Medieval Life Writing: Principles and Practice

Friday 29th June 2018
Harris Manchester College, Oxford

Coffee and Registration

10:00am to 11:00am
Session 1


  • Lesley Smith
  • Michael Clanchy
  • Institute of Historical Research, London

Life Writing in the Age of Abelard

11:30am to 1:10pm
Session 2


  • Helen Swift
  • Julia Bray
  • Oriental Institute, Oxford

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

  • Almut Suerbaum
  • Somerville College, Oxford

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

2:20pm to 4:00pm
Session 3


  • Anthony Lappin
  • Andrew M. Beresford
  • University of Durham

Bartholomew as Flayed Saint:  rethinking the question of hagiographic identity

  • Mark Chinca
  • University of Cambridge

Translation and Transcendence:  the first German vernacular life of Charlemagne

4:30pm to 5:20pm
Session 4


  • Craig Taylor
  • Michelle Szkilnik
  • Paris IV

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

AGM and 2018 Medium Ævum Annual Lecture
  • Janet Nelson
  • King's College, London

Writing the Life of Charlemagne

Friday, June 29, 2018 (All day)
Harris Manchester College, Oxford
Miniature from Hildegard of Bingen, Scivias, from the twentieth-century reproduction of the original (now-lost) Rupertsberg Codex.