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Catalan Flavours: Ramon Llull and Medieval Cooking

Culture.  London,  27/10/2016

Ramon Llull (c.1232 – c.1316) was a pioneering Catalan visionary, philosopher and logician. His work is deeply embedded in the Mediterranean cultural space, its diversity of cultures, religions, landscapes and languages. Join us on 28 October in Senate House University of London to commemorate the seventh centenary of the death of this extraordinary thinker. Earlier in the day the Medieval Hispanic Research at Queen Mary University of London will hold an intensive study session examining current research on Llull with leading international academics. 

'Catalan Flavours: Ramon Llull and Medieval Cooking'
Friday 28 October // 6.30pm
Macmillan Hall, Senate House
Malet St, London WC1E 7HU


Immerse yourself in the medieval world through the eyes of one of the foremost writers and philosophers of the Middle Ages, Ramon Llull. This public event will celebrate his legacy and will give us a taste of the history of Catalan Medieval Cooking. Our speaker will be Joan Santanach, curator of the Ramon Llull Year and editor of the oldest surviving culinary text in Catalan.

Dr Helena Buffery (Head of Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies, University College Cork) and Dr Barry Taylor (Curator, Hispanic Printed Collections, at the British Library) will discuss how translations were essential for cultural exchange and how they helped to develop and extend Ramon Llull's influence.  

At the event there will be a display of items from the Special Collections at Senate House Library, University of London, relating to Ramon Llull and to Catalan culture and history. 

Event schedule: 

- Catalan Flavours: Ramon Llull and Catalan Medieval Cooking 
Talk by Joan Santanach (University of London; curator of the Ramon Llull Year)
- Catalan Collections at Senate House 

A brief introduction to the display of material relating to Ramon Llull and Catalan culture and history held in the Special Collections at Senate House Library. It will include material from the papers of Joan Gili, Catalan publisher and translator who co-founded the Anglo-Catalan Society and the Dolphin Bookshop, specialising in Catalan, Spanish and Latin American books and manuscripts. 

Dr Maria Castrillo (Head of Special Collections & Engagement, Senate House Library).

- Discussion on Llull and Cultural translation with Dr Barry Taylor (British Library) and  Dr Helena Buffery (University College Cork)

- The event will be followed by a food and wine reception

This event is a partnership between the Institut Ramon Llull, the Institute of Modern Languages Research (School of Advanced Study) and Senate House Library, University of London, with the collaboration of the Delegation of Catalonia to the United Kingdom and Ireland and the Instituto Cervantes and the kind support of Estrella Damm and Freixenet. 



Joan Santanach is lecturer at University of Barcelona. His research has explored the cultural and literary context of Medieval Catalonia, with a special attention on Ramon Llull and his works. He has published several studies on this subject, and the critical edition of two Ramon Llull’s works: the Doctrina pueril (NEORL, 2005; German translation, 2009; Gnglish translation in process, by Dr. John Dagenais) and the Romanç d’Evast e Blaquerna, with Dr Albert Soler (NEORL, 2009; English translation in process, by Dr Robert D. Hughes). He has published, with Tamesis Books, Ramon Llull as a Vernacular Writer, written in cooperation with Dr Lola Badia and Dr Albert Soler.
Joan Santanach is also interested in Medieval Cooking. He has published critical editions of several Catalan cookbooks written in the Middle Ages, such as the Llibre de Sent Soví (The Book of Sent Soví; english translation: Tamesis Books - Barcino, 2008), the Llibre de totes maneres de confits (The Book of all Kinds of Candied Fruits; Barcino, 2003) and the Llibre d’aparellar de menjar (The Book of Food Preparation; Millennium, 2014).

Barry Taylor is Curator, Hispanic Printed Collections, at the British Library.  He has published on Latin, Spanish and Catalan literature from the Middle Ages to the seventeenth century.  Among his publications on Catalan studies are: ‘Some complexities of the exemplum in Ramon Llull’s Llibre de les bèsties’, Modern Language Review, 90 (1995), 646-58; ‘The fables of Eiximenis: norm and abnormality’, Modern Language Review, 94 (1999), 409-14; ‘Bernat Metge in the Context of Hispanic Ciceronianism’, in Fourteenth-Century Classicism: Petrarch and Bernat Metge, ed. Lluís Cabré, Alejandro Coroleu and Jill Kraye (London: Warburg Institute and Nino Aragno, 2013), pp. 125-39; and La història de Jacob Xalabín, ed. Juan Carlos Bayo, tr. Barry Taylor (Turnhout: Brepols, 2015).

