Medieval Life Writing: Principles and Practice

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9.30am Coffee and Registration

10.00-11.00 Session 1:  

Chair/Respondent:   Lesley Smith

Michael Clanchy  (Institute of Historical Research, London)

Life Writing in the Age of Abelard

11.30-1-10:  Session 2:

Chair/Respondent:  Helen Swift        

11.30   Julia Bray (Oriental Institute, Oxford)                       

Mostly (But Not All) Dead: an overview of Arabic life writing

12.20  Almut Suerbaum (Somerville College, Oxford)

Mystical Theology in Late Medieval Song. First person voices between liturgy and experience

2.20-4.00:  Session 3: 

Chair/Respondent:  Anthony John Lappin

2.20   Andrew M. Beresford (Durham University)

Bartholomew as Flayed Saint:  rethinking the question of hagiographic identity

3.10   Mark Chinca (University of Cambridge)

Translation and Transcendence:  the first German vernacular life of Charlemagne

4.30-5.20:  Session 4:

Chair/Respondent:  Craig Taylor

Michelle Szkilnik (Sorbonne Nouvelle Paris 3)

Chivalrous Biographies in the Fifteenth Century:  history, fiction and exemplarity


Jinty Nelson (King’s College London):   Writing the Life of Charlemagne


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