Marianne Ailes on Charlemagne at Leeds IMC

It has been exciting to see the Charlemagne project grow and interact with other researchers beyond the network. It was particularly good for our panel at Leeds to have two speakers who are from outside the project network: Elizabeth Munro, a research student at SOAS, and Dr Wendy Hoofnagle from the University of Northern Iowa, author of The Continuity of the Conquest: Charlemagne and Anglo-Norman imperialism (Pennsylvania, 2016). We also hosted a reception and exhibition. We are very grateful to the University of Leeds and the Brotherton Library who enabled us to have our exhibits in a room next to the ‘Treasures of the Brotherton’ exhibition, with the reception just outside. The ‘Treasures of the Brotherton’ turned the genealogical roll, Brotherton Library BC MS 100, to display the Charlemagne image (see our ‘Medieval Images of Charlemagne’ virtual exhibition). In an Annex to the ‘Treasures’ we showed images of the All Saints Church, Claverley wall paintings (also now visible in our virtual exhibition) and two of the Bayard’s Colts, early modern ceremonial staffs owned by Walsall Council and now rarely on public display; on display at Leeds were the ‘Charlemagne’ head and a diabolical head. The Bortherton Library also brought out their facsimile of the genealogical roll.