Helena Buffery is Head of Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies in University College Cork. Her teaching and research interests in Catalan Studies focus mainly on translation and on theatre and performance studies. Publications include: Shakespeare in Catalan: Translating Imperialism (2007) and, with Carlota Caulfield, Barcelona: Visual Culture, Space and Power (2012).

Senate House Library is the central library for the University of London and the School of Advanced Study. It offers Arts, Humanities and Social Science Research Collections and Special Collections in the heart of London’s student and research community. Members have access to millions of books and journals, digital resources, and beautiful study spaces. For more information please visit:

Medieval Hispanic Research Seminar (MHRS) 
Friday 28 October 2016 // 2.15pm

QMUL, Mile End Rd, London E1 4NS

An intensive session with leading international academics presenting their latest research

Anthony J. Lappin (National University of Ireland Maynooth) presents 'From Master of the Military Order to the Warrior King: the development and reception of Ramón Llull's proposals for the reform and restructuring of the military orders’

Ramon Llull is often celebrated for his eirenic approach to the conversion of Muslims through the application of his own, highly idiosyncratic, formulation of philosophy.

This paper will look at the other aspect to Llull's wish to confront Islam – and a necessary and ubiquitous preoccupation throughout the Middle Ages – the force of arms, Crusade, and the dream of re-taking Jerusalem. To this end, I will consider his proposals, submitted in various guises for papal consideration, of a root-and-branch reform of the military orders, the creation of a new command structure, and their deployment as a massive military force under the banner of a new Crusade. Llull's ideas received an echo after his day, and I will trace their impact on the fate of military orders in the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries, ending with a consideration of Alfonso de Espina's use of Llull's ideas in his Fortalitium fidei as part of the growing fervour of apocalyptic monarchism.

Anthony John Lappin is research professor at Maynooth University, Ireland, and was recently an EURIAS fellow at Uppsala Institute of Advanced Research. He has maintained current interests in early vernacular and medieval Latin, and on the interest medieval Christians took in Islam during the Middle Ages. He has recently edited the Alchoran latinus of 1143, the earliest complete translation of the Qur'an that survives; and is currently working (with Rosa Vidal Doval) on an edition and translation of the Fortalitium fidei by Alfonso de Espina.

Respondent: Joan Santanach (Universitat de Barcelona, Curator of the Ramon Llull Year)

Seminar in English and Spanish. 

This seminar is organised by the Medieval Hispanic Research Seminar in collaboration with the Centre for Catalan Studies and the Institut Ramon Llull. For more information please visit: 


MHRS was founded in 1967 by Professor Alan D. Deyermond to provide a forum for the presentation and discussion of work by graduate students at Westfield College. Since then, it has expanded its remit to include papers from anyone working on the art, culture, history, languages and literatures of the Iberian world in the Middle Ages.
To find out more about MHRS please contact its director, Rosa Vidal Doval (

Ramon Llull (c. 1232 – c. 1316) was one of the primary writers and thinkers of the Middle Ages in Europe. No other Catalan author has exerted similar influence, either geographically or across time. His wide-ranging interests were such that he made notable contributions to every area of the knowledge of his day, from philosophy and theology to law, medicine, astronomy, rhetoric and logic. At the same time, Llull produced a substantial body of literary work that includes emblematic titles which place him at the very start of the Catalan literary tradition. 

The celebration of Llull Year in 2016, commemorating the seventh centenary of his death, will provide an opportunity to showcase the importance of Ramon Llull’s contribution to the world of letters and to draw the attention to the extent to which his thinking has influenced numerous European intellectuals, an influence that continues to this day. 

The events of the Ramon Llull Year in London are organised by the Institut Ramon Llull with the Institute of Modern Languages Research School of Advanced Study, University of London Senate House; The Centre for Catalan Studies – QMUL and the Department of Iberian and Latin American Studies at QMUL with the support of the Government of Catalonia to the United Kingdom and Ireland and the Instituto Cervantes. 

INSTITUT RAMON LLULL - The Institut Ramon Llull (IRL) is a public entity funded by the Catalan Government with the primary aim of promoting the Catalan Language and Culture internationally and is named after the visionary thinker Ramon Llull. The IRL’s programmes are coordinated by three departments: Performing and Visual Arts; Literature and the Humanities; and Language and Universities. In addition to its Barcelona headquarters, the IRL has four offices abroad in the cities of London, New York, Paris and Berlin.

Sponsors of IRL projects

The Institut Ramon Llull

is a consortium that comprises the Generalitat de Catalunya (Government of Catalonia), Balearic Islands Government and the Barcelona City Council, and its mission is the promotion of Catalan language and culture abroad.

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