Session Title

Making It or Faking It? The Strange Truths of "False Witnesses" to Medieval Forms

Sponsoring Organization(s)

Research Group on Manuscript Evidence

Organizer Name

Mildred Budny, Sarah M. Anderson

Organizer Affiliation

Research Group on Manuscript Evidence, Princeton Univ.

Presider Name

David Porreca

Presider Affiliation

Univ. of Waterloo

Paper Title 1

Semi-Official Counterfeiting: "False" Coinage Produced within the French Mints (1380-1422) and What It Tells Us

Presenter 1 Name

David Sorenson

Presenter 1 Affiliation

Allen G. Berman, Numismatist

Paper Title 2

The Truth Will Out: Verity or Verisimilitude in Pre-Photographic Reproductions

Presenter 2 Name

Mildred Budny

Start Date

15-5-2015 10:00 AM

Session Location

Schneider 1130

Description

Forgeries, imitations, and re-creations of earlier forms challenge the study of medieval texts, art, artefacts, modes of thought, and systems of belief. Whether aimed to fool, amuse, cheat, instruct, or educate their audiences, say by providing a 'better' or 'truer' version of the past, these 'false witnesses' call for recognition of their potential truths, of whatever form, in a complex testimony to the Middle Ages and their legacy. This session examines cases found in texts, coinage, manuscripts, and art.
-- Mildred Budny

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May 15th, 10:00 AM

Making It or Faking It? The Strange Truths of "False Witnesses" to Medieval Forms

Schneider 1130

Forgeries, imitations, and re-creations of earlier forms challenge the study of medieval texts, art, artefacts, modes of thought, and systems of belief. Whether aimed to fool, amuse, cheat, instruct, or educate their audiences, say by providing a 'better' or 'truer' version of the past, these 'false witnesses' call for recognition of their potential truths, of whatever form, in a complex testimony to the Middle Ages and their legacy. This session examines cases found in texts, coinage, manuscripts, and art.
-- Mildred Budny