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IMC 2018: Sessions

Session 1340: Materiality and the Memory of Charlemagne in Medieval England

Wednesday 4 July 2018, 16.30-18.00

Sponsor:Charlemagne: A European Icon (
Organisers:Marianne J. Ailes, Department of French, University of Bristol
James Doherty, School of Modern Languages, University of Bristol
Moderator/Chair:Helen Fulton, Department of English, University of Bristol
Paper 1340-aAligning the Text: Mise-en-page in Manuscripts of Middle English Charlemagne Romances
(Language: English)
Phillipa M. Hardman, Department of English Language & Literature, University of Reading
Index terms: Language and Literature - Middle English, Manuscripts and Palaeography
Paper 1340-bThe Once and Future King: Charlemagne and Remembering the Past in the London, British Library, Cotton Caligula A.ix Manuscript
(Language: English)
Wendy Marie Hoofnagle, Department of Languages & Literatures, University of Northern Iowa
Index terms: Historiography - Medieval, Manuscripts and Palaeography, Political Thought
Paper 1340-cRemembering Charlemagne through Saracen Eyes
(Language: English)
Elizabeth Munro, Department of Religions & Philosophies, School of Oriental & African Studies, University of London
Index terms: Language and Literature - Middle English, Philosophy

The Leverhulme International Network 'Charlemagne: A European Icon' ( explores ways in which the different linguistic cultures of medieval Europe appropriated Charlemagne material from chronicle and epic. In this panel, we concentrate on medieval England to discuss materiality and Charlemagne's memory. Hardman analyses the Mises-en-page of English verse romances of the Matter of France; Hoofnagle turns her attention to the manuscript context of Cotton Caligula A.ix to examine the memory of Charlemagne as an important aspect of English identity in the 13th century; Munro considers the representations of Saracens via their interactions with Charlemagne.