The Early Book Society Newsletter
Spring 2006

Kalamazoo 2006
The Early Book Society is pleased to present six special sessions at the 41st International Congress on Medieval Studies, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, to be held from May 4-7, 2006. This year, EBS sessions are scheduled from Thursday through Saturday and for several different rooms, so please flag those you wish attend in your program once you receive it. Please also plan to attend the annual business meeting of the Early Book Society where we will distribute the annual membership lists and ask for session themes or topics for Kalamazoo 2007. Suggestions for “Codices and Community: Networks of Reading and Production, 1350-1550,” a conference to be held at the University of Salford in Manchester in July 2007, are also welcome. Currently, there are plans for EBS to visit the John Rylands Library, Chetham’s Library, Stonyhurst College and National Trust houses in the area as part of the conference. Future venues for the EBS conference (with Nowton Court in Bury St Edmunds offered by Toshi Takamiya and the Université de Montréal offered by Joyce Boro as two enticing possibilities) will also be discussed. The business meeting will be held on Friday evening at 8 pm in Fetzer 1060.

I. Session 45: Thursday, May 4, 10 am, Bernhard Brown & Gold Room
Verbal and Visual Glosses in MSS and Printed Books
Presider: Martha W. Driver, Pace University

Glossing the Ages: Translatio Visualized in Frontispieces to Des faits et dits memorables
Joyce Coleman, University of Oklahoma

Friars, Blacksmiths, and Verbal Glosses on the Common Good
Jenny Adams, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Poets, Poachers and Printers: Glossing the Pastoral in Early Modern England
Mike Dzanko, Ashland University

II. Session 89: Thursday, May 4, 1:30 pm, Fetzer 2020
Verbal and Visual Glosses in Manuscripts and Printed Books II
Presider: Derek A. Pearsall, Harvard University

The Bliss of Visual and Textual Glossing in Alfonzo X’s Cantigas
Anthony J. Cárdenas-Rotunno, Univ. Nacional Autónoma de Mexico

Preaching in Pictures: Tituli, Illuminations, and Reader Reception in Manuscripts of the Old French Vie des pères
Karen Casebier, University of Wisconsin–Madison

Crashaw’s Commentary on a Lost Latin Manuscript
Jeanne Krochalis, Pennsylvania State Univ.

III. Session 372: Friday, May 5, 3:30 pm, Bernhard 213
Medieval Fan Fic: Rewriting Popular Texts in the Middle Ages (and Beyond)
Presider: Martha W. Driver

A Newly Discovered Translation and Grisel v Mirabella (ca. 1475) Printed by Copland (ca. 1531)
Joseph J. Gwara, United States Naval Academy

Tristan Transformed: Wagner, Mann, and Griffiths
David Lampe, Buffalo State College

Cue the Incidental Middle Ages: Happiness, Brutality, [In]Stability, and Walking behind the Plow
Carl James Grindley, Hostos Community College, CUNY

IV. Session 423: Saturday, May 6, 10:00 a.m., Bernhard 208
The Big Book: Encyclopedias, Compendia, Anthologies I
Presider: Carl James Grindley, Hostos Community College, CUNY

The Rosarius and the Limits of Anthologization Daniel E. O‚Sullivan, University of Mississippi
Pierre Augustin, IRHT-Paris

Big Is Beautiful: The Production and Dissemination of Big Books in Sixteenth-Century England
Elizabeth Evenden, Newnham College, University of Cambridge

Paratextual Transgression in Tudor and Stuart Bibles
Vivienne Westbrook, National Taiwan University

V. Session 483: Saturday, May 6, 1:30 p.m., Bernhard 209
Written and Printed Ordinatio: Materials and Methods
Presider: Janetta Rebold Benton, Pace Univ/Metropolitan Museum of Art

Presentation, Layout, and Censorship in the Rous Roll
Martha W. Driver, Pace University

L'evolution d'un florilège de la tradition manuscrite à la tradition imprimèe
Jacqueline Hamesse, Univ. Catholique de Louvain

