the most basic aspect of urban living, this collection is concerned with the study of the places and types of residence of urban elites.
Les actes comme expression du pouvoir au Haut Moyen Age
Actes de la Table Ronde de Nancy
Edited by M.-J. Gasse-Grandjean, B.-M. Tock
Series: Atelier de recherche sur les textes médiévaux
€ 50 > € 20
Actes de la Table Ronde de Nancy, 26-27 novembre 1999
Illuminating the Law
Illuminated Legal Manuscripts in Cambridge Collections
- L’Engle, R. Gibbs
Series: Studies in Medieval and Early Renaissance Art History
€ 96 > € 20
This catalogue offers introductory essays on the making and the use of medieval legal manuscripts in Cambridge collections, in order to call attention to the illuminated legal texts as splendidly decorated medieval manuscripts.
Making and breaking the rules: succession in medieval Europe, c. 1000-c.1600
Etablir et abolir les normes: La succession dans l’Europe médiévale, vers 1000-vers 1600
Edited by F. Lachaud, M. Penman
Series: Histoires de famille. La parenté au Moyen Age
€ 55 > € 20
Proceedings of the colloquium held on 6-7-8 April 2006. Actes de la conférence tenue les 6, 7 et 8 avril 2006, Institute of Historical Research (University of London).
Les élites au haut moyen âge
Crises et renouvellements
Edited by F. Bougard, L. Feller, R. Le Jan
Series: Haut Moyen Âge
€ 65 > € 20
L’ouvrage propose un objet d’étude fascinant et paradoxal à la fois, celui des crises et du renouvellement des élites au haut Moyen Âge.
The Order of the Golden Tree
The Gift-giving Objectives of Duke Philip The Bold of Burgundy
€ 70 > € 20
“Chattaway’s study is a profound one and solidly grounded in archival research, which is why it has earned a place in the prestigious Burgundica series”. (Bas Jongenelen in Sixteenth Century Journal, XXXIX/1, 2008, pp. 326-327)
Saints, Scholars, and Politicians
Gender as a Tool in Medieval Studies
Edited by M. van Dijk, R. I.A. Nip
Series: Medieval Church Studies
€ 45 > € 20
The essays within this volume critique and evaluate the use of gender as a major analytical tool in medieval studies.
Kleine Schriften zu den Konzilsakten des 7. Jahrhunderts
Series: Instrumenta Patristica et Mediaevalia
€ 78,10 > € 20
A collection of 22 articles by the author published in widely differing outlets in the period 1976-1996.
The Ways of Jewish Martyrdom
Series: Cursor Mundi
€ 85 > € 20
“Enlisting a wealth of sources, the author attempts to explain the valorization of martyrdom as a cultural norm in medieval Jewish communities of Germany, France and England.” (Susan L. Einbinder, in: The Medieval Review, 09.02.06)
Liberté et progrès chez Origène
Series: Monothéismes et Philosophie
€ 60 > € 20
Le travail de Georges Lekkas est unique, en ce qu’il construit une thèse qui suit parfaitement le rythme de l’élaboration origénienne et qui décrit l’évolution progressive du réseau argumentatif.
La Salle aux Trésors
Chefs-d’œuvre de l’art Roman et Mosan
Edited by C. Dumortier
Series: Royal Museums for Art and History, Brussels / French version
€ 55 > € 20
La Salle aux Trésors du Musée du Cinquantenaire présente des œuvres médiévales comptant parmi les plus belles, les plus précieuses et les plus rares conservées aux Musées Royaux d’Art et d’Histoire.
Livres et lectures de femmes en Europe entre moyen âge et renaissance
Edited by A.-M. Legaré
€ 120 > € 20
“Un ouvrage sérieux, érudit et varié (…).”
