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Programme 2017



9:30-10:00 Arrival and welcome

10:00-12:00 (Session 1) Travel, translation and transformation: From the margins to the Centre of the court


Eneas from Margin to Centre: Exile and Foreignness in the Roman d’Eneas

Chimène Bateman

From the Margins to the Centre: The Depiction of Parent-Child Relations in Erex saga Artuskappa and Erec et Enide

Katherine Olley

Wish You Were Here? Travel and Lifestyle Aspiration in the Burgundian mises en prose

Rebecca Dixon


12:00-13:30 Lunch


13:30-15:30 (Session 2) Marginalised figures: power, gender and authority in courtly narratives


Marginalised, replaced, or forgotten? The changing role of Melior in Guillaume de Palerne

Eleanor Hodgson

Guile and Gullibility: Politics of Authority and Submission in the Arthurian persecuted maiden archetypes

Chandrica Barua

Messengers in Late Middle English Literature

Jiazhu Hu


15:30-16:00 Break


16:00-17:00 Business Meeting


17:15-19:00: Round table (in conjunction with SAIMS seminar series)


Presenters: Dr Craig Taylor, Dr Sarah Carpenter, Prof. Bettina Bildhauer.


20:00 Conference Dinner (The Dolls House, 3 Church Square)




9:00-11:00 (Session 3) Peripheries, networks and marginal spaces


Thinking with the Mountain: Courtly Margins and Networks in Le Paradis de la reine Sibylle

Miranda Griffin

The Connected Court: Networking Caerleon in Medieval Welsh and French Texts

Matthew Lampitt

Giant killing, law making and the Anglocentric history of Britain: Tristan as Arthur’s symbolic heir in the romances of Thomas and Gottfried von Strassburg

Adrian Stevens


11:00-11:30 Break


11:30-13:00 (Session 4) Politics and the space of the court


The geography of the court in France and Occitania: spaces, audiences and the question of crusading propaganda

Linda Paterson

The Court of Sicily at the Margins of Revolt: Bertran de Born and King William II of Sicily

Patricia Gilles

13:00-14:00 Lunch


14:00-15:30 (Session 5) The marginal and the manuscript: genre, form and playfulness


Invitations to Jousting: Royal Letter Book EUL MS 183

Philip Bennett

The lewd and the moralistic within Ipomedon: the testimony of BL Cotton MS Vespasian A VII’s margins to medieval censorship and reader’s interest

Marco Prost

15:30-16:30 Special Collections Visit