Reading French in Fifteenth-Century England | University of Oxford

Reading French in Fifteenth-Century England

Speaker
Julia Mattison (Bodleian Libraries Royal Bank of Canada Visiting Fellow)
Event date
Event time
17:30 - 18:30
Venue
The Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford
Oxfordshire
OX1 3BG
Venue details

The Weston Library Lecture Theatre, Main Entrance, Broad Street

Event type
Lectures and seminars
Event cost
Free
Disabled access?
Yes
Booking required
Recommended

Fifteenth-century English libraries and private collections have long been known to contain manuscripts in French. Studies of these French manuscripts have often emphasized contemporary acts of translation into English. Instead, this talk draws on manuscripts from the Bodleian’s collections, as well as medieval references to French books, in order to investigate how English readers and owners interacted with these objects. A close study of surviving French manuscripts reveals the reading habits of multilingual English readers and their understandings of the relationship between language and literature.   

This talk is followed by a drinks reception in Blackwell Hall, Weston Library