Battle Conference 2020

The Battle Conference for Anglo-Norman Studies 2020: a virtual ‘workshop’: Friday July 24th 2020 – hold the date!

It was a great shame that the 2020 Battle Conference, due to be hosted at the magnificent John Rylands Library at Manchester, had to be cancelled due to Covid 19. Initially, the Allen Brown Memorial Trust decided against attempting to hold the conference virtually, but in the last couple of months, the scholarly community has got used to virtual events, in the absence of any other, and we have decided to hold a slimmed-down virtual Battle 2020 after all. The Trust is very grateful to Dr Charles Insley of Manchester University who has offered to host it on the Manchester University platform. Virtual Battle 2020 will take place on the afternoon of Friday 24th July, between 3pm and 6pm British Summer Time. Some of the original speakers will not be able to take part, but we are delighted that seven of them will be able to, and have agreed to present very condensed versions of their original papers in a sort of virtual workshop.

Programme (final details to be confirmed):

3pm. Brief welcome: Professor Emeritus Lindy Grant, Chair Allen Brown Memorial Trust.

Followed by three 15 minute papers and a short discussion:

Prof. Rick Barton (University of North Carolina), ‘Distraint, Interdict, and the Inquest: Competing Lordships in Early Thirteenth-Century Le Mans’

Dr Gabriele Passabi (Cambridge: Proxime Accessit of the Marjorie Chibnall Essay Prize) ‘Fitting the missing tile’: universal chronicle-writing and the construction of the Galfridian past in the Continuatio Ursicampina

Dr Max Lieberman (University of Zurich), ‘Knightings in the twelfth and thirteenth centuries: a new approach’

4pm Virtual tea-break

4.30: Chair: Professor Stephen Church, Director, Battle Conference

Four 15 minute papers followed by discussion: to finish at 6pm:

Dr Gareth Williams, (The Christine Mahaney Memorial Lecture) ‘The coinage of Harold II in the light of the Chew Valley hoard’

Dr Hannah Boston (Winner of the Marjorie Chibnall Essay Prize): ‘Change and continuity: multiple lordship in post-Conquest England’

Dr Charlie Insley (University of Manchester), ‘Between the Ribble and the Mersey: Lancashire before Lancashire and the Irish Sea World’

Prof. Laura Gathagan (SUNY Cortland), ‘Audi Israel: Pentecost, apostolic authority and the royal inauguration of Mathilda of Flanders’

Registration will be free, and will be through the University of Manchester website. We look forward to welcoming you to this virtual event, which will, we hope, provide intellectual stimulation and virtual collegiality in this time of plague, and will act as an appetiser for the 43rd volume of Anglo-Norman Studies which will appear in time for the next – and actual – Battle Conference.

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