Workshop on the Letters of Boniface (d. 754) and Lul (d. 785)

Rethinking the “Christian Foundation of Europe”:
An International Workshop on the Letters of Boniface (d. 754) and Lul (d. 785)
Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies and Trinity College, University of Toronto
Toronto, September 22–24, 2011

Thursday, September 22, 2011
Laurence K. Shook Common Room, Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies
8:45–9:30 Coffee
9:30–10:00 Welcome and Opening Remarks
Richard Alway, Praeses, Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies
John Magee, Director, Centre for Medieval Studies, University of Toronto
Alain Stoclet, Organizer
10:00–10:45 Session 1: General Introduction 
Dáibhí Ó Cróinín: The Importance of the Collection.
10:45–11:00 Coffee break
11:00–12:30 Session 2: Introducing BLE
Mary Garrison: The Boniface Letters: Some Comparisons, chiefly with Alcuin, and their Implications.
Jonathan Herold: Collecting and Preserving Written Records in the Age of Boniface.
12:30–2:00 Lunch (Common Room, Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies)
2:00–3:00 Roundtable 1 (Moderator: T.B.A.)
Discussion will bear on the preceding papers by Ó Croínin, Garrison and Herold, as well as on broader issues pertaining to the prospective edition, such as the Introduction’s outline and contents or the inclusion in it of a summary of overarching findings, and the composition of editorial team and board of scientific advisors.
3:00–3:15 Coffee break
3:15–5:00 Session 3: Context
Achim Thomas Hack: From Archive to Codex.
James Palmer: Successor and Keeper? Lul and BLE.
Michael Elliot: BLE 50 and the Problem of Missing Names.
5:00–6:30 Reception (Common Room, Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies)

Friday, September 23, 2011
Ethics Centre Seminar Room, Trinity College
8:30–9:00 Coffee
9:00–9:45 Session 4: Context (continued)
Andy Orchard: Lul and Boniface as Heirs to an Anglo-Saxon Tradition.
9:45–10:45 Roundtable 2 (Moderator: John Eldevik)
Dicussion will bear on the papers by Hack, Palmer, Elliot and Orchard. If feasible, brief memos and/or bibliographies will be circulated beforehand on: Fulda, Mainz and Reims in the ninth century, which will hopefully nourish the debate on context.
10:45–11:00 Coffee break
11:00–12:30 Session 5: Manuscripts
Alain Stoclet: The Manuscript Tradition, with Special Reference to Monacensis.
Christopher Landon: Tracking Sonderüberlieferungen : Hazards (BLE 92, Lul to Abbot Gregory of Utrecht) and Rewards (BLE 10, the Vision of the Monk of Wenlock).
12:30–2:00 Lunch (Ethics Centre, Trinity College)
2:00–3:00 Roundtable 3 (Moderator: James Carley)
Discussion will bear on the preceding papers, by Stoclet and Landon, as well as on: the typology of manuscripts; the search for new manuscripts; what to do with excerpts of the Letters found in canon law compilations; variations in selection and order of the Letters; creation of a virtual library and digitized facsimiles.
3:00–3:15 Coffee break
3:15–5:00 Session 6: Transmission and Scholarship (Medieval and Modern)
Wilhelm Friesen: In the Beginning: Willibald, BLE and the Vita Bonifatii Prima.
Michael Glatthaar: The Two Versions of Concilium Germanicum.
Heinrich Wagner: A New World? Johannes Nauclerus’ Chronica and the first printed Letters.
5:00–6:30 Reception (Provost’s Lodge, Trinity College)

Saturday, September 24, 2011
Ethics Centre Seminar Room, Trinity College
8:30–8:45 Coffee
8:45–9:45 Roundtable 4 (Moderator: T.B.A.)
Discussion will bear on the preceding papers, by Friesen, Glatthaar and Wagner, as well as on practical issues relating to the catalogue of instances of—indirect or secondary—transmission; preparing preliminary lists of entries; distributing tasks.
9:45–11:15 Session 7: Edition
Rob Meens: Editing the Letters: some thoughts.
Michael Herren: The Style of the Letters of Boniface.
11:15–11:30 Coffee break
11:30–12:30 Roundtable 5 (Moderator: Stephanie Hayes-Healy)
Discussion will bear on the preceding papers, by Meens and Herren, as well as on the edition translation, and commentary on Letter 95, which has been chosen as a test-case.
12:30–2:00 Lunch (Ethics Centre, Trinity College)
2:00–4:00 PLENARY ROUNDTABLE (Moderator: Ann Dooley)
Discussion will bear on the broader challenges of the proposed new edition, translation, and commentary for which the Workshop has prepared the ground.
4:00–4:15 Concluding remarks
Andy Orchard and Alain Stoclet, Organizers

Please note that the Laurence K. Shook Common Room has two dozen seats in addition to those reserved for speakers and round-table moderators and the Ethics Centre Seminar Room half as many: within these limits, anyone interested in attending is welcome.

The organizers gratefully acknowledge major funding from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada in the form of an Aid to Research Workshops and Conferences grant, as well as additional contributions by the Centre for Medieval Studies, University of Toronto (T.B.C.), the Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies and Trinity College, University of Toronto.