Julitta and Quiricus: Invoking Childbirth Saints in Odd Places (Beinecke MS 410 and British Library, Sloane MS 873b)
Mary Morse, Rider University

VI. Session 545: Saturday, May 6, 3:30 p.m., Bernhard 211
The Big Book: Encyclopedias, Compendia, Anthologies II
Presider: Joyce Coleman, University of Oklahoma

On Compiling A Dictionary of the Anglo-Saxon Language
Dabney A. Bankert, James Madison University

A Thirteenth-Century Compilation: The Lancelot of Yale 229
Elizabeth M. Willingham, Baylor University

Middle English Alchemical Compilations: The Case of Trinity College, Cambridge MS R. 14. 37
Peter Grund, University of MichiganˆAnn Arbor

 

EBS Book Series

Texts and Transitions: Studies in the History of MSS and Printed Books is based on the ideals and aims of the Early Book Society. Through Brepols, EBS publishes monographs dealing with late medieval manuscripts and early printed books to about 1550, particularly those that explore the transition from manuscript to print and questions to do with readers and literacy, owners and patronage, the dissemination of texts, and the reception of medieval texts. A Œtext‚ may be either a word or an image, where a picture serves also as a text that can be read and interpreted. The focus is mainly on manuscripts and books produced in England or for the English market, and closely related French and Continental works. Books to be encouraged include monographs of about 250 - 300 pages, collections of previously published essays by one author (updated and revised), or in some cases essay collections with a tightly unified theme.

Monographs may include illustrations, mainly in black and white, though color illustrations may be reproduced in special cases. Authors are responsible for purchasing photographs and securing the permissions to reproduce them. The immediate organizers and general editors of the series are Martha Driver (Pace University, NY) and Derek Pearsall (Harvard University, emeritus). The advisory board comprises scholars expert in the various fields of late medieval and early modern literature and culture and in the history of manuscripts and books. The members of the board are: Julia Boffey (Queen Mary, University of London), Jennifer Britnell (University of Durham), Ardis Butterfield (University College, London), Philippa Hardman (University of Reading), Dieter Mehl (University of Bonn), Alastair Minnis (Ohio State University), Oliver Pickering (Brotherton Library, Leeds), John Scattergood (Trinity College, Dublin), and John Thompson (Queen's University, Belfast). Those interested in inquiring about submissions should contact Simon Forde at Brepols simon.forde@brepols.net, Derek Pearsall derek@apearsall.fsnet.co.uk or Martha Driver mdriver@pace.edu.

JEBS 9 in Progress
JEBS 9, forthcoming in summer 2006, will be sent to all members who have paid their annual dues on or before May 5. (See below.) Among the authors to be featured in the forthcoming issue are A.I. Doyle, Ralph Hanna, Ann Eljenholm Nichols, Matti Peikola, Daniel Wakelin, Joel Fredell, Rebecca Schoff Erwin, and Sherry L. Reames. Copies may also be ordered separately (see below). Longer papers (35 - 40 pp.), with endnotes and a full Works Cited list, are now being collected for JEBS 10. Substantial essays on any aspect of the history of manuscripts and/or printed books, with emphasis on the period between 1350 to 1550, should be sent for consideration in duplicate with an abstract to Martha Driver. A limited number of illustrations may be included with complete captions and permissions citations; xeroxes of these should initially be sent with papers for consideration to the editor. Notes on recent discoveries (4 -10 pp), highlighting little-known or recently uncovered texts or images, may be sent to Linne Mooney, Department of English and Related Literatures, Centre for Medieval Studies, University of York, King‚s Manor, York Y01 7EP UK. Inquiries are welcome LRM3@York.ac.uk. Please send brief descriptions (150-450 words) of little- or lesser-known collections and libraries of interest to the Society to Martha Driver, Early Book Society, Department of English, Pace University, 41 Park Row, New York, NY 10038. Members of the Early Book Society who are recent authors may send review books for consideration to Susan Powell, Reviews Editor, Department of English, University of Salford, Salford M5 4WT UK. Sue may be contacted at S.Powell@salford.ac.uk.

