Monday, July 9, 2012

CFP Leeds 2013 - Charlemagne in Latin


Dr Matthew Gabriele (Department of Religion and Culture, Virginia Tech)
Dr William Purkis (Centre for the Study of the Middle Ages, University of Birmingham)

These sessions seek to explore the multiplicity of ways in which the life and legend of Charlemagne featured in various Latin textual environments between the ninth and fifteenth centuries. They will examine which aspects of the Charlemagne legend subsequent generations of Latin writers were concerned with, how these changed over time, and why. More generally, they will identify the diversity of textual surroundings in which the legend of Charlemagne was to be found during this period. In so doing, the sessions seek to offer a fresh approach to assessing the cultural impact of Carolingian memory in the medieval West. Papers are invited from those who work on narrative sources (such as the so-called Pseudo-Turpin Chronicle) as well as those who work on a broader range of Latin material, including (but not limited to) diplomatics, miracle stories, exempla, and liturgical materials.

The sessions constitute one strand in an on-going research project on Charlemagne: A European Icon, based at the University of Bristol, UK. The project is concerned with examining the ways in which Charlemagne was appropriated by different linguistic cultures in medieval Europe. It is anticipated that an edited collection of essays on Charlemagne in Latin will be published as part of this project in due course.

For further details, or to submit an abstract (c. 250 words), please contact either Dr Matthew Gabriele or Dr William Purkis by 14 September 2012.

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