Loading Events

Duke John’s Skull: From History Lesson to Crime Exhibit

Monday, February 26, 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

CMRS Roundtable

In the aftermath of the assassination of Duke John of Burgundy (1419), a pivotal event in the Hundred Years’ War, the duke’s shattered skull became a famous bone of contention in disputes about the past. The controversial skull was kept by Carthusian monks and shown as a curiosity to visiting royalty until the Revolution. Modernity turned this unholy relic and macabre symbol of national disaster into a scientific specimen. It was repeatedly exhumed and studied, sketched and photographed, even copied in plaster and displayed in museums.

In this Roundtable, Professor Eric Jager (English, UCLA) discusses the prior of Champmol’s famous 1521 remark that made the skull into a history lesson for King Francis I; the findings of the forensic team that analyzed the exhumed skull in 1841; the skull’s use in phrenology as a “map” of the shifty duke’s mind; and museum displays featuring casts of the skull in “crime exhibits” meant to present history to a popular audience. The strange history of the duke’s skull may say less about the
disputed cranium itself, or about the man who once inhabited it, than about society’s changing attitudes toward the past, and the varying uses—or misuses—by the living of the dead.

Advance registration is requested. Please click here to complete the short registration form.

No fee. Limited seating. Self-pay parking in lots 2, 3, and 4. Parking information at https://main.transportation.ucla.edu/campus-parking/visitors

Funding for CMRS Roundtables is provided by the Armand Hammer Endowment for the UCLA Center for Medieval & Renaissance Studies

Registration for Eric Jager Roundtable on February 26, 2018

Please complete this form to register for the event. Or call us at 310-825-1880.
  • Please enter your first name.
  • Please enter your last name.
  • Which selection describes you best?
  • Please let us know how to reach you. We do not share this information.

Details

Date:
Monday, February 26, 2018
Time:
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Venue

Royce Hall Room 306
10745 Dickson Plaza
Los Angeles, CA 90095 United States

Organizer

CMRS
Phone:
310-825-1880
Email:
cmrs@humnet.ucla.edu
Website:
cmrs.ucla.edu