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Conference “Cathedrals Tombs Excavations. Winchester and Magdeburg: Two 10th Century Cultural Landscapes in Comparison”

June 13-14, 2014 at the Kulturhistorisches Museum Magdeburg

After the discovery of the coffin in which the mortal remains of Queen Eadgyth had been translated as well as the scientific and technical tests of the find by the Landesamt für Denkmalpflege and Archäologie Sachsen-Anhalt, the ZMA now intends together with the Kulturhistorisches Museum Magdeburg to draw attention to the queen’s cultural significance for Saxony-Anhalt at an international conference. Invitations have been extended to eminent historians, archaeologists and art historians from Germany and England, who will discuss Eadgyth as a cultural institution, the English marriage and Ottonian queens’ options for action.


Friday, 13/06/2014

13.00 h: Welcome address and Opening of the Conference

13.30 h: Prof. Dr. Barbara Yorke (Winchester):
Edith and the Royal House of Wessex

14.15 h: Rainer Kuhn (Magdeburg):
Editha as a Culture-bearer and the Development of Magdeburg in the 10th and early 11th Century

Moderation: Prof. Dr. Stephan Freund

Coffee break

15.30 h: Prof. Dr. Matthias Springer (Magdeburg):
English Marriages or: How Otto came by his Wife Editha?

16.15 h: Prof. Dr. Stephan Freund (Magdeburg):
Role and Scope of Action of the Ottonian Queens

17.00 h: Prof. Dr. Caspar Ehlers (Frankfurt am Main):
Observations on 10th Century Anglo-Saxon and East Frankish Church Organization in Comparison

Moderation: Dr. Claus-Peter Hasse


19.00 Uhr: Prof. Dr. Martin Biddle (Oxford):
Public Evening Lecture:
These Houses of Kings: Alfred, Cnut and Others in the Minsters of Winchester from the seventh to the twelfth Centuries

Saturday, 14/06/2014

9.00 h: Guided Tour of the Magdeburg Cathedral with Rainer Kuhn (Magdeburg)

Coffee break

11.00 h: PD Dr. Sebastian Ristow (Köln):
8th-10th Century Tombs and Memoria North of the Alps

11.45 h: Prof. Dr. Hedwig Röckelein (Göttingen):
Transfer of Cults: Veneration of Saints and Relics in the 10th Century

Moderation: Prof. Dr. Caspar Ehlers

12.30 h: Final Discussion

Lecture Series Part II: Magdeburg Law

Magdeburg Law, the Sachsenspiegel and related developments in the fields of legal, economic, social and cultural history are also the focus of the second part of a lecture series hosted by the Department of History of Otto von Guericke University Magdeburg together with the Kulturhistorisches Museum Magdeburg and the Zentrum für Mittelalterausstellungen.

Lectures are held in the Emperor Otto Hall of the Kulturhistorisches Museum Magdeburg on Thursdays at 7 p.m. Admission is free.