IMC 2004: Sessions

Session 614: The Cultures and Contexts of the Madrid Skylitzes, II: Cultural Interchange in the Medieval Mediterranean and Norman Sicily

Tuesday 13 July 2004, 11.15-12.45

Sponsor:AHRB Centre for Byzantine Cultural History / Skylitzes Project
Organisers:Bente Bjørnholt, AHRB Centre for Byzantine Cultural History, University of Sussex
Margaret E. Mullett, Institute of Byzantine Studies, Queen's University, Belfast / AHRC Centre for Byzantine Cultural History
Moderator/Chair:Graham A. Loud, School of History, University of Leeds
Paper 614-aLooking Over the Scribe's Shoulder: the Madrid Skylitzes in the Light of Naples III.B.24"
(Language: English)
John B. Burke, University of Melbourne
Paper 614-bThe Portrayal of the Outsider in a Cross-Cultural Production: The Case of the Madrid Skylitzes
(Language: English)
Dion C. Smythe, Institute of Byzantine Studies, Queen's University Belfast
Index terms: Byzantine Studies, Historiography - Medieval, Social History
Paper 614-cPublic Awareness of Liturgical Practice in the Norman Kingdom of Sicily: The Performance of the Offertory Service in the Cathedral of Cefalú during the Reign of William I (1154-1166)
(Language: English)
Rosa Bacile, Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London
Index terms: Architecture - Religious, Art History - General, Liturgy

The illustrated manuscript of the Chronicle of the Byzantine official John Skylitzes (Bibl.nac.vitr.26-2) in Madrid was produced in Norman Sicily in the 12th century. The text does not betray the Sicilian origins of this copy of the Chronicle, but the images which follow the narrative in the text relate very clearly to Latin, Byzantine and Islamic visual cultures. Four linked sessions will contextualise the manuscript in terms of art, narrative and milieu as well as the wider context of the meeting of cultures. This second session will concentrate on the creation and identification of cultural identities in twelfth-century Norman Sicily, in theory, art and literature.