Project Conference


The Works of Guillame de Machaut: Music, Image, Text in the Middle Ages.

On 29th-30th April 2013 we will be welcoming Machaut scholars from all over the globe to present their current research. We have an exciting programme of interdisciplinary papers presenting new research in the field of Machaut Studies. The conference will be held at Reed Hall on the beautiful campus of the University of Exeter, recently named Sunday Times University of the Year. The city of Exeter boasts medieval treasures such as the cathedral and 14th-century underground passages. 


In addition to the presentation of papers, we are delighted to be welcoming internationally acclaimed Ensemble Le Basile, who will be performing a selection of Machaut’s music on the first evening of the conference, illustrating issues discussed in the various papers.



Registration is now open via the University of Exeter's online booking system.


The University can recommend a number of suitable hotels and bed and breakfasts within walking distance of the venue.


Directions to and maps of our Streatham Campus are available here.

Further information

For any questions regarding the conference, you can contact organiser Tamsyn Rose-Steel here.


***********************STOP PRESS!!!!!!!!************************

The Complete Poetry and Music of Guillaume de Machaut Volume 1 is out now!!!!

Volume 1: The Debate Poems is now available in print.

You can also enjoy the entire volume online via the Middle English Texts Website.

Edited and translated by R. Barton Palmer, with art historical commentary by Domenic Leo, and musical commentary by Uri Smilansky, the volume contains  Le Jugement dou Roy de Behaigne, Le Jugement dou Roy de Navarre, and Le Lay de Plour.




The Ferrell-Vogüé Machaut Manuscript

Full colour facsimile with introductory study by Lawrence Earp, Domenic Leo and Carla Shapreau. Preface by Christopher de Hamel

"It is a vast manuscript of royal luxury, 390 leaves of parchment, 314 mm. by 220 mm., illustrated with 118 enchanting miniatures by a workshop of court illuminators led by the Master of the Bible of Jean de Sy.They include pictures of gothic chivalry and romance, with mythology and natural history. Music is included on 235 pages of the manuscript, with almost the entire corpus of the ballades, lais and motets of Machaut, as well as his great polyphonic setting of the Mass, the four-part Messe de Nostre-Dame.The manuscript has never before been photographed in its entirety or reproduced in colour."

"Vol. 1 introductory study (225 pages colour/mono), vol. 2 facsimile (789 full colour pages) on 150gsm matt art paper. Full size reproduction, hard bound in buckram, presented in hard slipcover."

Available now from DIAMM Publications.

The Art of Grafted Song: Citation and Allusion in the Age of Machaut by Yolanda Plumley

Available now from Oxford University Press

"Presents the first detailed exploration of citational practices in the song-writing tradition of fourteenth-century France. The first monograph-length study on the Ars nova chanson with new evidence about the emergence of the new polyphonic chanson. Provides new evidence about the circle of poets and composers who engaged with Machaut and created a new style of poetry and song. Explores little studied collections of lyrics and songs of the period and provides fresh insights and perspectives on Machaut's works."