June 19, 2019

‘O Wall, O sweet, O lovely Wall’ - A Midsummer Night's Dream, Act 5, Scene 1

James & Mrs Jenkes: Gentlefolk at the top of the "ordinary" Tudors

The Early Bird deadline for The Typical Tudor launch and conference in April 2020 has been extended by just 24 hours to celebrate midsummer and the announcement of another collaborator in the Missing Persons project.

Jane and Ninya are delighted that Dr Kathy Davies has agreed to speak in the Nottingham court room as a witness for an appealing and eloquent source of evidence for ordinary people. Kathy is the author of Artisan Art: Vernacular Wall Paintings in the Welsh Marches 1550-1650, which is a treasure trove of parochial dress in the sixteenth century. She will discuss the representation of clothing in the wall paintings she has studied and reveal just how fascinating this under-represented source of visual information can be.

Above is a wall painting of James and Mrs Jenkes of Ticklerton in Shropshire, celebrating his newly acquired gentlemanly status and also, possibly, the imminent birth of his first born. Kathy's favourite wall painting portrait is of Jane Andrew from Coalknap Farm in Barry, South Wales, whose remarkable style of sleeves (shared with Mrs Jenkes) is found on church effigies in the same locality (see below).
 
The Early Bird registration for the conference will now close on Thurs 20 June at 6pm (UK time). Buy your ticket now for £275 (US$349/€313). Leave it until 21 June and the price goes up to £299. It is midsummer madness to miss out on this discount!

The conference ticket includes a copy of The Typical Tudor ahead of its main release in May 2020. In addition, all Early Birds will receive a surprise Tudor Tailor gift in their registration pack on arrival at the conference. Please note that tickets are selling swiftly and that places are limited.

More details about the conference programme, other activities and the gala dinner are available here, where you can also buy your ticket via PayPal.