The Getty Center
Date: Friday, February 4, 2011
Time: 9:00 a.m.–7:00 p.m.
Location: Getty Center, Museum Lecture Hall
Past Event

Jean de Vaudetar Presenting a Book to King Charles V (detail) / Bondol
Between 1100 and 1500, history writing and its illustration in the francophone west were transformed. Universal Latin chronicles were supplemented by vernacular works in verse and in prose, biblical genealogy engendered national and regional genealogies, the sites of history writing migrated from monasteries to royal courts, and conquest and civil war became marginal rather than central propositions. The symposium will explore a wide range of topics, from the politics of iconography to the politics of patronage; from the idea of family genealogy to the creation of regional identities; and from multilingualism to nationalism.

Join medieval scholars from across North America and Europe to consider history writing in its material, paleographical, and iconographical contexts. During the three-day symposium, 17 distinguished speakers will present papers on Latin chronicles and vernacular histories from the 12th to the 15th centuries, and on the illuminations that grace their pages.

The symposium will coincide with the final days of the major international loan exhibition, Imagining the Past in France, 1250–1500, on view at the Getty Center November 16, 2010–February 6, 2011.

The Future of the Past: History in the Medieval Francophone West is jointly organized by the Department of Manuscripts at the Getty Center and the Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies at UCLA, and with the support of the Ahmanson Foundation. Days one and three (February 3 and 5) take place at UCLA. For further information on those days, please contact the Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies:
(310) 825-1880, e-mail, or visit:

The program on Friday, February 4, takes place at the Getty Center.

9:00–9:15 a.m.
Welcome: David Bomford, Acting Director, J. Paul Getty Museum

Opening Remarks: Elizabeth Morrison, J. Paul Getty Museum, and
Anne D. Hedeman, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

9:15–11:15 a.m.
Creating French History
Chair: Mary Rouse, Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, University of California, Los Angeles

"From the Brut to the Lancelot en prose: A Rewriting of French Romances in the 12th to 13th Centuries"
Thierry Delcourt, Bibliothèque nationale de France

"History and Hagiography in a Rare Constellation: La Vie de Saint Denis (BnF, Mss. fr. 2090–2092) and the Chronique des rois (BnF, Ms. lat. 13836)"
Charlotte Lacaze, The American University of Paris

"Who Made Up the Emperor in a 14th-Century Manuscript of the Grandes chroniques de France?"
Marie-Thérèse Gousset, Bibliothèque nationale de France

1:30–3:30 p.m.
Illuminating History
Chair: Richard Rouse, University of California, Los Angeles

"Between Historical Romance and Romanced Storytelling: On Different Ways of Reading the Same Text in the Middle Ages— Looking at the Roman d'Alexandre en prose"
Maud Pérez-Simon, Université Paris III-Sorbonne Nouvelle

"Signs on the Wall: History Painting in Fauvel's Palace (BnF, Ms. fr. 146)"
Nancy Freeman Regalado, New York University

"Princely Pretensions and Fictive Pasts: Antoine and Jean de Chabannes and the Fabled Counts of Dammartin"
Elizabeth A. R. Brown, Brooklyn College and the Graduate Center, City University of New York

3:30–4:00 p.m.

4:00–5:00 p.m.
Keynote address: "From Latin and Universal History to French and Regional Chronicle: The Manuscripts of Two 13th-Century Historians, Vincent of Beauvais and the Anonyme de Béthune"
Alison Stones, University of Pittsburgh

5:00–7:00 p.m.
Exhibition visit (self-guided) and reception

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