Subscription Information
While many EBS members have ordered JEBS 9, the current issue, with their membership renewal, further copies must be ordered separately. If you are ordering from outside the US, you can pay with VISA (in U.S. dollars) using the order form that can be downloaded from the EBS site at http://www.pace.edu/press. Libraries may purchase copies directly from Ingram Library Services (1-800-937-5300). A membership renewal form for 2005-2006, which includes the cost of JEBS 9, may be found on the last page of this bulletin. Members are asked, however, to pay their dues promptly. Members in the UK and elsewhere who pay Linne Mooney in pounds sterling should already have done so, or should pay shortly, so Journal orders may be placed with Pace UP in a timely fashion. US members paying in dollars should pay not later than the annual business meeting at Western Michigan (May 5, 2006). JEBS may also be ordered separately from Pace UP, which accepts credit cards.

 

ICMA Announces 50th Anniversary
contributed by Elizabeth C. Teviotdale
The International Center of Medieval Art invites members of the Early Book Society to become members of the ICMA in this our 50th anniversary year. The mission of the ICMA is to promote and support the study, understanding, and preservation of the visual and material culture of the Middle Ages produced in Europe, the Mediterranean region, and the Slavic world during the period between ca. 300 and ca. 1500 CE. To this end the ICMA facilitates scholarship and education and sponsors public lectures, conferences, publications, and exhibitions devoted to medieval art and culture. Members receive the journal Gesta, which is published twice annually and includes color reproductions, as well as the Newsletter (published three times annually) and discounts on other publications. More important, members become a part of a vibrant community of those interested in medieval art. Our anniversary is being marked by a series of special events, including the exhibition provisionally entitled "Facing the Middle Ages" at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and an accompanying symposium on October 14-15. Watch for further details. Individual membership is $55/year (US) and $60/year (non-US). Those paying in US dollars may send a check or money order to ICMA, The Cloisters, Fort Tryon Park, New York, NY 10040. Members paying in non-EU currency may also send checks written in local currency (please add the equivalent of US $10 for currency conversion). Checks in Euros should be sent to Dr. Danielle Johnson, ICMA Foreign Secretary, 3 Avenue Emile Acollas, 75007 Paris FRANCE. Please note: EU checks written in US dollars cannot be accepted. For more information, please contact: icma@medievalart.org.

Terry Belanger Awarded MacArthur
The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation announced that Terry Belanger, champion of rare books and founder of University of Virginia‚s Rare Book School (formerly housed at Columbia University in New York), is one of this year‚s MacArthur fellows. The Rare Book School (RBS) is an independent, non-profit institute dedicated to teaching about the history of manuscripts and printed books. Historians, literary scholars, librarians, conservators, collectors, and book artists attend RBS courses taught by well-known scholars in the field, including Martin Antonetti, Nicolas Barker, John Bidwell, Christopher Clarkson, Albert Derolez, Consuelo Dutschke, Mirjam Foot, Ian Gadd, Paul Needham, Barbara Shailor, and Roger Wieck. Courses run for five days and are offered in January, March, June, July, August and October. For more information about RBS, see: www.virginia.edu/oldbooks/rbs/schedule.html.

 

Constabulary Notes from All Over
Library Fire in Tehran
Tehran University law library, which housed major Iranian manuscripts and inscriptions, was damaged by fire in mid-November, 2005. Many of the books at the library of Tehran University‚s Faculty of Law and Political Sciences were destroyed. Mohammad Arabzadeh, the director of the Fire Investigation Office of Tehran Province, said the library was not equipped with fire extinguishers and did not have an alarm system. Arabzadeh, with a team of experts from the Tehran Fire Department, had previously drafted a set of rules for safeguarding libraries, and he expressed his dissatisfaction that libraries are still not observing these rules. The full extent of the loss remains unknown.

