Conference Report “Seals and Status 800-1700”

I am so looking forward to this conference! Dynastic loyalties is as relevant now as ever. Think about the IS caliphate in Syria and Iraq. My paper, Richard III: Loyalty binds me, is a study of this most controversial English monarch in terms of his perplexing motto, Loyaulté me lie (loyalty binds me). On 16th July this year, my theatre company, Heirs of Banquo, is staging a play about Richard at Theatr Clwyd in Wales, UK.

Set in a 21st Century Caliphate, where the blood of martyrs and traitors still boils after decades of civil war, This Glorious Son charts the rise to supreme power of rank-outsider, Richard, youngest brother of the dying King. Reportage and music wrap authentic excerpts of Shakespeare’s Richard III to tell how tyranny rises in failed states. Four centuries after his death, Shakespeare’s early play about the usurpation of an entire, war-torn land is as relevant as ever.

Royal Studies Journal

Jitske Jasperse shared her conference report with us on “Seals and Status 800-1700” at the British Museum from December 4th to 6th, 2015.
Have you also been to an interesting conference in the field of Royal Studies? Send us your conference report!

The conference Seals and Status 800-1700, held in London’s British Museum from 4-6 December 2016, was an engaging conference. This was largely due to the variety of topics addressed: from the well-known seals of kings and queens to those of the lower classes, from seal matrices from Anglo-Saxon England to Chinese seals on paintings and lead seals in Byzantium, and from saints and seals to the manufacturers of seals and their production process. In addition, the multidisciplinary approach, with speakers presenting material from different perspectives, certainly stimulated the exchange of ideas and was inspiring for those who would not label themselves sigillographers. While no justice…

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