Lecture: ‘Dead Reckoning: The Material Legacy of Eudes of Nevers (d.1266)’, Anne Lester, UCL and Online, 17th March 2022, 17:30-19:00 (GMT)

IHR European History 1100-1550 Lecture Series: Hybrid Meeting – UCL, Cruciform Lecture Theatre 2 & Online via zoom 

On 7 August 1266 the crusading Count Eudes of Nevers died in Acre.  Eudes had come to Outremer in 1265 to aid the permanent French garrison maintained in the city, known as the stependarii.  At the time of his death and in the months that followed three knights who served as his legal executors drew up a detailed inventory of his personal and household goods, tallied his accounts, and paid off his final debts. No doubt such accounting was routine for men like Eudes who lived and died in the east, away from home and family. The survival of such records, however, is rare if unprecedented. Five parchments rolls, now in the Archives nationales in Paris, shed light the contents of his wardrobe, kitchens, pantry, stables, and chapel, and list the pay he owed to over three dozen men in his employ, the value of the clothes and textiles he possessed and the jewels, relics, and personal items he treasured. My talk begins with an introduction to these texts and offers a close reading of the material world of an aristocratic crusader in the mid-thirteenth century. Reconstructing Eudes’s material life also means reckoning with the extravagant wealth a crusader of his stature carried into the east and thus considering the function of objects: their role as stores of wealth, mechanisms of patronage, affectations of masculinity, performances of power, and markers of piety. My remarks also address the potentials and limitations of a material methodology and our discipline’s current reckonings with ‘materiality’.

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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.

2 thoughts on “Lecture: ‘Dead Reckoning: The Material Legacy of Eudes of Nevers (d.1266)’, Anne Lester, UCL and Online, 17th March 2022, 17:30-19:00 (GMT)

  1. Sorry but it is impossible to complete the IHR form as there is no place to tick off the last q.

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