Update on Smiley
E. Forbes Smiley III, the well-known American map dealer who was arrested at the Beinecke Library last year after the librarian noticed an X-Acto blade near the desk where he was studying valuable antique maps, is free on $175,000 bail. Smiley met the judge in the case on 17 November 2005 and on 10 January 2006 but no further information has been reported. Following Smiley‚s much publicized arrest, the Boston Public Library, the Newberry Library, the Beinecke and Sterling Memorial Library at Yale University, the New York Public Library and the British Library reported losses of maps. As of January 15, 2006, Yale University began a detailed inventory of its antique (and modern) maps, temporarily closing that division to researchers, and may pursue digitizing its rare materials. For information and articles pertaining to the Smiley case, see www.maphistory.info/smiley.html.

Books Stolen from the Royal Library, Sweden, Turn Up in Germany
Swedish Radio reported on September 29, 2005, that an employee at a respected German auction house had been arrested for receiving stolen goods, including books and manuscripts stolen from the Swedish Royal Library. The original thief was formerly employed at the Royal Library. He was later killed in a gas explosion at his flat in Stockholm in December, 2005. In connection with the September arrest in Germany, police have recovered a number of valuable books but many are still missing. Stockholm‚s university library has six books unaccounted for, two from the early fifteenth century and four from the seventeenth century.Peter Bellwood, 52, a landscape gardener once on Scotland Yard's "Ten most wanted" list, has been jailed for his theft of 50 maps from the National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth. In 2000, he further admitted six charges of theft of antique maps, and with another British map thief, he is believed to have taken approximately 4,500 maps missing from libraries across Europe. Bellwood is also the subject of an extradition request from Denmark, where he is wanted for numerous alleged thefts.

Gilkey on the Loose
John Charles Gilkey, a convicted book thief, was released from San Quentin prison in mid-July. He has been spotted this fall in several San Francisco bookshops and may be planning extended visits to the rare book and special collections departments of local libraries. A photograph of Gilkey may be obtained from John Windle, Antiquarian Bookseller www.johnwindle.com in San Francisco.

Books of Mormon Stolen
The Salt Lake Tribune has reported the theft of two rare editions of the Book of Mormon printed in the 1840s from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints‚ Institute near the University of Utah. The books together are valued at over $60,000 and are stamped with the names "University Institute" or "Institute of Religion." Anyone with information about the theft is asked to call the University of Utah police at 801-585-COPS (2677).

Kentucky Book Thieves Get Seven Years in Prison
Members on the EBS chatline received e-mails at Christmas, 2004, concerning a theft of rare books from the library at Transylvania University, which included a first edition of Charles Darwin‚s On the Origin of Species, an edition of the Hortus Sanitatis, printed for Antoine Vérard ca. 1500, an illuminated manuscript written at Winchester in 1425, and twenty Audubon sketches. In the robbery, the Special Collections librarian was stunned with a Taser, tied up and gagged. One year later, the four men involved in the theft (who included two college students) were sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Jennifer Coffman to serve seven years in a federal prison. (thanks to Sylvie Merian for forwarding much of this information.)

 

Calls for Papers
The Society for Textual Scholarship invites the submission of whole panels or individual papers for the fourteenth biennial international interdisciplinary conference to be held March 14-17, 2007, at New York University. The Program chairs are particularly interested in papers and panels, as well as workshops and roundtables, on the following topics: textual environments, textual cultures, textual ruins, textual arts (including book arts), and digital texts and editing projects. Papers and panels should be aimed at a broad interdisciplinary audience. Papers should be no longer than 20 minutes, and panels are to include three papers or presentations. For individual proposals, submit a one- or two-page abstract that includes the name, e-mail address and institutional affiliation of the participant. Panel proposals should include a session title, the name of the contact person for the session, the names, e-mail addresses and institutional addresses and affiliations for participants and a one- to two-page abstract for each proposed paper in the session. Abstracts in all cases should indicate any audio-visual or technological support required. Inquiries and proposals should be submitted by October 31, 2006, either to Nicholas Frankel, Virginia Commonwealth University (nrfrankel@vcu.edu) or Marta Werner, Youville College (wernerm@dyc.edu).

