Online Symposium: Medieval Travel – Harlaxton Medieval Symposium 2021


Register on Eventbrite here.

For a timetable of sessions, speakers, and papers, click here

Registration fee: £15 (students £10) for the five full days.

For registrants with a password from Eventbrite: click here for full conference information and materials.

For registrants with a password (which can be found in your confirmation email from Eventbrite), click here for full conference information and materials:  Medieval Travel registrants’ area

Provisional timetable:

Monday, 26 July:

2.30 – 4.00 PM            Session 1A      Travel Writing 

Welcome:  Martha Carlin

Martha Driver:  Mandeville in the Twenty-First Century

Nicholas Orme: William Worcester: Traveller and Collector

5.00 – 6.30 PM            Session 1B       Images and Travel

Lynda Dennison: Travelling Artists and Travelling Books         

Nicholas Rogers: Visual Souvenirs of the Emperor Sigismund’s Visit to England in 1416

8.00 – 9.30 PM            Session 1C       Pamela Tudor-Craig Memorial Lecture

Julia Boffey: Richard Arnold’s Book

Tuesday, 27 July:

2.30 – 4.00 PM            Session 2A      Maps

Alfred Hiatt: Maps and Travel

David Harrison: A Road Map of Medieval England

5.00 – 6.30 PM            Session 2B       Sources for Travel (panel)

Robert Swanson: Visitation and Church Court Records

Joel Rosenthal: Proofs of Age

Joanna Mattingly: Churchwardens’ Accounts

David Harrap: Travel Coffers 

Anthony Gross: Three Travel Objects

8.00 – 9.30 PM            Session 2C       Student posters I

Wednesday, 28 July:

2.30 – 4.00 PM            Session 3A      Inns

Martha Carlin: Inns, Horses, and Stabling

Laura Wright: Inn Clusters in London in the Fifteenth Century

5.00 – 6.30 PM            Session 3B       Entertainment and Travel

Simon Polson: Travelling Minstrels 

Alexandra Johnston: Travelling Entertainers and Their Patrons: York, 1446-9

8.00 – 9.30 PM            Session 3C       Student posters II

Thursday, 29 July:

2.30 – 4.00 PM            Session 4A      Travel and the Body

Carole Rawcliffe: ‘Do not stop at Famagusta’: Travel and Health in the Later Middle Ages

Kelcey Wilson-Lee: Travel and Childbirth

5.00 – 6.30 PM            Session 4B       Women Travellers

Anthony Bale: Margery Kempe and the Female Traveller in the Later Middle Ages

Bart Lambert and Josh Ravenhill: Travelled Women in the Capital: Opportunities for Immigrant Women in London during the Later Middle Ages

8.00 – 9.30 PM            Session 4C       Poster Judging & Book Launch            

Judging of student posters 

Launch of Harlaxton Medieval Symposia volume(s) 

Friday, 30 July:

2:30 – 4:00 PM            Session 5A      Travel Wonders

Alan Thacker: Travels of St Wulfram

Shayne Legassie: Botanical Wonder and Medieval Travel

5:00 – 6:30 PM            Session 5B       Travel and the Exotic

Melanie Taylor: In Search of the Exotic: Visual Evidence of Knowledge and Trade in Simians, Birds, and Wingless Dragons

Kate Franklin: From Marvels to Motels: Imagined and Infrastructural Worlds of the Silk Road Travel

Final words: Caroline Barron


Published by Ellie Wilson

Ellie Wilson holds a First Class Honours in the History of Art from the University of Bristol, with a particular focus on Medieval Florence. In 2020 she achieved a Distinction in her MA at The Courtauld Institute of Art, where she specialised in the art and architecture of Medieval England under the supervision of Dr Tom Nickson. Her dissertation focussed on an alabaster altarpiece, and its relationship with the cult of St Thomas Becket in France and the Chartreuse de Vauvert. Her current research focusses on the artistic patronage of London’s Livery Companies immediately pre and post-Reformation. Ellie will begin a PhD at the University of York in Autumn 2021 with a WRoCAH studentship, under the supervision of Professor Tim Ayers and Dr Jeanne Nuechterlein.

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