In addition to the excellent programme of talks, last year’s Battle Conference, as has become customary for the new-style itinerant Battle Conference, featured visits to places of exceptional interest.
Or rather, since there is an impossible number of interesting sites and places in and around Cambridge, it took in several places of exceptional importance.
These included an exhibition of manuscripts at Trinity College, an excursion to the Fens and Ely Cathedral, and a special walking tour of Cambridge.
Liesbeth van Houts and John Baker hosted a Garden Party for the conference and there was a dinner at The Old Fire Engine House in Ely.
FRIDAY 26 JULY
Arrival in Cambridge
Registration at Lucy Cavendish College Tea and Coffee will be provided.
Allen Brown Memorial Lecture: Elisabeth van Houts (Cambridge)
'The Planctus on the Death of William Longsword (943) as a Source for Tenth-Century Culture in Normandy and Aquitaine'
To be held in the Seeley Library, Faculty of History, Sidgwick Site, University of Cambridge
Reception hosted by the Faculty of History, with a welcome by Dr. Mark Goldie, Chair of the Faculty
Dinner (Lucy Cavendish College)
SATURDAY 27 JULY
Robert Berkhofer (Western Michigan University)
'Confession of an Anglo-Norman Forger'
Mathieu Arnoux (Paris VII)
'Border, Trade Route or Market? The Channel and the Medieval European Economy from the Twelfth to the Fifteenth Century'
Giles Gasper (Durham)
'Time, Memory and the Longevity of the Bec Tradition at Canterbury'
Ilya Afanasyev (Oxford)
`illius populus suus: Biblical Vocabulary and National Discourse in Twelfth-Century England'
A Walking Tour of Early Medieval Cambridge from Castle Hill to St. Benet's Church. Led by Debby Banham
7.00 for 7.30pm
Buffet supper hosted by John Baker and Elisabeth
van Houts, 7 Water Street, Old Chesterton, Cambridge
SUNDAY 28 JULY
Teresa Webber (Cambridge)
'Monastic Space and the use of books in English religious houses in the eleventh and twelfth centuries'
Sigbjorn Sonnesyn (Bergen)
'De eodem et diuerso: Bonds of unity and causes of distinction in twelfth-century English historians'
Visit to Ely Cathedral and the Isle of Ely, travelling via Isleham
Guides: Richard Halsey, Andrew Wareham and Lindy Grant
Dinner: The Old Fire Engine House, Ely
Return to Cambridge
MONDAY 29 JULY
Matthew Hammond (Glasgow)
lay Charters in the Twelfth-Century Scottish Kingdom'
Laura Cleaver (Trinity College, Dublin)
'From Codex to Roll: Illustrating History in the Twelfth and Thirteenth Centuries'
Catherine Letouzey-Rety (Paris I)
'Literacy and Estate Administration in a great Anglo-Norman nunnery: Holy Trinity, Caen, in the Twelfth and Early Thirteenth Centuries'
Visit to the Wren Library, Trinity College, for an
exhibition, 'England after the Norman Conquest: Anglo-Norman manuscripts in Trinity College', organised by Teresa Webber and Julie Barrau.
A special Exhibition Catalogue prepared by Teresa Webber and Julie Barrau will be provided with the Conference Pack
Reception at Trinity College
TUESDAY 30 JULY
Andrew Wareham (Roehampton)
"Some good come, meatly woodyd and well pasturyd": the rural economy of Worcestershire c.960-1100'
Alheydis Plassmann (Bonn)
'The King and His Sons: Henry II's and Frederick Barbarossa's Succession Strategies Compared'
End of conference