The Modern Language Association convention will be held in Philadelphia in December 2006. All participants in sessions must be members of MLA by 7 April 2006. Proposals in the form of electronic 1-page abstracts should be sent not later than March 15. Sessions pertaining to manuscript and early print studies include: "The Englishing‚ of Medieval Texts in French" (contact Robert Yeager (byeager@uwf.edu); "The Image of Troy in Non-Chaucerian Middle English Texts" (Lorraine K. Stock lstock@uh.edu); Book of the Duchess (Kathryn Lynch klynch@wellesley.edu); "The History of the Book in Early Modern Britain I: Publishing and Bookselling, c. 1476-1700" (Douglas Bruster bruster@mail.utexas.edu); "The History of the Book in Early Modern Britain II: Consuming Print" (John N. King king.2@osu.edu); "The History of the Book in Early Modern Britain III: Modes of Literacy" (Nigel S. Smith nsmith@princeton.edu); "Orality, Literacy, Print in Scotland" (Sharon Alker alkers@whitman.edu); "Sources for Medieval Literary Study: What to Digitize?" (Grover Furr furrg@mail.montclair.edu).

Columbia University Names New RBMS Library Head Michael T. Ryan, Director of the Annenberg Rare Book and Manuscript Library at the University of Pennsylvania, will replace Jean Ashton, who retired as Director of Columbia's Rare Book and Manuscript Library in December. Ryan is known for his work as head of the Schoenberg Center for Electronic Image and Text, which he founded to make digital facsimiles of rare books and manuscripts in the Penn library collections, making them widely available to scholars and researchers. The Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Columbia owns over 600,000 rare books. For further information about Columbia's collections, please call 212-854-5153.

Digital Scriptorium: Consuelo Dutschke, Curator of Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts at Columbia University, who is well known to many EBS members, is the force behind the Digital Scriptorium, a valuable resource for manuscript scholars. An image database of medieval and early modern manuscripts, the Digital Scriptorium includes bibliographic information about manuscripts along with photographs from many US libraries, including the manuscript collections at the University of Texas, Austin; The Johns Hopkins University Library, Baltimore; the University of California, Berkeley and Davis campuses; the University of Missouri, Columbia; California State Library and San Francisco State Library. Documented manuscript collections in New York City include those at Barnard College, Columbia University, the New York Public Library, Union Theological Seminary, and Jewish Theological Seminary. The site is free to scholars on the Internet at: http://www.scriptorium.columbia.edu.

Book History Workshop (École de l‚institut d‚histoire du livre): The fifth annual session of the Book History Workshop will be held from 3-6 April in the Lyon Printing Museum and the rare book department of the City Library. Courses in English include "Gothic illuminated manuscripts in the history of the book," taught by Sandra Hindman (Professor Emerita, Northwestern University, Evanston, and owner of Les Enluminures [Paris] and Les Enluminures, Ltd. [Chicago]) and "Type, lettering and calligraphy, 1450-1830," taught by James Mosley (Visiting Professor in the Department of Typography & Graphic Communication, University of Reading). Courses in French are "Introduction á la bibliographie matérielle," taught by Neil Harris (University of Udine, Italy) and "Reliures françaises á décor doré 1507-1967: grands ateliers et grands amateurs," taught by Isabelle de Conihout (Senior Librarian, Bibliothèque Mazarine) and Pascal Ract-Madoux (bookseller and binding expert). Tuition is 450 euros and includes a mid-day meal. For more information, contact the Institut d‚histoire du livre at mnfrachon@bm-lyon.fr.

