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Thirteenth Century England XVII

Detail from a thirteenth-century Life of St Edward the Confessor (Cambridge University Library MS Ee.3.59) © Cambridge University Library

Thirteenth Century England XVII

 Selwyn College, Cambridge

 4-6th September 2017

The Thirteenth Century England Conference, which brings together scholars on all areas of English (and latterly British) history, has been running every two years for thirty years. In 2015 the Conference moved from Aberystwyth to Cambridge, and we are based here again for the XVIIth edition in September 2017. TCE represents the largest forum devoted specifically to work on the Long Thirteenth Century and has over the years served to introduce many new scholars and new scholarship to those working on the period.


The theme in 2017 is ‘England in Europe’.


The aim is to explore the complex and multifaceted, not to mention highly topical, relationship between the British Isles and their continental contexts. The conference will be an opportunity to reflect on the extent to which recent scholarship on England and its British neighbours in the long thirteenth century has been shaped up by considerations of Britain’s place in Europe but also by wider trends in the history of medieval Europe. The focus of the conference remains very much on fostering collaborative scholarship, introducing and encouraging emerging historians of the period, and hearing about new research.


The venue is Selwyn College, and residential accommodation is on offer to delegates who wish to stay in Cambridge across the three days. The conference organizers are Julie Barrau, Chris Briggs, Caroline Burt, Andrew Spencer and Carl Watkins If you have an enquiry about the conference, please contact Julie Barrau ( Further details about costs and how to book will be posted here as soon as they are available.




Provisional programme



4 September


1330-1430        Arrival and registration


1430-1600        Nathan Greasley (Aberystwyth), ‘Matthew Paris and the News from Europe’


                         Tom Smith (TCD), ‘The Italian Connection Revisited: Papal Provisions in Thirteenth- Century England’


1600-1630        Tea


1630-1745        Ian Stone, ‘Chronicle writing in London, Cologne and Genoa’


1900                 Dinner




5 September


0900-1030        Philippa Byrne (Oxford), ‘Thomas Brown’s Schooldays: Remembering Norman Sicily                          in Thirteenth-­‐Century England’



                        Lars Kjaer (NCH), ‘Remembering the Vikings in Thirteenth-­‐Century England and   Denmark’


1030-1100        Coffee


1100-1230        Amicie Pelissie du Rausas (Poitiers), ‘“Ad partes transmarinas”. The reshaping                          of Plantagenet continental power after the battle of Taillebourg (1242)’


                        Anais Waag (KCL), ‘‘‘Les enfants de Henri sont les cousins-germains des miens, je ne veux pas qu’ils soient éternellement leurs ennemies’: the letters of Eleanor and Marguerite of Provence in thirteenth-century Anglo-French relations’


1230-1400        Lunch


1400-1530        Antonia Shacklock (Cambridge), ‘A Continental or an Insular King? What can Henry                                    III’s piety can tell us about his perceived identity?’


Philippa Mesiano (Kent), ‘Friars as papal and royal envoys: Diplomatic relations between King Henry III and Pope Alexander IV (1254–1261)’


1530-1600        Tea


1600-1715        Daniel Power (Swansea), ‘Cross-Channel communication after the “Loss of   Normandy”’


1900                 Pre Dinner Drinks and Conference Dinner



6 September


0900-1030        Rodolphe Billaud (Canterbury), ‘Similarities and Differences: The Lord Edward’s   Lordship of Gascony, 1254-­‐1272’


Sean McGlynn, ‘National identity and the invasion of England, 1216-17’


1030-­‐1100         Coffee


1100-1215        Rebecca Springer (Oxford), ‘How Relevant Was the Fourth Lateran Council to Pastoral                          Care in England?’


1215-­‐1345         Lunch


1345-1500        Tony Moore and Matthew Norris (Reading), ‘Henry III’s “cheque-book        diplomacy”: Success or failure?’


1500-­‐1530         Closing remarks