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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


Conference registration fee (includes lunch 5 Sept and all refreshments): £60 / £40 for graduate students

Optional items:

B&B accommodation, 4 and 5 September: £63 per night

Cafeteria dinner, 4 September: £16.50

Cafeteria lunch, 6 September: £16.50

Conference wine reception and dinner, 5 September: £42

NB if you wish to changes to your booking, please contact Chris Briggs (

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

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


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

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

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


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