The 27th Harlaxton Medieval Symposium
‘Patrons and Professionals’
Convened by Professor Paul Binski and Dr Elizabeth New
The Countess Flegentine orders the making of tombs for Mordrainís men, from the Estoire del saint Graal. © The British Library Board. Royal 14.E.iii, f. 66r. The nexus of patron and professional in action.
Tuesday 20th – Friday 23rd July 2010
Conferences, a staple of the academic life, are always welcome events in the mundane calendar
of the scholar, but the experience of the Harlaxton Medieval Symposium is exceptional. First,
an invitation to Harlaxton generates unusual worries. While polishing my paper, some thoughts
of my ability to rise to the occasion kept intruding. Was my croquet handicap low enough?
Would the dress already selected be appropriate for the black tie dinner? Then, the delightful
arrival at beautiful Harlaxton manor set in its glorious rolling countryside was complicated by
the many corridors in which one meanders until, by some stroke of luck, the room sought is
finally sighted. It is, however, a pleasure to be lost in Harlaxton. All these splendid rooms to
wander about, these grand windows through which to view bits of open skies and impeccable
turf; all these colleagues, equally lost, with whom to strike up conversation and begin durable
friendship. For the few days that the conference lasts, all gathered there not only share a common
interest in things medieval, they become a community, bound together by the joy that a gorgeous
environment produces, stimulated by the excitement that excellent papers inspire and prolong
during passionate discussions. Collegiality is the keynote, undeterred by Harlaxton's somewhat
idiosyncratic cuisine, respecting private chats and quiet moments. Throughout the event, the
sequence of sessions, conversations, and visits to local places of cultural interest is seamless;
the attentiveness of those responsible for the symposium, unflagging. It is a treat to be able
to participate in such a conference at Harlaxton, whose broad vistas situate high intellectual
standards against horizons of natural beauty and amidst the warmth of friendship.
Professor Brigitte Bedos-Rezak
New York University
Brigitte Bedos Rezak and Sandy Heslop
Pam Robinson and Linda Ehrsam Voigts
Mark Whelan, Machi Sasai and Charlie Farris
Ute Engel and Norman James
Jenny Stratford and Clive Burgess
Elizabeth New and Paul Binski
John McEwan and Ellie Pridgeon
Joel Rosenthal and Caroline Barron
Christian Steer and Rob Kinsey
After Dinner Relaxation
Tuesday, 20 July 2010
1.30 Registration and refreshment
2.15 Welcome: Gordon Kingsley and Christian Steer
2.30 - 3.00 Paul Binski (Cambridge): Introduction
3.00 - 4.20 Chair: Paul Binski (Cambridge)
Michael T. Davis (Mount Holyoake): 'Guidelines: the mason's drawings, the bishop's garden, and the construction of meaning at Clermont Cathedral'
Brigitte Bedos-Rezak (NYU): 'Convention and Invention. Identity and Image in the Middle Ages (XIIth-XIVth Centuries)'
4.45 - 6.45 Chair: Mary Carruthers (NYU)
Tim Ayres (York): 'Patronage within the context of university training'
David Lepine (Exeter): 'Patronage of the higher clergy below the episcopate'
Paul Brand (Oxford): 'The development of a legal profession and nature of the relationship between lawyers and their clients'
Wednesday, 21 July 2010
7.00 - 8.30 Breakfast
9.00 - 11.00 Chair: Joel Rosenthal (SUNY Stony Brook)
Jenny Stratford (IHR): 'Isabella of Castile, first wife of Edmund, 1st duke of York'
Sue Powell (Salford): 'Lady Margaret Beaufort as patron'
Elizabeth Eva Leach (Oxford): 'Patronage in the poetry (and music) of Guillaume de Machaut'
11.30 - 12.50 Chair: Julia Boffey (QMUL)
Philippa Hoskin (Borthwick): 'Authors of bureaucracy: developing and creating administrative systems in English Episcopal Chanceries in the thirteenth century'
Linne Mooney (York): 'Professional Scribes in Late Medieval London'
2.00 - 4.00 Chair: David Green (Harlaxton College)
Regine Page (Cambridge): 'Mahaut of Artois and three 14th century altarpieces'
Martine Meuwese (Nijmegen): 'The patronage of a Lancelot-Graal manuscript'
Richard Marks (Cambridge): 'Shedding light: the commissioning of windows in the late medieval parish church'
4.30 - 6.00 Chair: Clive Burgess (RHUL)
Lucy Wrapson (Cambridge): 'East Anglian rood screens: the practicalities of production'
David King (UEA): 'Glass-painting in Late-Medieval Norwich: Continuity and Patronage'
7.45 Croquet on the lawn (weather permitting) and Bar
Thursday, 22 July
09.00-11.00 Chair: Sophie Oosterwijk (St Andrews)
David Griffith (Birmingham): 'The Seven Works of Mercy in the parish church: the development of a vernacular tradition'
Nigel Saul (RHUL): 'A Consumer Society? The Patronage and Production of Church Monuments'
T. A. Heslop (UEA): 'The Alabaster Tomb at Ashwellthorpe, Norfolk, its workmanship, cost and location'
11.25 - 12.45 Chair: Elizabeth New (Aberystwyth)
Sam Barrett (Cambridge): 'Owning and Disowning Early Medieval Songbooks'
Linda Ehrsam Voigts (Missouri-KC) & Ann Payne: 'Berkeley Castle SB 89: An exceptional medical household book in its historical and cultural context'
2.00 Trip to the church of St Mary Magdalene, Newark
7.30 Formal dinner (Black tie optional)
Friday, 23 July
7.00 - 8.30 Breakfast
9.00 - 10.20 Chair: Linda Monckton (English Heritage)
Jessica Berenbeim (Harvard): 'Intersections of personal and institutional patronage in the Sherborne Missal'
Claire Daunton: 'The Profession of Priest'
10.45 - 12.45 Chair: Caroline Barron (RHUL)
Karen Stöber (Aberystwyth): 'The laity as monastic patrons in Iberia and the British Isles: some comparative thoughts'
Claudia Bolgia (Edinburgh): 'Friar-artists and their patrons in Thirteenth- and Fourteenth-century Italy'
Julian Luxford (St Andrews): 'The superior patron: William of Monington's procurement of architecture and art.'
1.00 Lunch and depart