Lectures (list of presentations)

Lecture-style presentations with a question-and-answer session at the end.

  • Presentation slots are one half-hour, with fifteen minutes of presentation and ten minutes of question-and-answer.
  • Those presenters who are comfortable with a longer presentation are welcome to request two adjoining slots, for a forty-minute presentation and fifteen minutes of question-and-answer.
  • There are a finite number of slots, and we will start adding classes on a rolling timeline as we receive and review proposals.

Please send any and all proposals to Mistress Lissa Underhill at


Track 1 Track 2 (books/paper)
11:00-11:30 Queen Arégonde’s Clothing
-Dame Brunissende Dragonette
Bookmarks and Bindings: Research in Progress
-Baroness Christina Jenevra de Carvalhal
11:30-12:00 Three Anglo-Saxon Bead Strings
-Mistress Elysabeth Underhill
Continued From Above
12:00-1:30 Lunch on your own Lunch on your own
1:30-2:00 Evolution and Application of Humoral Theory in the Medieval Kitchen
-Galefridus Peregrinus, OP, OSC, OM
Interactive Manuscripts
-Lady Lianor de Matos
2:00-2:30 Swordsmanship as Theater in Elizabethan England
-Lorenzo Gorla
Oh The Places You Will Go: Perseverance in Research
-Lady Judith bas Rabbi Mendel, OM
2:30-3:00 Felbrigge Psalter: a 14th Century embroidered book cover
-Mistress Avelyn Blakenye
Continued From Above
3:00-4:30 POSTERS on the Moelis Reading Terrace MANUSCRIPTS in the Lea Library (open noon-4:30)

Posters (list of posters)

There is some space available for poster display. If there is interest, there will be a hall set up to display poster-size presentations of research topics (either hanging or free-standing tri-folds). There will be an hour during the day while the posters are attended by their authors; the room will be open throughout the day for interested folks to walk through and read at their leisure. There is no limit on the number of poster slots. Please send any and all poster proposals to Mistress Lissa Underhill at

Manuscript Interaction Room

This is the rare books library and, with advance warning, Penn’s manuscript relevant to the classes will be available to peruse. There is only room for us to pull about 8 books. So, early requests and ones that tie a manuscript to a class will get priority.

title/link call number date/location relevance
[De philosophia naturali] LJS 429 Mainz?, Germany, between 1485 and 1499 Illustrated introduction to natural philosophy, supposedly according to the principles of Isidore of Seville, but in fact representing later Aristotelian and Thomist thought and opposing the followers of Duns Scotus, including the 15th-century theologians Nicolas d’Orbelles (referred to in the manuscript as Dorbellus) and Etienne Brulefer (in the manuscript as Brulifer). Includes discussion of the proofs of existence of God; the use of the principle of deduction; the celestial spheres and compass points; and the elements, temperaments, and humors.
Recueil de diverses recettes médécinales (video) LJS 220 France, between 1475 and 1490 Collection of medical preparations for a wide variety of ailments, including headaches, eye problems, toothaches, animal bites, gout, and pleurisy, with more general introductory material on the four elements, the four humors, the signs of the zodiac,and the planets.
Genealogical chronicle of the kings of England to Edward IV (transcription) Ms. Roll 1066 London?, England, ca. 1461 An illuminated chronicle tracing the descent of Edward IV from Adam, through Brut and Arthur (generally following the 12th-century account of Geoffrey of Monmouth), and the historical kings of England. The text draws on other historical authors such as Roger of Wendover, Matthew of Paris, and Ranulf Higden. The latest event in the text is the marriage of Henry VI and Margaret of Anjou in 1445 and the appointment of Edward’s father, Richard, duke of York, as regent in France; the illustration of Edward IV as king must be from his accession in 1461 or later. On the verso (outer surface of roll) is the Compendium historiae in genealogia Christi attributed to Peter of Poitiers, illustrated with drawings, followed by a diagram of Roman emperors and Christian popes.
Feuer Buech Oversize Ms. Codex 109 [Germany], 1584 Treatise on munitions and explosive devices, with many illustrations of the various devices and their uses. (rocket cat)
De furtiuis literarum notis, vulgo, De ziferis libri quinque : altero libro superaucti, & quamplurimis in locis locupletati Folio 652M P832.4 Neapoli : Apud Ioannem Baptistam Subtilem, 1602 Cryptography and Ciphers
Illuminati sacre pagine p[ro]fessoris amplissimi magistri Raymundi Lull Ars magna, generalis et vltima SC L9697 480a 1517 Lugduni : [1517] Numerology, Philosophy, Theory of Knowledge, Logic