3-4 November 2022

Symposium. Where to find that book? Chasing rare texts circa 800-1500

Convent of Noble Maidens

Odense, Denmark

Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies

Centre for Medieval Literature

Bookhunting is generally though of as a typical humanist activity: the term ‘bookhunter’ is used for Renaissance scholars like Poggio Bracciolini and Niccolò de Niccoli. Yet, they were not the first ones to have tried to look for a text they have only known from hearsay. Collecting, finding, hunting rare books is as old a pursuit as libraries themselves.
The present conference looks at this phenomenon in a more systematic way, from the 9th to the 15th centuries. We seek to cover both the Greek and the Latin worlds of texts as they follow similar trajectories and they become increasingly entangled.

The conference will take place 3 and 4 November 2022 in Odense, at the former Convent of Noble Maidens.
Attendance is free, but registration is required. To register please send an email to maivil@sdu.dk by 26 October. 


Thursday 3 November

9:30-11:00 Introduction by Réka Forrai
Jesse Keskiaho: Finding Patristic Authorities in the Carolingian Age
11:00-11:30 Coffee break
11:30-13:00 Aidan Conti: Finding and Loosing Pseudo-Eusebius: Books, Translation and Misattribution
Irene o’Daly: The pre- and after-lives of the hunted text: Ciceronian Manuscripts dating from between the 9th and the 12thcenturies
13:00-14:00 Lunch
14:00-15:30 Samu Niskanen: Search for books in monastic letter writing of the 11th and 12th centuries
Lars Boje Mortensen: Dusting off Carolingian books and the 12th century rediscovery of Curtius Rufus’ “Historia Alexandri Magni”
15:30-16:00 Coffee break
16:00-17:30 Dávid Falvay: The Inquisitor as Book Hunter: Observant Franciscans and Heretical Books in Italy
Lucie Doležalová: Ardent Amateurs: Richard of Bury and Other Late Medieval Bibliophiles in Action

Friday 4 November

10:15-11:00 Pieter Beullens: The quest for gems of Greek philosophy in the 13th century
11:00-11:30 Coffee break
11:30-13:00 Gottskalk Jensson: Latin books in medieval Iceland: What texts did the Icelanders collect and where did they get them
Christian Etheridge: Book Culture in the Far North: Investigations into the Library of a 14th Century Norwegian Bishop
13:00-14:00 Lunch
14:00-15:30 Rosa Rodriguez Porto: Networks of privilege: Bookhunting in Italy for Iberian patrons in the 15th century
Marianne Pade: Supplementing Gellius in 15th century Italy – the problem of the Greek
15:30-16:00 Coffee break
16:00-16:45 Kristian Jensen: Searching for manuscripts and running a business: the search for texts and printing in the 15th century
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