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Medieval Day at the Museum

Leeds City Museum, Broderick Room (View in Google Maps)

July 02, 2017 12.00-15.00

About the event:

Immerse yourself in the Middle Ages at Leeds City Museum, with an afternoon of displays and demonstrations for all ages.

We’ll be telling stories of heroes and monsters and playing medieval music. The Royal Armouries Museum will even show you how knights got ready for battle. Find out more about life in the Middle Ages, as well as playing some medieval games and maybe even dancing!

With performances and demonstrations from:

  • Matthew Bellwood, storyteller
  • Leeds Waits, musicians
  • The Royal Armouries Museum
  • The Stamford Bridge Tapestry Project

An Introduction to the Astrolabe

University House: De Grey Room

July 03, 2017 19.30-20.30

About the event:

Presented by Central Connecticut State University astronomy professor Kristine Larsen

Most medieval scholars have heard of the astrolabe, part work of art and part personal computer. For centuries the instrument was used across both the Christian and Islamic worlds in order to calculate times of prayer, measure the height of the sun and stars above the horizon for navigation, and aid in surveying. It is a two-dimensional model of the three-dimensional heavens that you can hold in your hands.

This hands-on workshop is an introduction to the history and science of the astrolabe, including step-by-step instructions on how to do some of the most elementary computations with the instrument (including calculating the times of sunrise, sunset, and morning and evening twilight; estimating the height of the sun at local noon; and finding one’s latitude).

The first 50 attendees will receive a free cardboard astrolabe set for the latitude of Leeds as well as an instruction sheet (both theirs to keep).

Music for a Medieval Prince

Leeds Universities Catholic Chaplaincy (View in Google Maps)

July 03, 2017 20.30-22.00

About the event:

Performed by Trouvère

The Chansonnier du Roi (Bibliothèque Nationale de France fr. 844) is a major source for the music of the troubadours and trouvères, and also contains the earliest extant European dance music.

Produced by or for Guillaume II de Villehardouin, the French prince of the Morea in southern Greece in the middle years, it is a premier expression of the courtly chivalric image that such princely courts liked to promote for themselves, but it is also the product and self-expression of an alien culture implanted onto the Byzantine East. Additionally, this Chansonnier is one of the principal sources for troubadour music intended for a French-speaking audience.

‘The Franks in the East’ features music exclusively from the Chansonnier du Roi to tell the story of the Villehardouins and their glittering Greek principality.

The Tale of Jaufre

University House: De Grey Room

July 04, 2017 19.00-20.30

About the event:

Adapted and told by Anne Lister

Originally written in the Occitan language at the court of Aragon in the 12th or 13th century, this tale of high adventure and true love has been told and re-told over the centuries, but not often in English. Jaufre is the only medieval tale of King Arthur which survives in Occitan, and it is a fascinating tale, with versions turning up in Spain, France, and even the Philippines. A chapbook version of the romance was mentioned by Cervantes as part of Don Quixote’s library.

Jaufre arrives at the court of King Arthur, hoping to be made a knight. While there, he witnesses an insult to the king and promises to bring the villain, the unpleasant Taulat de Rogimon, to justice. Along the way he meets the beautiful Brunissen and falls in love – but there are giants to deal with, as well as demons, dwarves, and a mysterious damsel with an underwater kingdom.

Otherness in the World of the Troubadours

Leeds Universities Catholic Chaplaincy (View in Google Maps)

July 04, 2017 20.30-22.00

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Performed by Jon Erik Schelander

The Troubadours were songwriters who composed and performed in the 12th and 13th centuries in what is now the South of France. They created a new poetry in their songs, wildly inventive in form, with beautiful melodies. Many elements of the troubadour’s world and art was marked by tensions generated by otherness – some resolved and others, tragically, not.

This programme will include songs and poetry by Guilhem Peiteus, Jaufre Rudel, Bernart de Ventadorn, Guiraut de Bornelh, Raimbaut de Vaqueiras, Comtessa de Die, Peire Cardenal, Aimeric de Pegulhan, Albertet, Rigaut de Berbezilh, Pons d’Ortaffa, and Uc de Sainte Circ. The concert will be framed by Guiraut de Bornelh’s dawn song – the Alba, ‘Reis Glorios’. Here, in the most iconic example of ‘otherness’ in this literature, the woman (whose voice is not heard) is poised between night and day, and between ‘the Jealous One’ and the ‘Other’, her heart’s chosen lover.

Second Shepherds’ Play: A Film Screening

Leeds University Union: Room 6 – Roundhay

July 05, 2017 19.00-20.30

About the event:

With introduction by Douglas Morse (Director) and Heide Estes (Producer)

The Second Shepherds’ Play (or Pageant) was written in the 15th century by a playwright known to scholars today as the Wakefield Master. The comic drama focuses on Col, the nominal leader of three shepherds and their encounter with Mak, the local thief.

The film was shot on a sheep farm in Swavesey, just outside of Cambridge. For this adaptation, the decision was made to keep the original Middle English text intact, though to modernise spelling and pronunciation, retaining archaic words where there was no modern equivalent. The film is scored with period music, and actors are costumed in period dress. The film’s running time is 45 minutes.

The screening will begin with an introduction by director Douglas Morse and producer Heide Estes and will conclude with a question and answer session with members of the cast.

The filmmakers request that delegates planning to attend RSVP on their Facebook page.

Highlights from Special Collections

Parkinson Building: Treasures of the Brotherton Gallery

July 03, 12.00-14.00
July 04, 12.00-14.00
July 05, 12.00-14.00
July 06, 12.00-14.00

About the event:

Join us for a drop-in session to see medieval treasures from Special Collections at the University of Leeds. Special Collections staff will be in the Treasures of the Brotherton Gallery with a selection of highlights from the collections for delegates to examine close-up.

Monday: Medieval manuscripts

Tuesday: The Incunabula Collection

Wednesday: Ripon Cathedral Library and the Ripon Dean & Chapter Archives

Thursday: The archival collections of the Yorkshire Archaeological and Historical Society

Making Leeds Medieval

University Square

July 06, 10.00-18.00

About the event:

Join us on the University of Leeds campus for a variety of activities, including a market featuring local produce and historical craft demonstrations. Come and browse hand-crafted items, including hand-bound books, clay pottery, embroidery, haberdashery, historic beads and jewellery, and leather bags and pouches.

Making Leeds Medieval will include:

  • Birds of prey
  • Combat displays from the European Historical Combat Guild
  • Horse riding displays from Levantia
  • Re-enactments from the King Edward’s Living History Group
  • Live music from Trouvere Medieval Minstrels
  • A hog-roast – not medieval, but certainly delicious!

This event will also feature the Historical and Archaeological Societies Fair.

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