IMC 2019: Sessions

Session 1448: Medieval Epistolography, III: A Round Table Discussion

Wednesday 3 July 2019, 19.00-20.00

Sponsor:Department of History, King's College, London / Institute for Medieval Studies, University of Leeds
Organisers:Thomas William Smith, Institute for Medieval Studies, University of Leeds
Anaïs Waag, Department of History, King's College London
Moderator/Chair:Thomas William Smith, Institute for Medieval Studies, University of Leeds
Abstract

As an essential tool for communication in the Middle Ages, letters are a crucial historical source, broadly and frequently used by medievalists. And yet, there is still much to understand about medieval letters and the letter-writing process. How exactly were medieval letters, particularly missives, composed and created? What was the relationship between sender, scribe, and chancery? How do epistolary theory and practice intersect? This round table and the accompanying sessions (Medieval Epistolography I and II) seek to explore and answer these questions, and to find common ground between medievalists’ many ways of approaching letters.

Participants include Lucy Hennings (University of Oxford), Kathleen Neal (Monash University, Victoria), and Anaïs Waag (King’s College London).