Pomp and piety

Three Royal medieval patrons

29 September 2021, 10:15 am

Digby Hall, Sherborne

Kings, queens and princes were influential patrons during the Middle Ages, paying for, and sometimes directing the production of, a wide variety of sumptuous commissions that included buildings and books, jewellery, reliqueries and tombs. A trio of Royal French medieval Patrons, whose lives span the 12th to the 15th centuries, provides an opportunity to explore the issues associated with medieval patronage, and the relationships forged between patrons and their craftsmen. 

Lecturer: Sally Dormer

Lecturer and tutor for the Early Medieval Year Course at V&A. Dean of ‘European Studies’ for 2 US Universities. Freelance lecturer for The Art Fund. Study tours, cruises and tour groups. BA (History) University of Durham; PhD (Medieval Manuscript illumination) and MA (Medieval History of Art) Courtauld Institute

Programme for the day

Timings are approximate

10:15 Arrival and Greeting

Please be seated by 10:25

10:30 Lecture 1

Queen Eleanor of Aquitaine

Queen Eleanor of Aquitaine (d1204) wife of Louis VII of France and then Henry II of England, inherited and commissioned, ground-breaking works of ar

11:30 Coffee break

11:50 Lecture 2

Dowager Queen Jeanne d`Evreux

Dowager Queen Jeanne d`Evreux (d. 1371), flourished as a rare example of an autonomous female patron after the death of her husband King Charles IV

13:00 Luncheon

14:00 Lecture 3

Jean Duc de Berry

Jean Duc de Berry (d. 1415), a younger brother of King Charles V, one of the most prolific medieval collectors and connoisseurs. Three inventories of his possessions, together with surviving objects, reveal his discerning taste


15:00 Questions and Answers

15:15 approx Closure and departure