Colloque – The Battle Conference on Anglo-Norman Studies

The Battle Conference on Anglo-Norman Studies is an annual conference devoted to English and Norman medieval history and culture. It focuses primarily, but not exclusively, on the eleventh and twelfth centuries. Its purpose, as formulated by its founder R. Allen Brown in 1978, is ‘to discuss and forward knowledge on all aspects of Anglo-Norman history, with particular reference to the Anglo-Norman realm, but also to be concerned with the Old English and Scandinavian contribution to the Anglo-Norman achievement in Italy, Sicily, Spain and the Crusades’.


Programme :

Friday 20 July

2.00pm-4.00pm Registration at Lucy Cavendish College; tea and coffee provided.

5.00pm The Allen Brown Memorial Lecture: Emmanuel College, Queen’s lecture theatre

Sally Harvey – Horses, Knights and Tactics

6.00pm Reception: Emmanuel College, Garden (Old Library if wet)

7.30pm Dinner

Saturday 21 July

9.00am Aleks McClain (Univ of York) and Naomi Sykes (Univ of Exeter) – Archaeologies of the Norman Conquest: setting a material culture research agenda for the eleventh and twelfth centuries
10.15 Lucia Sinisi (Università degli Studi di Bari, Italy) – Four scenes from the Chanson de Roland on the façade of a church in Apulia, southern Italy
11.15am Coffee

11.30am Christine Mahany Memorial Lecture:

David Roffe – Castle construction, conquest and compensation

12.45 Lunch

2.00pm David Pratt (Downing College, Cambridge) – Royal taxation in eleventh-century England and ninth-century West Francia: liability, assessment and written record
3.30pm Tea

4.00pm Richard Purkiss (Lincoln College, Oxford) – Marjorie Chibnall Memorial Essay Prize Lecture: Early royal rights in the Liberty of St Edmund
5.30pm *Poster session

7.30pm Conference Dinner

Sunday 22 July

9.00am Hazel Freestone (Lucy Cavendish College, Cambridge) – Clerical marriage and clerical celibacy in the Anglo-Norman realm, 1050-1150
10.15 Charlotte Pickard (Cardiff University) – The Noble Leper: Responses to leprosy in the twelfth and thirteenth centuries
11.15 Coffee

11.30 Nicolas Ruffini-Ronzani (University of Versailles/University of Namur) – The counts of Louvain / dukes of Brabant and the Anglo-Norman world (1066-1216)
12.45 Lunch
2.00pm Sabina Flanagan (University of Adelaide, Australia) – Baldwin of Forde and the authorship of the Liber de sectis hereticorum (Paris, BnF MS Lat. 12264)
3.15pm Tea

3.30pm Linda Stone (Lucy Cavendish College, Cambridge) – ‘The Jews are our donkeys’: anti-Jewish polemic in twelfth-century French vernacular exegesis
5.30pm *Poster session
7.30pm Dinner

Monday 23 July

9.30am Tom Lambert (Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge), De obsessione Dunelmi and the problem of “feud”
11.00am Coffee

11.15 Nick Paul (Fordham University, USA) – Empire inscribed: assembling the histories of the counts of Anjou and lords of Amboise
12.30 Lunch and departure

Informations pratiques :

20-23 July
Lucy Cavendish College, Cambridge

Registration is via

The organisers gratefully acknowledge the generous financial contributions from the Trustees of the Trevelyan fund, Faculty of History, University of Cambridge and the Master and Fellows of Emmanuel College, Cambridge

*There will be an opportunity for graduate students and early career scholars to present their poster (A1 or A2 format). For further information on submitting a poster, please contact Dr Leonie Hicks (

Source : The Battle Conference

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