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The title of this lecture by CMRS Distinguished Visiting Scholar William Burgwinkle (Professor of Medieval French and Occitan Literature, King’s College, Cambridge) takes the expression “larger picture” in two senses. What are we to make of a world history that was written for the Flemish nobility, in order to glorify their role in the construction of a Christian empire, but found its first success in the city of Acre (today Akko, in Israel), capital of the Latin Crusader Kingdom in the mid-thirteenth century? The larger picture, in this sense, involves the writing of history in general—the attempt to place oneself within a larger timeframe and find a place for oneself in the past; but it also implies the importance of place in a literal sense. Acre was the most international city of its day, a small but thriving cultural, religious, and commercial center, always on the brink of imminent disaster. Such a precarious situation bred a taste for history and histories, narratives that would provide the bearings for dealing with the unruly and the unexpected. .
These two presentations—the first by Professor Emeritus Paul Sellin (English, UCLA) and the second by Professor Christine Sellin (Art History, California Lutheran University) deal with 1) the hitherto neglected importance of the 1598 Dutch translation of Sir Walter Ralegh’s The Discoverie of Guiana (1596) and 2) the genesis of the famous De Bry and other illustrations soon to follow.
The Fall Session of California Medieval History Seminar will meet at the Huntington Library to discuss four pre-distributed research papers. Esther Liberman Cuenca (PhD candidate, Fordham University), Professor Sharon Farmer (UC Santa Barbara), Professor Alison Perchuk (California State University, Channel Islands), and Eugene Smelyansky (PhD candidate, History, UC Irvine) will present their work at the Seminar’s Fall session. Participants are expected to have read the papers in advance and come prepared to discuss them. Speakers and paper topics are announced by e-mail and on the CMRS website. To be added to the announcement list contact email@example.com. More information is at cmrs.ucla.edu/programs/med_hist_seminar.html.
We all know Christopher Marlowe was killed on 30 May 1593. Would you believe that in early 1600, William Shakespeare wrote As You Like It to commemorate the seventh anniversary of the death of his friend and mentor, and modeled the character of Jaques on the deceased? Come, listen and see. Dr. Steve Sohmer (Fleming Fellow of Lincoln College, Oxford, and CMRS Associate) will discuss the particulars.