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You can access each talk at  Meeting ID: 981 7030 6596.

November 4's MedFair lecture takes us to rural Derbyshire in the 15th and 16th centuries, where the Findern family created their own entertainment, collecting and recording everything from love lyrics to saints’ lives into a now-famous manuscript--most likely intended for shared public readings in the evenings.

Medieval Fair Free Lecture Series
Friday, November 4, 2022, 6:15–7:30 p.m.
Norman Public Library Central, 103 W. Acres St.
"Scrap-booking in the Fifteenth Century: Or, How to Play the Game of Love"
Lecture by Prof. Cindy Rogers (OSU)

Co-sponsored by OU’s Center for  Medieval & Renaissance Studies
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Full list of 2022-23 Medieval Fair of Norman Free Lecture Series
Norman Public Library Central, 103 W. Acres St.

Nov. 4: Prof. Cindy Rogers, OSU
         “Scrapbooking in the 15th Century: Or How to Play the Game of Love”
         The Findern family of Derbyshire enjoyed reading the stories they collected or themselves composed for their famous “household manuscript”—particularly when it gave them the chance to argue over the virtues and vices of women.

Nov. 18: Prof. Rilla Askew, English Dept., OU
         “Anne Askew, Henry VIII’s Last Martyr”
         Anne Askew was a poet, preacher, and Reformist believer. This lecture looks at Henry VIII in his last months, the court intrigues and personalities that surrounded him, and what happened to one young woman who refused to name names.

Jan. 20: Prof. Allison Palmer, Art History Dept., OU
         “’Stunners’: How Victorian England Fell for the Middle Ages”
         This talk will explore the stunningly beautiful scenes of seduction, unrequited love, intrigue, sorrow, and death painted during the Gothic (medieval) Revival launched by a group of Victorian artists known as the Pre-Raphaelites.

Feb. 17: Prof. Joyce Coleman, English Dept., OU
        “The Invention of Romance: The Medieval Plot That Created Modern Love”
         Romance is an idea and an ideal embraced by millions of people today. But how many of these people realize that the idea of romance was invented in the Middle Ages, by a mother-and-daughter team intent on giving women a more prominent role in literature and culture?

March 24: Prof. Jon Arnold, History Dept., University of Tulsa
         “Barbarians, and Romans, and Jews—Oh My! Imagining Gaul in the Early Middle Ages”
         The collapse of the ancient Roman empire left its former territories in confusion—not only about their own identities, but about their neighbors’. This talk will trace what these “views from the edge” reveal about both late antique Gaul and the various societies pondering its land and people.

April 21: Prof. Jennifer Saltzstein and Dr. Nathan Dougherty, Musicology
Dept., OU
         “Singing the Crusades in the Medieval West”
         During the medieval crusades, European knights fanned out across the Mediterranean to conquer (and reclaim) holy lands. In this talk, Jennifer Saltzstein will explore the historical context of songs written by these crusading knights, while Nathan Dougherty will discuss and perform several examples.


Co-sponsored by the Center for Medieval & Renaissance Studies, University of Oklahoma.

This program is made possible in part by the Norman Arts Council Grant Program.

Contact: (405) 325-8610;


About the CMRS

Joyce Coleman, Director

The Center for Medieval & Renaissance Studies, a division of the College of Arts & Sciences at the University of Oklahoma, promotes the study of the period in Western history that saw the development of such major components of modern life as parliamentary democracy, the nation-state, English and other modern languages, printing, Islam, global exploration, heliocentric astronomy, romantic love--and the universities in which we research and teach all these subjects.Some thirty-five faculty at OU contribute to the study of these and many other facets of the Middle Ages and Renaissance.

Our newly revived Medieval & Renaissance Studies minor allows students to pursue an interdisciplinary study of literature, language, history, history of science, art, architecture, and religion, supported by visits to OU's Special Collections.

By supporting our faculty and students, sponsoring brown-bag talks, and cosponsoring a free public lecture series with the Medieval Fair of Norman, OU’s Center for Medieval & Renaissance Studies seeks to enrich the intellectual environment for medievalists and early modernists on campus and across the region. Other opportunities are in the works. Come join us!

OU's CMRS was founded by Keith Busby, then of the university's Modern Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics Department. Prof. Busby was succeeded by Luis Cortest, of the same department. Since 2013 the director has been Joyce Coleman (, Bambas Professor of Medieval English Literature & Culture, English Department.

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