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IMC 2020: Sessions

Session 1057: Writing Lives: Biography, History, and the Archives of 13th-Century Europe - A Round Table Discussion

Wednesday 8 July 2020, 09.00-10.30

Organiser:Sophie Ambler, Independent Scholar, London
Moderator/Chair:Kathleen Neal, Centre for Medieval & Renaissance Studies, Monash University, Victoria

This round table discussion brings together six scholars who have recently written biographies of medieval protagonists whose lives intersected across England, France, the Iberian Peninsula, and the Holy Land, from queens (Blanche of Castile, Queen of France) and kings (John and Henry III of England), to countesses (Eleanor de Montfort, countess of Leicester) and counts/earls (Simon V of Montfort and his son, Simon de Montfort, Earl of Leicester). What challenges does the biographer face and what approaches can be taken to researching and writing biography? How does the challenge change when writing for academic or popular audiences?

Paticipants include Sophie Ambler (Lancaster University), David Carpenter (King's College London), Stephen Church (University of East Anglia), Lindy Grant (University of Reading), Gregory Lippiatt (University of Exeter), and Louise J. Wilkinson (Canterbury Christ Church University).