The 5th annual conference on Towers in Medieval and Renaissance Europe has ‘Antiquity and Lineage: the Tower as Status Symbol’ as its main theme. Towers were physical representations of personal and ancestral links between families and the land. They advertised the antiquity of a lineage and the length of a family’s association with the district. The ‘old tower’, as the dominant component of the ‘ancient paternal seat’, was often preserved when families extended or modernised their homes as a way of proving their lordly credentials through possession of a visible symbol of ancient status.
Saturday 2 August
10.20-11.00 Pamela Marshall: Fans of Antiquity: Chinese Whispers and the Romanesque donjon.
11.00-11.40 Audrey M. Thorstad: A Norman Great Tower in Late Fifteenth-Century England: A Symbol of Ancient Lineage and Regional Power for the De Vere Family.
11.40-12.20 Taco Hermans: Towering Ambitions in the Netherlands.
12.20-13.50 LUNCH (own arrangements)
13.50-14.30 Richard Oram: Douglas and Percy: Making your mark on the March.
14.30-17.00 Guided visit to the Keep and Black Gate, Newcastle.
17.00- Drinks reception (tbc)
Sunday 3 August
10.00-10.40 Przemyslaw Nocun: Show or Hide – Mediaeval Towers in the Renaissance and Baroque Houses and Palaces in Poland.
10.40-11.20 Tom Addyman: The House of Kinneil and the Hamiltons.
11.20-12.00 Izzy Hampton: Old Symbols on New Towers: John Neville and Raby Castle
12.00-12.30 Launch of A House that Thieves Might Knock At (Proceedings of Towers Conferences 1 and 2)
12.30-14.00 Lunch (own arrangements)
14.00-14.40 Penelope Dransart: The hearth in the tower: lineage, status and ‘lineal masculinity’ at Balquhain Castle, Aberdeenshire.
14.40-15.20 Erik Matthews: “Towers Built with the Hands of Ancient Times”:- Elite Architecture and Lineage in the Late Medieval Vale of York.
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