Folger Shakespeare Library Acquires Thynne‚s Chaucer In summer 2005, the Folger Library acquired a copy of William Thynne‚s edition of The Workes of Geoffrey Chaucer (London, 1550?) which contains a near-contemporary epigram in manuscript by the minor British poet Timothy Kendall: "An epigraphe upon the death of the right excellent poet Syr Geffrey Chaucer, made by Timothe Kendall." Kendall's Flowers of Epigrammes was published in London in 1577 and dedicated to Lord Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester. The Folger Thynne previously belonged to Frances Wolfreston (1607-1677) and is inscribed "Frances Wolfresston her bouk given her by her motherilaw mary wolfreston." This is one of thirteen items now owned by the Folger from Wolfreston‚s library which originally included more than 400 volumes housed in libraries in Britain and America. Wolfreston wrote her name in most of her books and often also annotated them.

 

Grants Supporting MS and Book Research
The Hill Monastic Manuscript Library (HMML) invites applications for research stipends supported by the A.A. Heckman Fund. Up to 10 stipends of up to $1,500 are awarded annually to defray the cost of travel, accommodation, microfilm reproduction, and other expenses. Undergraduate, graduate or postdoctoral scholars are eligible. Applicants should send a letter of application, a c.v., a one-page description of the research project and a confidential letter of recommendation from their advisor, thesis director, mentor (or in the case of postdoctoral candidates, colleague) to Committee on Research, Hill Monastic Manuscript Library, Bush Center, Box 7300, Saint John‚s University, Collegeville, MN 56321-7300. Awards are made on 15 April for study undertaken between January and June and 15 November for study planned between July and December. For more information, see: http://www.hmml.org/scholars/research/heckman.asp.

The Newberry Library in Chicago invites applicants for two types of research funding: long-term fellowships with a stipend of up to $40,000 and short-term fellowships, intended for postdoctoral scholars and Ph.D. candidates outside the Chicago area who have a specific need to use the Newberry collections. For more information and to download application materials, visit www.newberry.org For materials to be sent by mail, write to: Committee on Awards, Newberry Library, 60 West Walton St, Chicago, IL 60610-3380 USA. E-mail: research@newberry.org.

NEH Research Fellowships: The Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies invites applications for six fellowships of five weeks duration to conduct research in the collections of the Vatican Film Library or in the rare book and manuscript collections of Pius XII Memorial Library at Saint Louis University. Applicants must have the doctorate or be a PhD-candidate at the dissertation stage. Topics may be proposed on any subject in the areas of paleography, codicology, illumination, editing, history, philosophy, theology, science, literature, scriptural and patristic studies, Roman and Canon law. Priority will be given applicants with paleographical and linguistic skills. For details on the Vatican Film Library, see http://www.slu.edu/libraries/vfl. For information on rare books and MSS, see http://www.slu.edu/libraries/pius/archives/collections/collections.html. There is no formal application deadline. Contact: David T. Murphy, Director, CMRS, Saint Louis University, 221 N. Grand Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63103 (314-977-7180, FAX 314-977-3704, cmrs@slu.edu).

Schallek Fellowships and Awards : The Medieval Academy collaborates with the Richard III Society-American Branch in offering a full-year fellowship and five graduate student awards. The fellowship and awards are supported by a generous gift to the Richard III Society from William B. and Maryloo Spooner Schallek. The Schallek Fellowship provides a one-year grant of $30,000 to support Ph.D. dissertation research in any relevant discipline dealing with late-medieval Britain (ca. 1350-1500). The annual application deadline is 15 October.
The Schallek awards support graduate students conducting research in any relevant discipline dealing with late-medieval Britain (ca. 1350-1500). The $2,000 awards help defray research expenses such as the cost of travel to research collections and the cost of photographs, photocopies, microfilms, and other research materials. The cost of books or equipment (e.g., computers) is not included. The annual application deadline is 15 February. Applicants to both Schallek programs must be members of the Medieval Academy. Graduate students who are members of the Medieval Academy and who seek support to research and write Ph.D. dissertations on topics related to medieval Britain before 1350 or on any other medieval topic should apply to the Medieval Academy Dissertation Grant program. For more information, contact the Medieval Academy, http://www.medievalacademy.org.

