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Unrolling the Past: A Medieval Studies Event @ The Robbins Library

September 22, 2016
03:30 PM - 07:00 PM
Rossell Hope Robbins Library, Rush Rhees Library (4th Floor)

Join us as we celebrate one of the University’s rare treasures: a 1374 library inventory roll from the monastery of Saint-Victor in Marseille, France.
Learn the secrets of a medieval library. Experience elements of medieval monasticism including calligraphy & chant. Hear remarks on documentary culture in medieval Marseille from visiting scholar Daniel Lord Smail of Harvard University.

Open house begins at 3:30pm.
Lecture begins at 5pm. Reception to follow.

The Scroll and Its Context: The City of Marseille & Lay Documentary Culture in the Fourteenth Century

A talk by Daniel Lord Smail, Frank B. Baird, Jr. Professor of History, Harvard University

Daniel Lord Smail specializes in the history and anthropology of the Mediterranean, between 1100 and 1600 with a particular focus on the social and cultural history of late-medieval Marseille. He has also pioneered a new interdisciplinary methodology known as neurohistory, which draws on the cognitive sciences in order to tell stories of deep human history. Smail’s most recent book, Legal Plunder: Households and Debt Collection in Late Medieval Europe, was published by Harvard University Press in 2016.

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