17 Mar 2016 - 19 Mar 2016 All day CRASSH (SG1&2) and Corpus Christi College


The conference is now fully booked however the plenary sessions are open to all and attendance is encouraged.


Anthony Grafton (Princeton University)
Scott Mandelbrote (University of Cambridge)
William Sherman (V&A/University of York)


The figure of Matthew Parker (1504-75), which should be prominent in the history of the early years of Elizabeth I, represents a remarkable gap in our understanding of the sixteenth century. His political and ecclesiastical career has been neglected by the historians of the past fifty years; his institutional and intellectual patronage have been studied without reference generally to the broader world in which he moved; his remarkable salvage of the manuscript remains of Anglo-Saxon England is known to specialists but not to those working in cognate fields; his efforts to recreate the history of the English Church have been studied without systematic reference to the continental and English models that he imitated. This conference aims to bring those with an interest in Parker together for the first time, to encourage work bridging existing fields of Parkerian study and setting aspects of his career into their full context, and, as a result, to present for the first time a new and coherent picture of a major figure in mid-sixteenth-century English (and Continental) intellectual and religious life, bringing into particular focus Parker's role in collaborative scholarship and the retrieval of the past.

The conference is co-hosted by Corpus Christi College (of which Parker became Master in 1544), which will allow study sessions to take place in the Parker Library and to be accompanied by a rolling exhibition of books and manuscripts from Parker's collections (changing as appropriate for each paper). Confirmed speakers include Alexandra Walsham, David Crankshaw, Alexandra Gillespie, Jeffrey Todd Knight, Paul Nelles, Elizabeth Evenden, Lori Anne Ferrell, Brian Cummings, James Carley, and Arnold Hunt.





Supported by the Centre for Research in the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences (CRASSH).

We are unable to arrange or book accommodation, however, the following websites may be of help.

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Administrative assistance: events@crassh.cam.ac.uk


Day 1 - 17th March 2016 - The Parker Library, Corpus Christi College
10.00 - 10.15

Welcome and Introduction:

  • Christopher de Hamel (University of Cambridge)
10.15 - 11.00

David Crankshaw (King’s College London): “A Man of Stomach”: Matthew Parker's Reputation

Chair: Scott Mandelbrote (University of Cambridge)

11.00 - 11.30

Tea and Coffee

11.30 - 13.00

Parker's Sense of History I:

  • Thomas Roebuck (University of East Anglia): Medieval Scholarship in the Reformation: Matthew Parker reads William of Malmesbury
  • Elizabeth Evenden (Brunel University London): Matthew Parker and Arthurian Romance in Early Modern Europe

Chair: Anthony Grafton (Princeton University)

13.00 - 14.15

Lunch break (please note lunch will not be provided)

14.15 - 16.00

Parker and the Religious Book:

  • Scott Mandelbrote (University of Cambridge): Parker and the Bible
  • Brian Cummings (University of York): Parker, Bucer, and the Book of Common Prayer

Chair: William Sherman (V&A/University of York)


Tea and Coffee


Plenary (CRASSH):

  •  Alexandra Walsham (University of Cambridge): Matthew Parker, Sacred Geography and the British Past

Chair: William Sherman (V&A/University of York)

Day 2 - 18th March 2016 - The Parker Library, Corpus Christi College
9.30 - 11.00

Parker's Sense of History II:

  • Madeline McMahon (Princeton University): Parker and Ecclesiastical History
  • Anthony Grafton (Princeton Unviersity): Parker and Flacius

Stefan Bauer (University of York), Chair

11.00 - 11.30

Tea and Coffee

11.30 - 13.00

Parker as Collector and Reader:

  • Paul Nelles (Carleton University): Parker as Collector: The View from the Continent
  • Simon Horobin (University of Oxford): Batman and his Associates
  • Mirjam Foot: Matthew Parker and the Bookbinders of his Time

Chair: William Sherman (V&A/University of York)

13.00 - 14.00

Lunch break (please note lunch will not be provided)

14.00 - 16.00

Parker as Annotator: From Scribal to Digital Culture:

  • William Sherman (V&A/University of York): In the Margins of Parker
  • Alexandra Gillespie (University of Toronto): Digital Approaches to Parker
  • Jeffrey Todd Knight (University of Washington): Parker and the Working Copy

With a presentation of the digital project on Parker’s printed books by Andrew Dunning (BL) and Alexandra Gillespie.

Chair: Scott Mandelbrote (University of Cambridge)


Tea and Coffee

17.00 - 18.00

Plenary (CRASSH):

  • Debora Shuger (University of California, Los Angeles): Matthew Parker and the Church of England

Chair: Anthony Grafton (Princeton University)


Drinks reception (CRASSH)

Day 3 - 19th March - CRASSH (SG1/2)
9.30 - 10.30

Plenary (CRASSH):

  • James Carley (York University,Toronto/University of Kent): ‘to the inestymable glory of the lande’:  The archiepiscopal libraries of Matthew Parker, John Whitgift, and Richard Bancroft

Chair: Scott Mandelbrote (University of Cambridge)

10.30 - 11.00

Tea and Coffee

11.00 - 12.00

History's Sense of Parker:

  • Kathryn James (Yale University): Parker in the 18th and 19th Centuries
  • Lori Anne Ferrell (Claremont University): How the Parker Society Got its Name

Chair: Anthony Grafton (Princeton University)

12.00 - 13.00

Roundtable on Parkerian Legacies:

  • Elisabeth Leedham-Green (University of Cambridge)
  • Steven Archer (University of Cambridge)
  • Arnold Hunt (Girton College, Cambridge)

Chair: David McKitterick (University of Cambridge)


Lunch and closing round-table on the publication of our findings.

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