Herbert of Bosham: A Medieval Polymath
Corpus Christi College, Cambridge
15-16 April 2013
Herbert of Bosham (d. c. 1194) was Thomas Becket’s closest advisor, a diplomat and correspondent, a prolific historian, biblical commentator and Hebrew scholar, and he was responsible for one of the most elegant sets of illuminated books of his time. He was a participant in some of the most momentous events of the twelfth century. In his lifetime, Herbert felt he had been unjustly overlooked by posterity, and for over 800 years he has been largely neglected.
This is the first conference ever convened to honour his achievements: it brings together outstanding scholars from diverse disciplines – history, theology, manuscript studies, Jewish studies and art history – to examine the range of Herbert’s work and its relationship to the intellectual, ecclesiastical and political world of the twelfth century. Papers address such topics as Herbert’s manuscripts and their illustrations; his relationship to Thomas Becket and to the court; his biblical scholarship and contacts with Jewish scholars; and his work as historian and correspondent. The conference will include a dinner, and an exhibition in the Parker Library of original manuscripts by Herbert and his immediate circle.
Speakers will include Julie Barrau, Laura Cleaver, Christopher de Hamel, Anne Duggan, Eva de Visscher, Hugh Doherty, Sabina Flanagan, Michael Staunton, Nicholas Vincent, and Andrea Worm.
The conference is co-organised by Michael Staunton and Christopher de Hamel. Some overnight accommodation will be available in Corpus Christi College. To register, please complete the registration form. For any further information, email email@example.com.
The conference is supported by the Association for Manuscripts and Archives in Research Collections.