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The London Renaissance Seminar meets at Birkbeck regularly to discuss the literature, culture and history of the English Renaissance. It is free and welcomes all students, academics and people with an interest in the Renaissance or early modern period.

Upcoming events

11 November 2017: Tombs, Memorials and Monuments

How did the tomb or funerary monument contribute to the literature and culture of the Renaissance? As John Weever (1631) writes, a ‘Monument is a thing erected, made, or written, for a memoriall of some remarkable action, fit to bee transferred to future posterities’. Exploring the broad understanding of the tomb this suggests, this LRS examines the way in which stone communicated through image and text.

Keynes Library (Room 114), Birkbeck College School of Arts, 43 Gordon Square, London WC1H 0PD

  • 13.00 Coffee
  • 13.30-14.10 Eva Lauenstein (Birkbeck), ‘Within these tombes enclos’d’: Interring Renaissance Love in Mary Sidney Herbert’s Antonius
  • 14.10-14.50 Chloe Porter (University of Sussex), TBC.
  • 14.50-15.05 Discussion
  • 15.05-15.30 Coffee
  • 15.30-14.10 Patricia Phillippy (Kingston University) Amber Caskets: Shaping Remembrance in the Garden Tomb
    Abstract:Whether situated in churches or circulating in more flexible, mobile works—manuscript and printed texts, needlework, jewels and rosaries, personal bequests, or antique “rarities”—monuments were ubiquitous in post-Reformation England. This paper begins with the story of a recovered object, tracing its transmission from the classical past to the post-Reformation to argue that in this period of religious change, the unsettled meanings of sacred sites and recovered objects encouraged a new conception of remembrance and, with it, changed relationships between devotional and secular writings, arts, and identities. I end with a brief reading of the garden of Wales in Shakespeare’s Cymbeline and the John Tradescants’ garden tomb in Lambeth.
  • 16.10-16.50 Phillip Lindley (University of Leicester), Tudor Monuments at Framlingham, Suffolk: 3D scanning and analysis
  • 16.50-17.05 Discussion
  • 17.05-18.00 Discussion and Drinks

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The London Renaissance Seminar meets at Birkbeck to discuss topics in the culture of the Renaissance. Anyone with an interest in the Renaissance is welcome to attend. Seminars are usually held in the School of Arts, 43 Gordon Square.

London Renaissance Seminar Contact: Sue Wiseman