(Aladin. Le magazine des chineurs, N° 240, juin 2008)
A Catalogue Raisonné of Scientific Instruments from the Louvain School, 1530-1600
- Van Cleempoel
Series: De Diversis Artibus
€ 75 > € 20
This object-based study concentrates on scientific instruments made in Louvain between c. 1530 and c. 1600, a period in which the university fell from the peak of its importance into a state of decline.
Les Principautés dans l’Occident Médiéval
A l’origine des régions
Edited by B. Demotz
€ 61 > € 20
Cet ouvrage présente un panorama des fondations et de l’évolution des principautés afin d’évaluer une réalité historique encore trop sous-estimée, mais il se veut aussi une réflexion sur un des sujets fondamentaux de l’histoire politique.
Images de musiciens (1350-1500)
Typologies, figurations et pratiques sociales
Series: Epitome musical
€ 80 > € 20
“La force du livre, luxurieusement illustré, de Martine Clouzot est de montrer que les enluminures des manuscrits médiévaux, loin d’être une fenêtre ouverte sur le monde des musiciens, recodent une réalité déjà codée.” (L’Histoire, n° 329, mars 2008)
Le château, autour et alentours (XIVe – XVIe siècles)
Paysage, parc, jardin & domaine
Edited by J.-M. Cauchies, J. Guisset
€ 73 > € 20
Un château, c’est d’abord une bâtisse. Il y a un faisceau de composantes qui mériteront de capter, à travers textes, images et objets, l’oeil de l’historien, de l’historien de l’art et de l’archéologue.
Edited from the manuscripts with an introduction, notes and indices
Series: Studia Artistarum
€ 50 > € 20
This volume contains the first critical edition of a Spanish textbook on logic, found in the libraries of Sevilla and Zaragoza.
Manichaeism and Early Christianity
Edited by L. Cirillo, A. Van Tongerloo
Series: Manichaean Studies
€ 75 > € 20
On 23rd November 2016 Lloyd de Beer and Naomi Speakman from the British Museum once again kindly allowed staff and students from The Courtauld to look at objects from the museum’s store rooms, focused on the theme of light.
We looked at a number of objects associated with the production of light, including a Byzantine brass lamp and polycandelon. This led to a long discussion about the kinds of shadows such objects would produce, and the use of olive oil for lamps across the Mediterranean. How would other objects on the altar be affected by the light from candles or lamps, we wondered, especially in relation to transparent reliquaries such as this late 13th- or early 14th-century example.
We then examined a number of candlesticks, including this bronze base for a candestick, probably made in 13th-century England; a Limoges pricket candlestick, of a kind found across medieval Europe; and a 15th-century silver candlestick, one of a set of altar implements from the church of Vera Cruz in Medina del Pomar (Spain). We wondered about the relative costs of olive oil vs wax, and the potential for collection and reuse of dripped wax.
We also discussed the custom of lighting candles around cult images, as implied by this 13th-century seal from York, and the story of St Blaise and the two wax candles, as shown in this 16th-century French seal. Finally, we spent a long time puzzling over the BM’s extraordinary candle-stock. This is one of a pair (the other is in Jesus College, Cambridge), but is otherwise a unique survival. It is made of wax and is tapered like a candle, but is richly decorated and completely hollow, so could never function like a candle. Instead it seems to have been a kind of disguised support for a candle, one that would give the impression that very large (and expensive) candles were being burnt.
We were accompanied in this handling session by Dr Mikkel Bille, an anthropologist from the University of Roskilde, who gave a lecture the previous evening as part of The Courtauld’s 2016 Frank Davies Lecture Series on Light and Darkness, organised by Tom Nickson and Stefania Gerevini. We were also joined by two artists from Lumen Studios. This was the latest in a series of workshops organised through the ‘Medieval Touch‘ research group.
