Reputation and Representation in Fifteenth Century Europe

Reputation and Representation in Fifteenth Century Europe

Reputation and Representation in Fifteenth Century Europe

Reputation and Representation in Fifteenth Century Europe

Synopsis

This volume deals with political, military, social, architectural, and literary aspects of fifteenth-century England. The essays contained in the volume range across the century from some of the leading scholars currently working in the period.With contributions by Mark Arvanigian, Kelly DeVries, Sharon Michalove, Harry Schnitker, Charlotte Bauer-Smith, Candace Gregory, Helen Maurer, Karen Bezella-Bond, E. Kay Harris, Daniel Thiery, John Leland, Peter Fleming, Virginia K. Henderson.

Excerpt

This volume is made up of selected papers from the third conference on fifteenth-century studies sponsored by the North American Branch of the Richard iii Society, held in late April 2001. Like its two predecessors of 1995 and 1998, the conference was held immediately prior to the International Congress on Medieval Studies which meets each year at Western Michigan University, and that made it possible to bring together both junior and senior scholars from Europe and North America who would then make their way to the International Congress. Papers from the first two conferences were published as Estrangement, Enterprise and Education in Fifteenth-Century England (1998) and Traditions and Transformations in Late Medieval England (2002). the third conference was held at Allerton Park, the conference center of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, which provided a rural, residential, and congenial country-estate venue for the conference. All of the participants in the conference and the non-academic members of the Richard iii Society (American Branch) who were present benefited from the setting and the stimulating discussions that surrounded the more formal presentation of papers. the working conference format was designed and arranged under the leadership of Sharon D. Michalove of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, who was not only the scholar-on-the-scene to prepare for the conference, but also was holding office as Chairman of the American Branch of the Richard iii Society. the keynote address to the conference was delivered by Professor Richard H. Helmholz of the University of Chicago.

The title of this volume emerged spontaneously in the course of the conference as the themes of reputation and representation repeatedly appeared. We heard about the importance of reputation for respectable women, the boundaries of reputation for the actions of leaders as they acted on the political stage, and the historical reputations of fifteenth-century individuals. We also engaged in the evaluation of the degree to which certain individuals represented their political or status group in society, and how, for instance, the leadership of Bristol tried to represent itself in a favorable historical light. in other ways as well, the papers addressed matters of reputation and . . .

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