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The Toller Lecture

The Toller Lecture is held every March and is open to all, free of charge. The Lecture is published in the Spring volume of the Bulletin of the John Rylands University Library of Manchester the following year. Transcripts of some of the Memorial Lectures are available at a cost of £3 including post and packing. The topics chosen for the lectures reflect the interdisciplinary research ethos of the centre:

2014

The 2014 Toller Lecture will take place on Monday 3 March in the Historic Reading Room, John Rylands Libray Deansgate at 6pm, followed bya FREE wine reception. The speaker will be Professor John Hines, Cardiff Unversity,on ‘A new chronology and new agenda: the problematic sixth century’ exploring the issues raised by the recent high-precision radio-carbon dating project

2013

The 2013 Toller Lecture was given by Leslie Webster, formerly of the British Museum. on Monday 4 March 2013 in the Historic Library, John Rylands University Library of Manchester, Deansgate Building, and was followed by a wine reception and dinner.

2012

The 2012 Toller Lecture was held on 5 March 2012 in The Historic Library, John Rylands University Library, Deansgate Building.Eamonn O'Carragain, of the University of Cork, spoke on ‘Vercelli as a context for The Dream of the Rood’.

The lecture was followed by a FREE wine reception in the Foyer of the Deansgate Library and dinner (regrettably not free!)at Pestos on Deansgate.

2011

Mon 7 March 2011 at  6.00 p.m. Professor Barbara Yorke, University of Winchester spoke on ‘King Alfred and the traditions of Anglo-Saxon kingship’.

Previous lectures

2010

Professor Rolf Bremmer, University of Leiden
'Looking Back at Anger: Wrath in Anglo-Saxon England'

2009

Professor Michelle Brown
'The Anglo-Saxon contribution to the History of the Book'

2008

Dr Gillian Fellows-Jensen (University of Copenhagen)
'The Danes and the Danish Language in England: an anthroponymical point of view'

2007

Professor Allen J. Frantzen, , Loyola University, Chicago
"Performance and Old English Poetry: Theatre and the Literature of the Anglo-Saxons"

2006

Professor Roy Liuzza (University of Tennessee)
'Time in Anglo-Saxon England'

2005

Professor Elaine Treharne (University of Leicester)
'The Politics of English, 1000 - 1200'

2004

Paul E. Szarmach (Western Michigan University)
'Anglo-Saxon Texts in Search of the Beginning'

2003

Patrick Wormald (University of Oxford)
'The Advent of the English: Migration as Historical Event'

2002

Professor Peter Baker (University of Virginia)
'Toller at School Joseph Bosworth, T. Northcote Toller and the Progress of Old English Lexicography in the Nineteenth Century'

2001

Professor Simon Keynes (University of Cambridge)
The Charters of King Athelstan and the Kingship of the English 

2000

Professor Mechthild Gretch (University of Göttingen)
Winchester Vocabulary and Standard Old English: The Role of the Vernacular in Late Anglo-Saxon England 

1999

Professor Nicholas Howe (Ohio State University)
An Angle on this Earth: Sense of Place in Anglo-Saxon England Available

1998

Professor Richard Pfaff (University of North Carolina)
The Anglo-Saxon Bishop and his Book

1997

Dr David Hinton (University of Southampton)
Smiths and Myths Available

1996

Professor Joyce Hill (University of Leeds)
Translating the Tradition: Manuscripts, Models and Methodology in the Composition of Ælfric's Catholic Homilies Available

1995

Professor Richard Bailey (University of Newcastle)
'What mean these stones?' Some Aspects of Pre-Norman Sculpture in Cheshire and Lancashire Out of print

1994

Professor George Hardin Brown (Stanford University)
The Dynamics of Literacy in Anglo-Saxon England Out of print

1993

Professor Katherine O'Brien O'Keefe (University of Notre Dame)
Source, Method, Theory, Practice: on Reading two Old English Verse Texts Available

1992

Professor Roberta Frank (University of Toronto)
The Search for the Anglo-Saxon Oral Poet 

1990

Professor Michael Lapidge (formerly University of Cambridge, now University of Notre Dame)
Textual Criticism and the Literature of Anglo-Saxon England. Available 

1989

Professor Helmut Gneuss (University of Munich)
The Study of Language in Anglo-Saxon England Out of print

1988

Professor Audrey L. Meaney (MacQuarie University)
Scyld Scefing and the Dating of Beowulf - Again Available.

1987

Professor Janet Bately (King's College, London)
Manuscript Layout and the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle Available