Relics, Identity, and Memory in Medieval Europe
Edited by M. Räsänen, G. Hartmann, E. J. Richards
ISBN 978-2-503-55502-7 BREPOLS PUBLISHERS
This volume contributes to current discussions of the place of relics in devotional life, politics, and identity-formation, by illustrating both the power which relics were thought to emanate as well as the historical continuity in the significance assigned to that power. Relics had the power to ‘touch’ believers not only as material objects, but also through different media that made their presence tangible and valuable. Local variants in relic-veneration demonstrate how relics were exploited, often with great skill, in different religious and political contexts. The volume covers both a wide historical and geographical span, from Late Antiquity to the early modern period, and from northern, central, and southern Europe.
The book focuses on textual, iconographical, archaeological, and architectural sources. The contributors explore how an efficient manipulation of the liturgy, narrative texts, iconographic traditions, and architectural settings were used to construct the meaningfulness of relics and how linguistic style and precision were critically important in creating a context for veneration. The methodology adopted in the book combines studies of material culture and close reading of textual evidence in order to offer a new multidisciplinary purchase on the study of relic cults.
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State-Rooms of Royal and Princely Palaces in Europe (14th-16th c.): Spaces, Images, Rituals – Lisbon/Sintra, 16-18 March 2017
Deadline: before 15 December 2016
From the fourteenth to the sixteenth century, European monarchies saw a gradual centralisation of power. This was accompanied by the dissemination of political ideas that contributed to the making of a new image of the prince, which relied on visual instruments to assert and construct the prince’s sovereign power.
Royal and princely residences were at the centre of this phenomenon. In these privileged spaces, the sovereign accommodated an expanding entourage, and received messengers and guests from other courts. Consequently, it was in these buildings that court society developed in the first place.
It is therefore not surprising that these palaces played an important part in the self-representation of the sovereign and his court, be it by the arrangement of the spaces and their permanent and ephemeral decoration, or by the common and extraordinary rituals that took place here.
In these spaces, designated state-rooms appeared to be vital for constructing an effective image of the monarchy. They were an essential, often architecturally separate part of the palatial structure. Their decors, particularly during ceremonies, reflected political interests and ambitions that were essential to the image of the prince. Outside such ceremonies, state-rooms frequently served as a meeting place of the court, or even as a point of interest to be seen and commented on by spectators and panegyrists.
By placing a particular emphasis on the decor of those state-rooms, this workshop aims to increase our insights into the relations between the architecture, decoration, and rituals of monarchical power in state-rooms from the late middle ages to the beginning of the early modern period.
A number of questions arise: What factors were involved in the choice of the decors? Which purposes did they serve, and who was the audience? What links did they establish with the space and ceremonies that took place? Who commissioned and created them? How were the decors described, interpreted, and commented on? And, taking into account questions put forward at a previous workshop in Münster, what part did heraldry play in these decors, and in the whole of other forms of representation of power?
The workshop will take place in Lisbon (Archeological Museum of the Carmelite Convent, in the old Carmelite church) and Sintra (Sintra National Palace) on 16-18 March 2017.
Papers can be presented in English or French. Proposals (500 words) and a short biographical account (max. 100 words) should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org before 15 December 2016. Successful applicants will be notified on 15 January 2017.
Second Fiddles in Medieval Rituals
Department for historical studies NTNU, Trondheim 20-22 September 2017
This conference addresses the role, status and performance of secondary actors in medieval rituals, thus enabling us to diversify and deepen our understanding of rituals in pre-modern societies. Although peripheral to the engineering and execution of rituals in a formal sense, the postures and actions of these ancillary players often made their participation vital for the success of the rituals’ primary agents. What roles did secondary actors play in medieval rituals and what were the deeper meanings ascribed to them? What relation did they have to central actors? Did they operate individually on their own volition or as representatives serving broader group interests? How freely could they maneuver within and influence the rituals in which they participated?
Although relegated to a subordinate tier within the formal hierarchy of ritual service, their role and status was not immutable. With every ritual came new opportunities for secondary actors to renegotiate the divisions of service. How and to what end did secondary actors alter their role, status and performance? Can we identify disruptions that challenged the hierarchies of ritual (coups, initiatives), and what was the meaning and purpose for restructuring ritual performances?
