Harlaxton Zoomposium 2021: Medieval Travel

Monday 26 July – Friday 30 July

British Library, Royal MS 19 C XI, fol. 37, 1400 x 1450. BL image in the public domain.

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Provisional timetable:

Monday, 26 July:

2.30 – 4.00 PM            Session 1A      Travel Writing

Welcome:  Martha Carlin

Chair: Martha Carlin

Martha Driver:  Mandeville in the Twenty-First Century

Nicholas Orme: William Worcester: Traveller and Collector

5.00 – 6.30 PM            Session 1B       Travel and Entertainment

Chair: Clive Burgess

ffiona Perigrinor: The Comings and Goings of a Sedentary Household: Alice de Bryene, 1413-14

Alexandra Johnston: Travelling Entertainers and Their Patrons: York, 1446-9

8.00 – 9.30 PM            Session 1C       Pamela Tudor-Craig Memorial Lecture

Chair: Caroline Barron

Julia Boffey: Travel in Richard Arnold’s Book: People, Places, Texts

Tuesday, 27 July:

2.30 – 4.00 PM                        Session 2A      Maps

Chair: Elizabeth New

Alfred Hiatt: Maps and Travel

David Harrison: A Road Map of Medieval England

5.00 – 6.30 PM            Session 2B       Sources for Travel (panel)

Chair: Julia Boffey

Robert Swanson: Visitation and Church Court Records

Joel Rosenthal: Proofs of Age

Joanna Mattingly: Churchwardens’ Accounts

David Harrap: Travel Coffers

Anthony Gross: Three Travel Objects

Wednesday, 28 July:

2.30 – 4.00 PM            Session 3A      Inns

Chair: Jenny Stratford

Martha Carlin: Inns, Horses, and Stabling

Laura Wright: Inn Clusters in London in the Fifteenth Century

5.00 – 6.30 PM            Session 3B       Diplomatic Travel and the Empire: The Evidence of Images and Financial Records

Chair: David Green

Nicholas Rogers: Visual Souvenirs of the Emperor Sigismund’s Visit to England in 1416

Mark Whelan: Kidnap, Ransoms, and Bribes: Diplomatic Travel in the Holy Roman Empire during Sigismund’s Reign

Thursday, 29 July:

2.30 – 4.00 PM            Session 4A      Travel and the Body

Chair: Julia Boffey

Carole Rawcliffe: ‘Do not stop at Famagusta’: Travel and Health in the Later Middle Ages

Kelcey Wilson-Lee: Travel and Childbirth

5.00 – 6.30 PM            Session 4B       Women Travellers

Chair: Sue Powell

Anthony Bale: Margery Kempe and the Female Traveller in the Later Middle Ages

Bart Lambert and Josh Ravenhill: Travelled Women in the Capital: Opportunities for Immigrant Women in London during the Later Middle Ages

8.00 – 9.30 PM            Session 4C       Poster Judging & Book Launch           

Chair: Sue Powell

Judging of student posters

Judges: David Green, Marlene Hennessy, Michael Michael

Chair: Julia Boffey

Launch of Harlaxton Medieval Studies volume XXX: Performance, Ceremony and Display in Late Medieval England, edited by Julia Boffey

Friday, 30 July:

2:30 – 4:00 PM            Session 5A      Travel Wonders

Chair: Marlene Hennessy

Mary Lynn Rampolla:  Wonders of the East: Medieval Travellers and the Monstrous Races

Shayne Legassie: Botanical Wonder and Medieval Travel

5:00 – 6:30 PM            Session 5B       Travel and the Exotic

Chair: Michael Michael

Melanie Taylor: In Search of the Exotic: Visual Evidence of Knowledge and Trade in Simians, Birds, and Wingless Dragons

Kate Franklin: From Marvels to Motels: Imagined and Infrastructural Worlds of the Silk Road

Final words: Caroline Barron

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