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Medieval Hispanic Research Seminar (MHRS)

The Research Seminar usually meets on Fridays at 3pm in the Arts One Building, Mile End Campus (see below for rooms). Papers last 45 minutes and are preceded by tea in The Gallery and followed by discussion.

An event in collaboration with the Centre for Catalan Studies and the Institut Ramon Llull

Friday 28 October 2016, 14.15 
Anthony J. Lappin, National University of Ireland Maynooth
'From Master of the Military Order to the Warrior King: the development and reception of Ramón Llull's proposals for the reform and restructuring of the military orders'

Respondant: Joan Santanach i Suñol, Universitat de Barcelona

Ramon Llull is often celebrated for his eirenic approach to the conversion of Muslims through the application of his own, highly idiosyncratic, formulation of philosophy. This paper will look at the other aspect to Llull's wish to confront Islam – and a necessary and ubiquitous preoccupation throughout the Middle Ages – the force of arms, Crusade, and the dream of re-taking Jerusalem. To this end, I will consider his proposals, submitted in various guises for papal consideration, of a root-and-branch reform of the military orders, the creation of a new command structure, and their deployment as a massive military force under the banner of a new Crusade. Llull's ideas received an echo after his day, and I will trace their impact on the fate of military orders in the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries, ending with a consideration of Alfonso de Espina's use of Llull's ideas in his Fortalitium fidei as part of the growing fervour of apocalyptic monarchism. 

Anthony John Lappin is research professor at Maynooth University, Ireland, and was recently an EURIAS fellow at Uppsala Institute of Advanced Research. He has maintained current interests in early vernacular and medieval Latin, and on the interest medieval Christians took in Islam during the Middle Ages. He has recently edited the Alchoran latinus of 1143, the earliest complete translation of the Qur'an that survives; and is currently working (with Rosa Vidal Doval) on an edition and translation of the Fortalitium fidei by Alfonso de Espina. 

Joan Santanach (1973) is lecturer at University of Barcelona. His research has explored cultural and literary context in Medieval Catalonia, with a special attention on Ramon Llull and his works. He has published different studies on this subject, and the critical edition of two Ramon Llull’s titles: the Doctrina pueril (NEORL, 2005; german translation, 2009; english translation in process, by Dr. John Dagenais) and the Romanç d’Evast e Blaquerna, with Dr. Albert Soler (NEORL, 2009; english translation in process, by Dr. Robert D. Hughes). He has published, at Tamesis Books, the book Ramon Llull as a Vernacular Writer, written in cooperation with Dr. Lola Badia and Dr. Albert Soler. He is also interested in Medieval Cooking. He has published critical editions of several Catalan cookbooks written in the Middle Ages, such as the Llibre de Sent Soví (The Book of Sent Soví; english translation: Tamesis Books - Barcino, 2008), the Llibre de totes maneres de confits (The Book of all Kinds of Candied Fruits; Barcino, 2003) and the Llibre d’aparellar de menjar (The Book of Food Preparation; Millennium, 2014).

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