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In brief...

1. TCMRS Conference 15-17 September 2022: 'Emmanuel-Philibert de Pingon (1525-1582) et son temps', Trinity College Dublin. Please see Call for Papers below.

2. TCMRS Research Seminar: Trinity Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies Research Seminar (dates and titles to be confirmed)

3. Chaucer Seminar. Please see below.

4. TCMRS Publications: January-June 2022: invitation for first annual round of submissions to the Centre's refereed book series: ‘COURT CULTURES OF THE MIDDLE AGES AND RENAISSANCE’ ( Please consult our designated page, 'Publications', for further details.

For our recent publication, Vera Amicitia, ed. Petrizia Piredda and Mathias Roick, please see below.

5. Book launch (date to be confirmed):

Sarah Alyn Stacey and Joanna Poetz (eds) New Perspectives on Heretical Discourse and Identities The Waldensians in Historical Context Oxford, 2021. X, 360 pp.,. Medieval and Early Modern French Studies. Vol. 19 pb. ISBN 978-1-78997-714-1

Click here to learn more (pdf document).

6. Events elsewhere. Please see below.

7. Recommendations: Dr David Starkey's YouTube channel #Davidstarkey #Davidstarkeytalks #History


Further details...

1. TCMRS Conference 15-17 September 2022: 'Emmanuel-Philibert de Pingon (1525-1582) et son temps', Trinity College Dublin.



Emmanuel-Philibert de Pingon (1525 – 1582)
 et son temps

15-17 SEPTEMBER 2022

Illustration by Pingon taken from his Serenissimorum Sabaudiae Principum, Ducumque Statuae, rerumque gestarum imagines, cum inscriptionibus, et epigrammatibus (1572);  gravure d’Emmanuel-Philibert de Pingon, figurant dans son Serenissimorum Sabaudiae Principum, Ducumque Statuae, rerumque gestarum imagines, cum inscriptionibus, et epigrammatibus (1572); Archivio di Stato di Torino (Sez. Corte, Storia della Real Casa, inv. 101, Cat. II, Storie Generali, fasc. 2).

Emmanuel-Philibert de Pingon (1525-1582) was a court poet, diplomat, and historiographer at the Court of Savoy under Duke Emmanuel Philibert. He was a key observer of the major political developments of the XVIth century, both within the Duchy of Savoy and at a broader European level, as reflected primarily in his autobiographical Hic vita mea (1566) and his Latin and French poetry. He was also actively engaged in these developments through his diplomatic roles (notably on behalf of Jacques de Nemours and Duke Emmanuel Philibert of Savoy), his engagement with the Court of Savoy and the Court of France at a time of considerable political tension, and his wide circle of influential friends and acquaintances who included Michel de L’Hospital, Nostradamus, Jean de Boyssonné, Louis Milliet and the poet Marc-Claude de Buttet. His close relationship with the Duchess of Savoy, Marguerite de France, to whom he dedicated much of his poetry, is particularly significant. 

The Trinity Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies at Trinity College Dublin is organizing a three-day conference around the figure of Emmanuel-Philibert de Pingon with a view to shedding further light on his life and the socio-political and cultural European context in which he operated. A major aim of the conference is to highlight the wealth of archival material in Chambéry, Annecy, Turin, and Geneva relating to Savoy in this period. The organizers would welcome papers (of 30 minutes duration in English, French or Italian) on such areas as the following: 

  • Emmanuel-Philibert de Pingon (aspects of his life, his circle of friends and acquaintances, his career, works and influence);
  • The Court of Savoy in the XVIth century (relations with other powers, military history, political and/or religious tensions, treatises, alliances, diplomacy, court culture, artistic and literary developments, archival sources).

The conference will take place both online and within Trinity College Dublin between 15 and 17 September 2022. It is anticipated that the proceedings will be published.

Abstract: please send an abstract of 250 words, accompanied by a short c.v., to the organizers, Alexandra Corey and Dr Sarah Alyn Stacey, FTCD, at and by 14 February 2022.


