Online Course: IUS ILLUMINATUM: Legal Illuminated Manuscripts Between Art, History and Literature (29 August – 9 September 2022)

The IUS ILLUMINATUM International Summer Course will take place under the purview of the “Escola de Verão” of the  Faculdade de Ciências Sociais e Humanas (FCSH) of the NOVA University in Lisbon 2022 on the topic: Legal Illuminated Manuscripts Between Art, History and Literature. The course will run online from 29 August to 09 September 2022

The course organized by the members of the IUS ILLUMINATUM Research Team, hosted by the Instituto de Estudos Medievais (IEM) in the NOVA School of Social Sciences and Humanities of Lisbon, aims to complement the training of future researchers in Art History, Medieval History and Literature and to provide students with an introduction to the production of illuminated legal manuscripts in medieval Europe (5th -15th centuries) by an interdisciplinary approach.

Further details regarding the Summer Course inscriptions can be found on the NOVA School of Social Sciences and Humanities of Lisbon website: Applications are open from July 18th to August 7th 2022. Any questions can be directed to:


  • 29 August: O estudo dos manuscritos jurídicos iluminados: uma introdução histórica e metodológica
    Maria Alessandra Bilotta (IEM-NOVA/FCSH)
  • 30 August: Legal Books in Late Antiquity: Types, Forms, Functions
    Serena Ammirati (Università Roma Tre)
  • 31 August: Os manuscritos jurídicos iluminados no Sul da França (seculos XIII-XIV): produção e circulação na Peninsula Ibérica
    Maria Alessandra Bilotta
  • 1 September: The Illumination of Legal Manuscripts in Bologna, ca. 1150-1350
    Gianluca del Monaco (Alma Mater Studiorum – Università di Bologna)
  • 2 September: Las Siete Partidas de Alfonso X de Castilla. Texto e imagen a través de los manuscritos
    Jorge Prádanos Fernández (Universidad Complutense de Madrid)
  • 5 September: Content and Production of Vernacular Legal Manuscripts from Medieval Western Scandinavia
    Stefan Andreas Drechsler (University of Bergen)
  • 6 September: La colección de manuscritos jurídicos del Archivo Capitular de Toledo: origen, evolución y códices iluminados singulares
    Jaime Moraleda Moraleda (Universidad de Castilla – La Mancha)
  • 7 September: Garabatos marginales: Desde el códice a los muros carcelarios medievales
    Jorge Jiménez López (Universidad de Zaragoza) & Maria Alessandra Bilotta
  • 8 September: Justicia divina y Justicia Local. Marcos monumentales en el ámbito hispano
    Jorge Jiménez López
  • 9 September: Rastros da legislação de Alfonso X na lírica galego-portuguesa
    Fabio Barberini (Universitat de Girona)

Published by Blair Apgar

Blair (they/them) recently completed their PhD in History of Art at the University of York with Hanna Vorholt and Amanda Lillie. Their thesis focused on the role of Matilda of Canossa in the sociopolitical development of the Investiture Controversy, and its relationship to Matilda’s material patronage. As an early career researcher, their work aims to unpack the historiographic construction of powerful medieval women’s legacies. They are also interested in the representation of the Middle Ages in modern media.

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