Kingship and the Bible in the Middle Ages

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'Kingship and the Bible in the Middle Ages' is being hosted in association with Oxford Medieval Studies (OMS) sponsored by The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities (TORCH), the Faculty of History (University of Oxford) and The Society for the Study of Medieval Languages and Literature.

All participants must register with Simon John ( by Tuesday 1 March. When registering, please provide details of your institutional affiliation, status (postgraduate or post-doctoral) and any dietary requirements. A number of £50 travel bursaries are available to enable postgraduates to attend. Postgraduate attendees need not be giving a paper to qualify for a bursary.



9.30am: Arrival and registration

10.00am-11.30am: session 1

Chair: Simon John (Balliol College, Oxford)

Johanna Dale (Department of German, Cambridge): ‘Astitit regina a dextris tuis: marriage, liturgy and images of royalty in the long twelfth century

Emily A. Winkler (University College London): ‘The Two Old Testaments: Conditional Kingship in Twelfth-Century Narrative

Jesús Rodríguez Viejo (University of Edinburgh): ‘King Saul in late twelfth-century English illuminated bibles: a symbol of the Church-State struggle in the Angevin kingdom?

11.30am-11.45am:  break (refreshments)

11.45am-1.15pm: session 2

Emily A. Winkler (University College London)

Conor O’Brien (Churchill College, Cambridge): ‘Kingship in Bede’s biblical commentaries

David Barritt (Faculty of History, Oxford): ‘Biblical legitimation in the letters of Pope John VIII

Emily Ward (Emmanuel College, Cambridge): ‘“Woe to thee, O land”: Ecclesiastes 10:16 and a biblical model of child kingship in the Middle Ages

1.15pm-2.15pm: lunch

2.15pm-3.30pm: keynote lecture

Chair: Matthew Kempshall (Wadham College, Oxford)

Professor Björn Weiler (Aberystwyth University): ‘Whatever happened to Rehoboam and Jeroboam? Uses and non-uses of Biblical models in high medieval kingship narratives

3.30pm-3.45pm: break

3.45pm-4.45: session 3

Chair: Johanna Dale (Department of German, Cambridge)

Trevor Russell Smith (Institute for Medieval Studies, University of Leeds): ‘Non tamen ille David quem Christus sanctificavit: Negative Biblical Allusion and David II of Scotland in English Chronicles, 1333–77

Hollie Devanney (University of Hull): ‘Friendship and queenship: the propagation of 'queenly' behaviour in twelfth-century religious friendship networks’  

Simon John (Balliol College, Oxford): ‘The image of kingship and the use of the liturgical calendar in the Latin kingdom of Jerusalem: the reign of Baldwin I

4.45-5.30pm: wine and snacks

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Oxford Medieval Studies

Contact name: Simon John
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Audience: Open to all