The Medieval Merchant: Programme

Monday 23 July

2.00 Welcome: Dr Gordon Kingsley (Harlaxton College) and Christian Steer (Secretary of the Symposium)

2.15 Merchant Writing

Malcolm Richardson (Louisiana State University): The Rhetoric of Merchant Writing Julia Boffey (QMUL): Robert Fabyan as a Reader and Translator

3.45 Tea

4.15 – 6.00 Merchants in Politics

John McEwan (Aberystwyth University): Merchants and their Seals in the 13th Century
David Stocker (University of Leeds): Wool and Politics in the Reign of Edward IV: the case of the Merchant Stockers of Wyboston and London
Sam Harper (IHR): Sir John Shaa: goldsmith and facilitator of Court-City Relations in the reign of Henry VII

6.30 Dinner

8.00 Jane Bridgeman (St Martin’s College of Art) ‘A Marchant…in mottolee’: a glimpse at the dress of some late medieval and early modern merchants trading in Italy and Flanders

9.00 Bar

Tuesday 24 July

7.00 Breakfast

9.00 -10.45 Merchant Piety

Nicholas Rogers (Sydney Sussex College): Trading Saints: Cults associated with Merchant Activity
Paul Cockerham (Independent Scholar): Some relief in flat monument trading: Hanse Merchant memorials
Clive Burgess (RHUL): Mammon in the Service of God: Merchants and their Piety in the Later Middle Ages

10.45 Coffee

11.30 – 12.45 Merchants in Eastern Europe

Mike Carr (IHR): Merchants as Crusaders during the time of Turkish Expansion in the Mediterranean 1300-1500
Mark Whelan (RHUL): Merchants in the Hungarian Royal Service in the 15th Century

1.00 Lunch

2.15 Wendy Childs (University of Leeds): ‘A Paradise hit is to behold’: Opportunities for Profit in Iberia in the Later Middle Ages

3.30 Tea

4.15 – 6.00 Merchants and Consumption

Gill Draper (British Association for Local History): The Medieval Merchants of Kent
Jessica Lutkin (University of York): Goldsmiths: London versus Provincial
John Oldland (Bishop’s University): Changes in Trade and Consumption in Early Tudor London

6.30 Dinner

8.00 Film of the Merchant of Venice and/or Croquet on the lawn

Wednesday 25 July

7.00 Breakfast

9.00 – 10.15 Merchants and the Law

Henry Summerson (Oxford DNB): Calamity and Commerce: the Burning of Boston fair in 1288
Susanne Jenks (Anglo-American Legal Tradition Project): Justice for
Strangers: The Experience of Alien Merchants in Fifteenth-century English Common Law Courts 10.15 Coffee

11.00 – 12.45 Merchant Culture

Christopher Nicholson (UCL/SSEES): ‘Mercator dicit…’: The Relationship Between the Merchant and his Assistant in Mastickat (Old Czech play)
Anne Lancashire (University of Toronto): Merchant Drama in London
Jennifer Ward (Independent Scholar): Merchant Culture in Colchester and its Region in the Later Middle Ages

1.00 Picnic lunch in grounds or in refectory

2.00 Outing to Stamford to visit All Saints Church and Browne’s Alms house. Speakers will included Dr Sarah Brown and Professor Alan Rogers.

7.00 Reception in Bar

7.30 Conference Dinner in the Great Hall (black tie optional)

Thursday 26 July

9.15 – 11.00 Merchant Social Networks

Sally Badham (Independent Scholar): Merchants in Religious Guilds
Carole Hill (UEA): Medieval Merchant Wives and Widows: Networking in Norwich
Justin Colson (IHR): Medieval London Fishmongers and Local Networks
11.00 Coffee

11.45 – 1.00 Merchants: Fiction and Fact
Rosalind Field (RHUL): Mercantile Malice? Chaucer’s Merchant and his Tale Anne Sutton (The Ricardian): William Caxton: King’s Printer

1.15 Lunch and depart