Seminar: ‘The Patrons of the Percy Psalter-Hours’, Dr Eleanor Jackson

Tuesday 9 June 2020, 5.30pm

Speaker(s): Dr Eleanor Jackson is Curator of Illuminated Manuscripts at the British Library. She completed her PhD at the History of Art Department at the University of York in 2017.

In March 2019, the British Library acquired a late 13th-century book of hours of the Use of York known as the Percy Hours. This would be exciting enough on its own, but the British Library also holds its long-separated other half, the Percy Psalter, with which it originally formed a single-volume psalter-hours. This acquisition allowed the Library to reunite the two manuscript halves in the same institution for the first time in around 200 years.

The Percy Psalter-Hours is one of a relatively small number of devotional books for the laity surviving from 13th-century England, and probably the only example from York. It provides rare insight into a period of great change in book culture, when devotional books for the laity were growing in popularity and regional workshops for commercial book production were emerging around the country.

Despite its significance, the question of the manuscript’s patronage has never been satisfactorily answered. Scholars have long recognised that the original owners should be identifiable based on the portrait of a knight and lady with coats of arms on the Beatus page. While scholarly opinion has generally settled on Henry de Percy (d. 1314) and his wife Eleanor FitzAlan (d. 1328) as an approximate fit for the heraldry, there are serious problems with this identification. This paper, still a work in progress, presents a new identification of the patrons for your opinions and feedback.

The meeting will be held by Zoom. To join the meeting please sign up on this Google Form. Registration closes at 10am on the day itself. Participants will receive an email containing a link to the meeting once registration has closed. If you have any queries, please email

All Welcome! 

Location:  Online via Zoom

Organiser: Centre of Medieval Studies and the History of Art Department’s Medieval Art and Medievalisms Research School at the University of York

Category Crossings: Bruno Latour and Medieval Modes of Existence

rom_new_prDuke University Press is please to announce that the latest issue of Romanic Review, “Category Crossings: Bruno Latour and Medieval Modes of Existence,” is free to read online for the next three months (beginning May 6, 2020). Published by Columbia University, Romanic Review is a journal devoted to the study of Romance literatures that has been in publication since 1910.

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New Publication: Christ on the Cross

Christ on the Cross: The Boston Crucifix and the Rise of Monumental Wood Sculpture, 970-1200

Shirin Fozi and Gerhard Lutz, editors
Brepols Publishers


Please note a new publication by scholars Shirin Fozi And Gerhard Lutz. Volume 14 in the series Studies in the Visual Cultures of the Middle Ages, this publication provides a comprehensive view of the first generation of monumental crucifixes to appear in medieval Europe, which balances examinations of the history, theology, styles, and material properties of these evocative objects.

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New online exhibition! The Ministry of Works collection: Photographs and images from the Conway Library

The Courtauld has created a new online exhibition of photos from the Conway library, including a set of extraordinary photos taken in the aftermath of WWII. Medievalists will find much of interest here, including this striking photo of Private William Scollie of Chicago examining art works in the Siegen caves near Cologne in April 1945.

Online Resources through Les Enluminures

Les Enluminures, a gallery specializing in medieval illuminated manuscripts with locations in NYC, Chicago, and Paris, provides several digital resources for specialists, collectors, and the public alike to learn about medieval manuscripts. Here is a list of some of their online offerings:

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Begun in 2019, here you can listen to untold stories of medieval and Renaissance artworks, medieval manuscripts and jewelry. Join us for illuminating lectures, gallery talks, recent research, and interviews with collectors and scholars. Les Enluminures podcasts transform the past into the present.

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This is the oldest digital initiative of Les Enluminures, launched not quite twenty years ago. The online site dedicated to the description and sale of text manuscripts first appeared in September 2002. It offers the largest and most wide-ranging inventory of text manuscripts currently on the market. Beginning with Text Manuscript 1 (TM1), manuscripts on the site number well over 1,000. The majority belong to college and university libraries worldwide, and many have been the subject of scholarly study – articles, books, colloquia, and so forth. Fulfilling a service to the larger manuscript community, Les Enluminures maintains an Archive in which all sold manuscripts remain online for citation and study. New items are posted bi-annually, in the Fall and in the Spring.



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Begun in 2015, this occasional blog highlights what makes our text manuscripts particularly interesting and appealing to us. Here we explore what these books disclose about how they were made and used. We also share what we know of their most fascinating and unusual contents, makers, and owners. Some of our discoveries are quite significant, some merely amusing, and some bizarre. Some blogs spill over into other areas of our inventory, like Books of Hours and miniatures. All medieval manuscripts have much to reveal to their attentive modern audiences.


To learn more about Les Enluminure’s resources, as well as to see their available artworks, please visit their website.


CFP: Materiality and Conversion

Materiality and Conversion: The Role of Material and Visual Cultures in the Christianization of the Latin West

November 30 – December 1, 2020

The Center for Early Medieval Studies at Masaryk University invites you to submit to their call for papers on material and visual culture in the early medieval Mediterranean. Please submit your proposals by May 30, 2020.



Online Resources for Teaching Art History

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In light of our current global crisis, most of us are facing drastic changes to every area of our lives—including how we study art and interact with teachers, students, and colleagues. The International Center of Medieval Art (ICMA) has pulled together a fantastic master list of online resources for art history academics and enthusiasts.

Browse blog posts, Youtube videos, power points, and more. Find content but also tips and tricks on how to learn online. And always remember, learning art history is supposed to be fun!

Tomorrow: Online Lecture by Silsila at NYU

Measure & Meaning: A Conversation

Presented by Silsila: Center for Material Histories

New York University

Date: Thursday, April 30th
Time: 6:00-8:00pm EST
Location: Online

The idea of measure is intrinsic to the idea of modernity itself, often seen as an index of the quantitative values that underpin scientific rationalism. However, a transcultural and trans-regional perspective suggests a much more complicated relationship between qualitative and quantitative dimensions of measure.  This conversation explores the meanings of measure and its centrality to forms of social practice in pre- and early modern Europe and the Islamic world.

This event will take place as a live Webinar at 6pm EDT (New York time). To register as an attendee, please visit Silsila’s website. Registration is required.

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RSVP for Materiality and the Virtual, a virtual symposium

The MARGIN (Medieval and Renaissance Graduate Interdisciplinary Network) team at New York University cordially invite you to attend their first-ever virtual symposium! Tune in to this highly relevant symposium, Materiality and the Virtual, this Friday, May 1. RSVP is required to receive the link to the Zoom conference call. Please click here to RSVP.



Deadline Extended! CFP: Within and Without the Manuscript

Within and without the manuscript: interactions between illumination and the other arts

Université de Lausanne

October 22nd-23rd, 2020

Due April 19, 2020 May 22, 2020

Since at least the 1960s, book illumination has been fully recognized as an important sector of the arts and as an integral part of the historical studies of the book. The study of this branch takes place not only in libraries and archives, but also in universities, with dedicated chairs and specific journals, as well as its own research institutes and congresses. However, the increasing specialisation should not make us forget that this field of artistic production has never been isolated from the others.

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