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Thirteenth Century England XVI

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

Thirteenth Century England XVI

 The Diamond, Selwyn College, Cambridge

 7-9 Sept 2015


Conference registration fee (includes lunch on 8 & 9 September): £64.00

Optional items:

B&B Accommodation, 7 & 8 September: £66.00 per night

Cafeteria dinner, 7 September: £16.00

Conference wine reception & dinner, 8 September: £45.00

We have received a grant from the Royal Historical Society to subsidise graduate students and postdoctoral researchers in fixed-term posts attending the conference. We will be able to confirm the level of the discount when bookings have closed and we know how many eligible graduate students and postdoctoral researchers will be attending.

 When booking, please contact Dr Chris Briggs ( to confirm your graduate student or postdoctoral researcher status.


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, this being the XVIth Conference.

The conference 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 scholarship to those working on the period.

This year, for the first time, the conference moves to Cambridge, having spent several years being hosted by the University of Aberystwyth and the University of Wales, Lampeter, where it was superbly organised by Janet Burton, Phillipp Schofield and Bjorn Weiler.

The theme in 2015 is ‘Uncertainty’, with papers across three days from historians of England, Britain and France; delegates will also come together for a formal round table discussion at the end of the conference. The aim of the conference remains very much focused 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 for those delegates who wish to stay in Cambridge across the three days. A gala dinner will take place in Selwyn College on 8 September. The organisers, Drs Julie Barrau, Chris Briggs, Caroline Burt, Andrew Spencer and Carl Watkins greatly look forward to meeting delegates, and are glad to answer any questions in advance of the conference.

Please direct queries to in the first instance. Further details about funding, costs and how to book will be posted here as soon as they are available.


Provisional Programme

7 September

1300-1400:      Arrival and registration


1400-1530:      Alice Taylor (KCL), ‘Revisiting Anglo-Scottish Relations in 1291’


1530-1600:                  Tea

1600-1800:      Jessica Nelson (TNA), ‘Scottish Princesses in Thirteenth-Century England’

Sophie Ambler (UEA), ‘The Witness Lists to Magna Carta in the Thirteenth Century’


1900                            Dinner


8 September

0900-1030:      Frédérique Lachaud (Lorraine): 'The contribution of Thomas Docking to the History of Political Ideas'


1030-1100:                  Coffee

1100-1300       Andrew Spencer (Cambridge), ‘How do you solve a problem like John, Henry, Edward and Edward? Contingent Responses to Inadequate Kingship from Magna Carta to Deposition'. 

Adrian Jobson (Independent Scholar), ‘Known Unknowns: The Rebel's Dilemma in the Thirteenth Century’


1400-1600:     Amanda Power (Sheffield), ‘The Erasure or Disclosure of Uncertainty in English Reforming Circles: How, When, and Why?’  

1630-1730:     Bjorn Weiler (Aberystwyth), ‘“Those who know the past will be able to judge the future”: Matthew Paris and prophecy’

1900                            Pre Dinner Drinks and Conference Dinner


9 September

0900-1100:      Emily Corran (UCL), ‘Moral Dilemmas in English Confessors’ Manuals’

Felicity Hill (UEA), ‘Damnatio eternae mortis or medicinalis non mortalis: the Ambiguities of Excommunication in Thirteenth-Century England’


1100-1130                   Coffee

1130-1300:         Kenneth Duggan (KCL), 'Re-examining the Hue and Cry in Thirteenth-Century Britain’ 

Lucy Hennings (Oxford), 'Simon de Montfort and the Ambiguity of Ethnicity in Thirteenth-Century Politics'

1300-1415                   Lunch with ‘round table’ discussion

1415                            Finish