Monthly Archives: March 2015

Professor Jean-Claude Schmitt to give SAIMS Annual Lecture

The St Andrews Institute of Mediaeval Studies is pleased to welcome Professor Jean-Claude Schmitt who will give a talk on ‘Rhythms in History’ for this year’s Annual Lecture. SAIMS Lecture 2015 Schmitt

Professor Schmitt is one of the foremost cultural historians of the Middle Ages. He has been a long-time advocate of interdisciplinarity, using insights from anthropology, art history and literature to capture the way that people viewed the world. He is famous for his books The Holy Greyhound (1983), Ghosts in the Middle Ages (1998) and The Conversion of Herman the Jew (2010). He is Director of Studies at the École des Hautes Études en Science Sociales in Paris.

The lecture will take place at 17:15, 6 April, in Parliament Hall on South Street, followed by a wine reception.

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John Hudson Meets the Queen at Buckingham Palace

Professor John Hudson attended a reception organised to mark the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta, where he met the Queen.

From the University of St Andrews News webpage:

“On display at the reception was a facsimile of a British Library copy of the 1215 charter. Contrary to popular belief, there is no single original manuscript of Magna Carta; rather it was issued in multiple copies, of which four survive.

The original copies of the 1215 charter had been brought together at the British Library earlier this month for comparison. This was the first time since 1215 that they had been in one place together.

Professor Hudson said, ‘Buckingham Palace provided a majestic and peculiarly fitting setting for celebration of a document extracted by rebels from an unwilling and unpopular king, but rapidly transformed into a repeatedly granted royal promise of good government within the realm.  The guests came from across the globe, gathering in London to consider the standing of Magna Carta as a present-day symbol of commitment to justice.

“Magna Carta provides the written foundation stone of our unwritten Constitution, its constant interpretation over eight centuries unparalleled anywhere in the world as a process of negotiation between rulers and ruled.’”

For the full article and photograph, visit the University of St Andrews News page here.