Gifts & Perquisites
15th April 2013
This conference, organised by the Society for Court Studies, will address the customs of gift giving and perquisites during the medieval and early modern periods. Gifts and perquisites played a central role in networks of patronage and political negotiations and affirmed social bonds. They were also one of the most common means whereby royal furnishings were disseminated into courtier collections.
This conference will be held at Knole, the Kent home of the Sackville family which is cared for and managed by the National Trust. The collections at Knole include an unrivalled set of royal furnishings that were acquired as perquisites during the seventeenth century by Lionel Cranfield, 1st Earl of Middlesex and Charles Sackville, 6th Earl of Dorset. The conference will include a tour of the house and its collections.
Keynote lecture: Dr Felicity Heal, ‘Court gifts and their contexts: Elizabeth to Charles I’
Tea and Coffee
Dr Olivia Fryman, ‘Rich pickings: The royal bed as a perquisite 1660-1760’
Catherine Daunt, ‘Galleries of fame: assembling portrait collections through gifts and requests in Tudor and Jacobean England’
Lunch and tours of the house
Dr Alden Gregory, ‘In the Bishop's Gift: Knole and the Establishment of Political Affinities in 15th-Century Kent’
Prof. Chris Woolgar, ‘Gifts, perquisites and the late medieval great household’
Tea and Coffee
Prof. Maria Hayward, ‘Continuity and change: New Year’s gifts at the court of James I’
Dr Tracey Sowerby, ‘Negotiating with gifts: the meaning and significance of gifts in Tudor diplomacy’
For further information please contact Janet Dickinson: firstname.lastname@example.org