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CMRS Conference: 'England and the Continent in the Tenth Century. An International Conference in Memoriam of Professor Dr Wilhelm Levison'

14th December 2007, 13:00 to 17th December 2007, 13:00, St. John's College, Durham University

This conference is dedicated to the memory of Wilhelm Levison sixty years after his death in 1947. Rather than crossing the eighth-century landscape which he made his own, it pursues the spirit of his work on ‘England and the Continent' in the context of the tenth century.

In the spring of 1943, in the later stages of the Second World War, Prof. Dr Wilhelm Levison, then an honorary fellow of Durham University, delivered the Ford Lectures in Oxford under the title, ‘England and the Continent in the Eighth Century'. His principal subject was the conversion to Christianity twelve hundred years ago of the Frisians and the Saxons at the hands of English churchmen. The published version of those lectures has had an abiding influence on the development of early medieval historical research, not least the appendices with their great technical command of source criticism.

This conference is dedicated to the memory of Wilhelm Levison sixty years after his death in 1947. Rather than crossing the eighth-century landscape which he made his own, it pursues the spirit of his work on ‘England and the Continent' in the context of the tenth century. Bringing together an impressive array of internationally distinguished scholars and also younger scholars of great promise, it focuses on:

England and the Continent

The Vision of the Past

Revolution in Church Organisation

Kingship and Ritual

Law and Power

Manuscripts and Culture

The conference has been planned as a coherent, multi-authored exploration of these themes, and it has been designed to encourage vigorous discussion amongst all those attending. Anyone interested is warmly welcome to attend.

Contact david.rollason@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.

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