Scribal Cultures in Late Medieval England: A Conference in honour of Linne R. Mooney

On Thursday 23 May, the CMS welcomes a gathering of leading scholars to honour Linne Mooney’s contribution to the study of medieval English manuscripts.

The one-day symposium will take place in our fabulous Huntingdon Room (once the meeting room of the Council of the North), and include keynotes from Professors Derek Pearsall and Simon Horobin, as well as papers from Margaret Connolly, Daryl Green, Helen Killick, Nicola McDonald, Andrew Prescott, Wendy Scase, Sebastian Sobecki, and Deborah Thorpe. 

Both the Head of the Department of English and Related Literature here at York, Prof. Helen Smith, and the Director of the CMS, Prof. Sarah Rees Jones will give talks opening and closing proceedings; and we have been fortunate enough to secure a special display of manuscript fragments donated to the University by Professor Toshiyuki Takamiya that will be available to view on the day.

Registration costs: £22, or £16.50 for full-time registered students. To register, please visit the University of York online store.

The symposium has been generously supported by the Centre for Medieval Studies, the Department of English & Related Literature, and Boydell & Brewer, in recognition of Linne Mooney’s contributions over her career.

Please see the Provisional Programme below.

Provisional Programme

10:00-10:30 Registration and coffee

10:30 Welcome (Helen Smith, Head of Department of English & Related Literature)

10:30-11:00 Keynote (Chair: Holly James-Maddocks)

Derek Pearsall (Harvard), Linne Mooney: A Life among Manuscripts

11:00-12:30 Session 1 (Chair: Holly James-Maddocks)

Daryl Green (Oxford), Gamelyn Revisited

Helen Killick (Reading), The medieval ‘side-hustler’: Thomas Hoccleve’s career in, and out, of the Privy Seal

Deborah Thorpe (Trinity College, Dublin), Ageing, Neurological Disorders, and Medieval Writing Practices

12:30-13:30 Lunch
13:30-15:00 Session 2 (Chair: K. P. Clarke)

Wendy Scase (Birmingham), Middle English Scribes’ Signatures

Nicola McDonald (York), Robert Thornton

Sebastian Sobecki (Groningen), Exit Hoccleve: A New Context for The Series

15:00-15:30 Coffee and tea
15:30-16:30 Session 3 (Chair: Lydia Zeldenrust)

Andrew Prescott (Glasgow), John Marchaunt and the Rising of 1381

Margaret Connolly (St Andrews), The St Andrews Roll of Kings

16:30-17:30 Keynote (Chair: Sarah Rees Jones)

Simon Horobin (Oxford), Title TBC

Closing remarks (Sarah Rees Jones, Director of the Centre for Medieval Studies)

17:30-18:00 Wine reception sponsored by Boydell & Brewer

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