New Publication: Alfonso X of Castile-León: Royal Patronage, Self-Promotion and Manuscripts in Thirteenth-century Spain, by Kirstin Kennedy

Alfonso X ‘the Learned’ of Castile (1252–1284) was praised in his lifetime as a king who devoted himself to discovering all worldly and divine knowledge. He commissioned chronicles and law codes and composed poems to the Virgin Mary, he gathered together Jewish scholars to translate works of Arab astrology and astronomy, and he founded aContinue reading “New Publication: Alfonso X of Castile-León: Royal Patronage, Self-Promotion and Manuscripts in Thirteenth-century Spain, by Kirstin Kennedy”

CfP: Bodies in flux: Rewriting the Body in Medieval Literature, Art, and Culture 1000-1450, University of Warwick, 20th May 2017,

Deadline for abstract submission: 15th December 2016   Keynote Speakers: Dr Miranda Griffin (St Catharine’s College, Cambridge), Dr Robert Mills (UCL), Dr Debra Strickland (University of Glasgow)  What is it to have a body? And to experience change and transformation through that body? This interdisciplinary conference asks what the transformation of the body means for theContinue reading “CfP: Bodies in flux: Rewriting the Body in Medieval Literature, Art, and Culture 1000-1450, University of Warwick, 20th May 2017,”

Call for Papers: Biennial London Chaucer Conference: Science, Magic and Technology (London, 10-12 July 2015)

Call for Papers: Biennial London Chaucer Conference: Science, Magic and Technology London, Senate House, Institute of English Studies, 10-12 July 2015 Deadline: 1 September 2014 Papers are sought on all aspects of ‘Science, Magic and Technology’ in late medieval literature and culture and particularly within Chaucer studies. Approaches might include: The presentation of scientific ideas in mythContinue reading “Call for Papers: Biennial London Chaucer Conference: Science, Magic and Technology (London, 10-12 July 2015)”

Conference: Sensory Perception and the Medieval World, UCL

Participants will consider the ways in which we understand and interpret written, printed, and physical materials from the early medieval period. This is enhanced by the growing availability of digital resources which enhance the potential for visual perception while reducing the opportunity to use other senses for interpretation. At the same time, scholarship is becomingContinue reading “Conference: Sensory Perception and the Medieval World, UCL”

Call for Papers: The Face of Battle in Medieval History and Literature

In recent years there has been a revolution in the study of medieval warfare.  Traditional paradigms that emphasised pitched battles and the charge of heavily armed mounted knights have given way to a focus upon sieges and raids, as well as a more nuanced understanding of medieval generalship and of the place of war withinContinue reading “Call for Papers: The Face of Battle in Medieval History and Literature”