Un des personnages les plus illustres à la cour de Savoie au XVIe siècle, Emmanuel-Philibert de Pingon (1525-1582) comptait parmi ses rôles ceux de poète, conseiller d’état, référendaire, diplomate et historiographe. Il observait de près les divers développements politiques et culturels  de son siècle à l’intérieur du duché de Savoie et à une échelle européenne, comme l’attestent, par exemple,  son autobiographie, Hic vita mea (1566), sa poésie latine et française, et ses diverses œuvres historiques. Citons aussi les nombreux documents manuscrits de sa main qui restent, pourtant, inédits, et qui nous éclairent sur Pingon et son époque. Grâce à ses divers postes, Pingon était aussi acteur important dans la vie politique et culturelle du duché de Savoie. Rappelons à cet égard qu’il fréquentait certains des personnages les plus illustres de la cour française et de la cour savoyarde: il était un proche de Marguerite de France, Jacques de Nemours, Michel de l’Hôpital, Nostradame, Jean de Boyssonné, Louis Milliet, et Marc-Claude de Buttet.
Le Trinity Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies à Trinity College, l’Université de Dublin, organise un colloque autour de Pingon dans de but d’approfondir notre appréciation et de sa contribution à la vie culturelle et politique du duché de Savoie et du contexte socio-politique et culturel dans lequel il opérait. Nous cherchons aussi à attirer l’attention sur la richesse des archives à Chambéry, Annecy, Turin et Genève concernant le duché au XVIe siècle. Les organisatrices invitent des communications (d’une durée de 30 minutes en anglais, français ou italien) sur, par exemple:

  • la vie d’Emmanuel-Philibert de Pingon (ses amis, sa carrière, son impact, ses œuvres);
  • la cour de Savoie au XVIe siècle (les relations diplomatiques, histoire militaire, tensions religieuses et/ou politiques, traités, alliances, diplomatie, culture à la cour, développements artistiques et littéraires, sources d’archives).

Le colloque aura lieu à Trinity College Dublin et aussi en ligne du 15 au 17 septembre 2022. La publication des actes est anticipée.

Proposition: veuillez adresser une proposition de 250 mots, accompagnée d’un c.v. sommaire, aux organisatrices, Dr Sarah Alyn Stacey, FTCD et Alexandra Corey aux adresses suivantes:;, avant le 14 février 2022.




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The Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, in conjunction with The Chaucer Hub, is delighted to announce its tenth series of The Chaucer Seminar. This Seminar will be led, as previously, by Dr Gerald Morgan, Director of the Centre's Research Network Chaucer in Context and Director of the Chaucer Hub. Although it is aimed primarily at post-graduates, undergraduates* and members of the public with a good knowledge of Chaucer are most welcome to attend. The Seminar will focus on close textual analysis, sources and recent criticism. The Seminar will run on a weekly basis in Michaelmas Term and Hilary Term.

To attend, please contact Dr Sarah Alyn Stacey, French Department/Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies;; tel. 896 2686


The Trinity Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies is delighted to announce the publication of the tenth book in its series,Vera Amicitia, ed. by Patrizia Piredda and Mathias Roick. Bringing together the work of a cluster of eminent scholars in the field, this volume examines the meaning of the notion of friendship from both a philosophical and a philological perspective. It addresses the influence of such classical authors as Plato, Aristotle, Seneca, Cicero and Plutarch on Renaissance authors such as Erasmus, Thomas More, Montaigne, and Johannes Caselius. For further details see: and also our designated 'Publications' page.


1. Story, Fairy Tale and the Chansons de geste (University of Cambridge)

Cambridge Medieval Literature & Culture Seminar ("CamMedSem") -- 13th Jan, 5pm (GMT) -- Victoria Turner

The next session of the Cambridge Medieval Literature & Culture Seminar ("CamMedSem") 2021-2022 will take place on Thursday 13th January at 5pm (GMT). This is a hybrid event.

Victoria Turner (University of St Andrews) will give a paper entitled: 'Story, Fairy Tale, and the chansons de geste'.

Registration for this event is open!

If you would like to join us online, please register at by Weds 12th January. This session is free and open to all. Zoom details will be sent securely to registered participants 24 hours in advance of the scheduled session. 

Please note: Due to the ongoing pandemic, in-person spots are limited in number, and have been reserved for members of the University of Cambridge in the subject area of medieval French. If you would like to be added to this list, please contact us ( Alternatively, on our sign-up sheet for each event, you can choose to be added to our waiting list for the physical location, and you will be emailed separately to confirm an allocated spot if this becomes available.

About the seminar: CamMedSem is an open space for scholars from the University of Cambridge, elsewhere in the UK, and beyond to present their current research, followed by discussion. The seminar is organised by doctoral students and early career researchers. CamMedSem works primarily in French, Francophone, and Occitan studies, and often engages with scholarship in the fields of Italian and English. We welcome speakers with various interdisciplinary, comparative, and theoretical interests. This year, we will continue with our online events, and some sessions will offer hybrid options. Full details are on our Events pages at Please refer to our Events policies when registering.

Please do not hesitate to contact us ( if we can be of any assistance.

2. Conference 14-15 January 2022:  « La corrélation en diachronie longue (1450-1800) »  (Grenoble University-on site and remotely). ALL WELCOME






Last updated 18 January 2022 by Sarah Alyn Stacey (Email).