This year has been a significant one for Middle Ages and Renaissance anniversaries.
It has been 1,000 years since the Danish conquest of England in 1066, 800 years since the death of King John (of Magna Carta fame) in 1216, and 400 years since the deaths of both William Shakespeare and Miguel de Cervantes in 1616.
To commemorate these events, the Centre of Medieval and Renaissance Studies is presenting a free symposium Friday, Oct. 21.
“Sweet ’16: A Celebration of Centenaries from the Middle Ages and Renaissance 1016-2016” will be held from 10 a.m. to noon at Brock University’s Special Collections and Archives on the 10th floor of the James A. Gibson Library.
The symposium includes talks by Brock professors Angus Somerville (English, retired), Andrew McDonald (History), Matthew Martin (English), and Filipe Ruan (Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures). There will also be a series of dramatic readings from Medieval and Renaissance sources. The archive’s exhibit is also available for viewing.
The event is free and everyone is welcome to attend.