Department of European Languages and Cultures

Charlemagne: a European Icon

“Charlemagne: a European Icon” is a network project examining the ways in which the different linguistic cultures of medieval Europe appropriated Charlemagne material from chronicle and epic. It is an international project funded by the Leverhulme Trust and bringing together scholars from across the UK, Continental Europe and the USA.

The project will produce seven volumes, which will be published in Bristol Studies in Medieval Cultures, an imprint of Boydell & Brewer. The first two volumes, dealing with the Hispanic world and Latin texts have just been published and will be the subject of a book launch at the end of the symposium.

In addition to the monographs the Project holds a series of workshops and symposia. This is the second to be held in Edinburgh and supported by the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities and the School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures. The symposium on 14th October will run from 9.00 am to 12.00 noon and from 2.00 pm to 5.00 pm in the Project Room, 50 George Square. Speakers include:

  • Professor Matthew Bailey, Washington and Lee University, Virginia, USA
  • Professor Helen Fulton, University of Bristol
  • Professor emeritus Philip Bennett, University of Edinburgh

For more details of the project and its various activities visit the project website


Time Title Speaker
9.15-9.30am Welcome  
9.30-10.45am Session 1: France and Burgundy  
Charlemagne the Warrior in La Chanson des Saisnes and Aiquin Philip Bennett
Charlemagne’s tears in David Aubert Catherine Emerson
11-11.05am Tea and coffee  
11.05-12noon Session 2: Italian and English  
New documents on the circulation of the Falconetto 1493: hypothesis and new Scenarios Annalisa Perrotta and Giovanni Giuseppe Mascherpa
'Feeling Others' Fears? Reflections on Late-Medieval Insular Charlemagne Narratives in 2016' Phillipa Hardman
12-2pm Team discussion of progress of volumes and website (Venue: IASH Seminar room)
2-3pm Session 3: Celtic and Norse  
Hákon’s cultural programme: Af Rúnzivals bardaga as the exception to the rule? Daniel Zimmerman
Charlemagne in Wales: Imperialism in Medieval Welsh Poetry Helen Fulton
3-3.30pm Tea and coffee  
3.30-5pm Session 4: Iberian perspectives  
  ‘Karl and the Other : Perspectives on Iberia in the German Rolandslied’ Doriane Zerka
  Charlemagne’s Iberian ‘crusade’ William Purkis
  Insights for the study of Spanish literature from Charlemagne in Spain Matthew Bailey
5-6pm Book Launch: Charlemagne and his Legend in Early Spanish Literature and Historiography, ed. Matthew Bailey and Ryan D. Giles  


Stained glass window of Charlemagne in Gare de Metz-Ville

Charlemagne: a European Icon

The second Edinburgh symposium by the "Charlemagne: a European Icon" network project will take place on the 14th of October.

Project room (1.06)
50 George Square