‘Renaissance Royal Weddings & Cultural Production’ Conference


The conference ‘Renaissance Royal Weddings & Cultural Production’ seeks to reconsider cultural output for/about royal weddings which took place between c.1400 and c. 1600, as an important source for contemporary thought about monarchy and ruling families/dynasties. It will study the royal wedding as a nexus of ideas, texts, objects and performances about the Crown and will ask how the Renaissance itself affected the culture of royal weddings, with its classicising, Italianate focus.

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Conference Programme


Thursday 26th April

Seminar Room, The Oxford Research Centre for the Humanities (TORCH), Radcliffe Observatory Quarter, Woodstock Road, Oxford OX2 6GG

09.30 Opening Comments, Dr Natalia Nowakowska

Panel 1 Literature - Crossings

09.35 – 09.55 Ágnes Máté (MTA, Budapest) ‘The Royal Weddings of Beatrice of Aragon (1474) & Isabella Jagiellon (1539) compared’

09.55 – 10.15 Tomislav Matic (Catholic University of Croatia) ‘The Roles of Croats & Dalmatians in the Wedding of Vladislaus II and Anne de Foix (1502)’

10.15 – 10.35 Patrik Pastrnak (Olomouc) ‘Bona Sforza’s Bridal Journey to Poland as the Imaginary Travelling’ 

10.35 – 10.50 Discussion

10.50 – 11.20 Coffee

Panel 2 Literature - Epithalamia

11.20 – 11.40 Marion Rutz (Passau) ‘Demonstrations of loyalty? Four epithalamia on the wedding of Zygmunt I and Barbara Zapolya in 1512’

11.40 – 12.00 Ursula Zachara-Związek (Warsaw) ‘Images of the Jagiellonians & Habsburgs in the occasional literature on Sigismund Augustus’ weddings with Habsburg princesses.’

12.00 – 12.20 Jakub Niedźwiedź (Krakow) ‘The Jagiellonian Epithalamia & New Geographical Knowledge’ 

12.20 – 12.45 Discussion

13.00 – 14.00 Lunch

Panel 3 Objects

14.00 – 14.20 Louise Berglund (Uppsala) ‘The Trousseau of Philippa of England, wife of Eric of Pomerania, 1406’

14.20 – 14.40 Susanna Niiranen (Jyvaskyla) ‘Catherine Jagiellon’s (d.1583) trousseau: the fork as a symbol of Renaissance civilisation in Scandinavia’

14.40 – 15.00 Sylva Dobalova (Prague) ‘Secret and official weddings in the visual memory of Archduke Ferdinand II of Austria (d.1595): Prague & Innsbruck’

15.00 – 15.15 Discussion

15.15 – 15.45 Coffee/Tea

Panel 4 Performance - Ceremony

15.45 – 16.05 Katarzyna Kosior (Durham) ‘First meetings of early modern royal spouses in France & Poland’

16.05 – 16.25 N. Zeynep Yelçe (Istanbul) ‘A political statement: the wedding festival of Ibrahim Pasha in 1524’

16.25 – 16.45 Discussion

19.00 Conference Dinner

Friday 27th April

St Anne’s College, Woodstock Road, Oxford OX2 6HS

Panel 5 Performance - Music, Festival, Tournament

09.15 – 09.35 Felicia M. Else (Gettysburg College) ‘Water-related imagery in Medici Weddings: Dialogues of Art, Cultural Production & Festivals’

09.35 – 09.55 Alex Robinson (ParisSorbonne) ‘Hebe & Hercules conjoined: music and politics in the French celebrations marking the marriage of Maria de’ Medici and Henri IV (1600)’

09.55 – 10.15 Fabian Persson (Linneaus University) ‘Running rings around dynastic hierarchy: tournaments at early modern Swedish royal weddings’

10.15 – 10.30 Discussion

10.30 – 11.00 Coffee

Panel 6 Non-weddings - Dispute, Disaster, Absence

11.00 – 11.20 Giedrė Mickūnaitė (Vilnius) ‘Cultural denial in practice: Helena of Muscovy & Alexander Jagiellon (1495)’

11.20 – 11.40 Marian Coman (Bucharest) ‘A Royal Wedding and a Wife for Heracles Moldavia, 1560s’

11.40 – 12.00 Pavel Kalina (Prague) ‘An eloquent silence: Bohemian Estates and the Wedding of Ladislaus Jagiellon with Anne de Foix in 1502’ 

12.00 – 12.30 Discussion and closing comments

13.00 Lunch and conference closes



A Renaissance Royal Wedding

2018 marks the 500th anniversary of the wedding of the Milanese-Neapolitan princess Bona Sforza and King Sigismund I of Poland.  It was one of the most celebrated and internationally significant weddings seen in Renaissance Central Europe. The ERC-funded Jagiellonians project, directed by Dr Natalia Nowakowska, is supporting a programme of events to explore new thinking around this key union, its influence and its remembrance.