Art, Architecture and Reputation Management in Medieval England

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Art, Architecture and Reputation Management in Medieval England

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East window of the St Lucy Chapel, St Frideswide's Priory (now Christ Church Cathedral), Oxford, c. 1325-1330.


  • Dr Laura Slater - University of Cambridge

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  • Dr Jessica Barker - The Courtauld Institute of Art
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One’s good name or fama was of great importance in medieval society. Medievalists have long recognised that spin, smear and other ‘public relations’ strategies were practised as keenly and carefully in pre-modern politics as they are today. This paper explores the role of art and architecture in these processes of reputation management, considering the efforts of Isabella of France, her allies and her opponents to steer interpretations of her potentially adulterous, treasonous and regicidal actions in England after 1326.


Laura Slater is a Lecturer in the History of Medieval Art at the University of Cambridge and a Fellow of Peterhouse.  She has held postdoctoral positions at Trinity College Dublin, York, UCL, the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art in London and the  University of Oxford.  Her book, Art and Political Thought in Medieval England, c. 1150-1350 was published in 2018. Her research interests centre on the relationships between art, ideas, power and politics in medieval Britain and Europe. She is also interested in medieval responses to antiquity and the Holy Land, particularly in the context of the crusades.

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