This event is cancelled due to coronavirus travel restrictions.
Every year, the Rossell Hope Robbins Library honors a female medievalist who has made an outstanding contribution to the field of medieval studies through the Helen Ann Mins Robbins Lecture. This year, that honor belongs to Maureen C. Miller, professor of history at UC Berkeley.
In her talk, "An Abbot and his Book: Royal Service, Registers, and Religious Life in Thirteenth-century Southern Italy," Miller challenges our understanding of how the rapid increase in the use of documents during the central Middle Ages transformed the transmission and organization of knowledge.
Miller ses the archive of the Abbey of the Most Holy Trinity at Cava de' Tirreni to examine the role of ecclesiastical institutions in innovating new documentary forms and administrative systems, arguing that the first Cava register, covering years from 1208 to 1232, is a forward-looking artifact acknowledging new political realities, consolidating a significant change in the community's use of its resources, and creating a new model of abbatial leadership.
The talk will be followed by a reception.
Thursday, April 16 at 5:00pm to 7:00pm
Rush Rhees Library, Rossell Hope Robbins Library 416
755 Library Road, Rochester, NY 14626