AMARC Invites Grant Applications: As recently announced in the Newsletter of the Association for Manuscripts and Archives in Research Collections, AMARC offers grants to its members (either individuals or institutions) to support costs of holding conferences and workshops, for small projects such as web-publication of unpublished manuscript catalogues, and for assistance to scholars needing to obtain reproductions or undertaking essential travel for research. Applications should include a brief outline of the project, conference or work; a budget of costs; the specific purpose for which the grant is sought; the names and addresses of two referees; and the applicant‚s address details. Applications should be submitted to Dr. Michael Stansfield, AMARC Treasurer, Durham University Library, Palace Green, Durham DH1 3RN UK (email m.m.n.stansfield@durham.ac.uk) at any time during the year. Awards will be made in the amount of £500. To join AMARC, send an inquiry by mail or email to Mrs Clare Brown, AMARC Membership Secretary, Assistant Archivist, Lambeth Palace Library, London SE1 7JU UK clare.brown@lpl.c-of-e.org.uk. Personal membership is £10 per year. Add an extra £5 to cover bank charges on checks in non-sterling currencies.

 

Conferences, Colloquia, Talks, Exhibitions of Interest to EBS Members
Mar 9-11
: The 15th biennial New College Conference on Medieval and Renaissance Studies, New College, Sarasota, Florida. Contact Nova Myhill: nmyhill@ncf.edu. Website: http://faculty.ncf.edu/Medieval Studies/.

Mar 30-Apr 1 Medieval Academy of America meeting, Boston. Hosted by Boston College, Boston University, Brandeis University, Harvard University, Tufts University and Wellesley College. Featured speakers are Michelle Brown, Giles Constable, Mary Carruthers, Paul Szarmach. Website: http://www.medievalacademy.org/annual meetings/.

Apr 7-8 Power in the Middle Ages, Thirty-third Annual Sewanee MedievalColloquium. Contact: Sewanee Medieval Colloquium, The University of the South, 735 University Avenue, Sewanee, Tennessee 37383-1000. E-mail: sridyard@sewanee.edu.

Apr 7 Symposium on the History of the Book, The Newberry Library, Chicago, featuring Tom Amos (Western Michigan University), Richard Clement (University of Kansas), Paul Gehl (Newberry), Paul Saenger (Newberry) and other speakers. Website: www.newberry.org/renaissance/ or email renaissance@newberry.org.

Apr 7-8 "Devotion Before Print," a conference hosted by the Program for Medieval Studies, University of Chicago. Contact Christina von Nolcken. E-mail: mcv4@uchicago.edu. Website: http://medieval.uchicago.edu/.

May 28-Jun 1 "Manuscript Books in the Early Middle Ages," forum for discussion of Latin paleography, sponsored by University of Notre Dame at the Villa Barberini, Piazza San Pietro, Italy. Sessions are free and open to the public. Contact Michael Gorman. E-mail: michael.gorman@fastwebnet.it.

Jun 29-Jul Authority in European Book Culture, University of Liverpool. Keynote speakers are Adrian Armstrong (Manchester) and Brian Richardson (Leeds). For more information, contact Pollie Bromilow. Email: pollie.bromilow@liverpool.ac.uk.

Jun 29-July 1 Foreigners, Strangers, and Others in Medieval France, the International Medieval Society, Paris. Keynote speakers are William Chester Jordan (Princeton) and Michael T. Davis (Mt Holyoke). Website: http://www.ims-paris.org/.

Jul 27-31 New Chaucer Society, 15th Biennial Congress, New York. Website: http://www.artsci.wustl.edu/~chaucer/.

Sept 21-23 "Medieval Multilingualism in England, France and Italy." Abstracts due April 1. Contact: Keith Busby kbusby@wisc.edu or Christopher Kleinhenz ckleinhe@wisc.edu for more information.