English Research Seminar Series
- Dr Emily Wingfield of the University of Birmingham presents 'Literary Culture at the Court of David II of Scotland and his wife, Queen Joan'.
- School of English
- Open to
- All staff and students, Public
- Wednesday, 12 April 2017
- 5:15 PM to 7:00 PM
- Lawson Lecture Room, Kennedy Hall
- Laura Mackintosh
- More info
As with his politics, assessments of court culture under David II have been at best mute, and the extent of his cultural patronage has been eclipsed in comparison with his successor, Robert II. However, an examination of the books owned by and associated with David and his wife, Queen Joan, suggests that views of pre-Stewart literary culture are in need of reassessment. In this paper Dr Emily Wingfield considers the many deluxe manuscripts associated with David and Joan and examines the role played by the Scottish king in the early 15th century French Roman de trois fils de rois (Romance of the Three Kings' Sons). Dr Wingfield analyses Froissart's portrait of David's court in his Chroniques and his wider presentation of contemporary Scotland in his romance, Meliadice, and in Debat dou Cheval et dou Lerrier (Debate of the Horse and the Greyhound), and discusses the books owned by and associated with Joan, many of which she inherited from her mother, Isabella.