Above all, this conference seeks to trace the changing functions and performances of secondary actors over time and in relation to their evolving political and cultural contexts. In doing so, we will also explore the sources for reading medieval rituals, including codifications and narrative portrayals, and the manner in which these works’ authors depicted the role and status auxiliary ritual agents. While these are some of the suggested avenues for exploration, contributors are invited to enrich the topic with related themes of their choosing.
We welcome proposals for relevant papers, to be presented in English and roughly 20 minutes in length. Proposal should include the author’s name, affiliations and address, a brief author biography/CV and an abstract of roughly 500 words. All proposals will be reviewed by a scientific committee.
Proposals should be submitted to email@example.com no later than 31 March 2017. Notification of acceptance will be given on 28 April 2017. It is the intention of the organizers to publish the conference proceedings.
The Center for Eastern Mediterranean Studies (CEMS) at Central European
University and its junior members are proud to announce the forthcoming
Fifth International Graduate Conference on Building, Bending, and
Breaking Boundaries in the Eastern Mediterranean World.
This three-day conference invites graduate students of Late Antique, Islamic, Jewish,
Byzantine, Medieval, Ottoman studies, and related disciplines, to present their research on the manifold and complex processes of constructing, negotiating, transgressing, and subverting social, political, cultural, or confessional boundaries in the eastern Mediterranean from Antiquity to the Early Modern period.
What is a border? What are the sites and strategies of
boundary-construction and who are its agents? Boundaries shape and
forge categories by enforcement and reinforcement of power ingrained
within a built environment, conceptual or physical. Thus, they do not
necessarily indicate territorial margins, but can also embrace
theoretical, temporal, and metaphorical borders. They can be natural or
artificial, sharp or blurry; they can be understood in positive and/or
negative terms as means of protection or as instruments of exclusion;
and they can mark conceptual territories, such as “the human,” “the
holy,” “the family,” or “the natural world.” Triggered by new waves of
immigration, the meaningfulness of state borders and the necessity of
their control have been subject to debate, alongside questions
concerning the boundaries surrounding identities, cultures or
religions. Moving beyond the border of nation-states and the “clash of
civilizations” paradigm, the main objective of this conference is to
explore the historically contingent, fluid, and dynamic nature of
borders by shedding light on the intricate mechanisms through which
boundaries were erected, maintained, crossed, and transgressed
throughout the eastern Mediterranean world.
Possible paper topics might include, but are not limited to:
Border ontologies and epistemologies
Negotiating, contesting, and appropriating spaces – sites of cultural,
religious, social, political, economic, artistic encounters,
transformations, and exchange
The dynamics of borders and identities – the role of different sensory
mechanisms in (re)articulating communal boundaries and identities,
multiple identities and cultural mobility
Practices of representation – multisensory engagement with various
aspects of daily life, the anthropology of smells and sounds, sumptuary
restrictions on food
Bordering the body – the politicization of bodily images and the
genderization of conflicts
Geopolitics, power practices, sovereignty
Politics of translation as means of enforcement, representation, and/or
Please submit by January 31, 2017 a short paper proposal (no more than
250 words, together with a brief biography and contact information) to
the following address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Verena Krebs (Hebrew University of Jerusalem)
David Thomas (University of Birmingham)
Greg Woolf (Institute of Classical Studies, London)
Accommodation and Travel Grants
All participants will be offered accommodation for the full duration of
the conference (3 nights) at the CEU Residence Center. In order to
encourage the participation of individuals with limited institutional
support a small number of partial travel grants will be available to
cover travel expenses. Those who wish to be considered for the grant
should include an additional justification alongside their paper
proposals. Please note that there is no conference fee. For further
information, do not hesitate to contact the organizers at