Medieval Matters: Week 7 TT20

Dear Medievalists,

We move into the peniultimate week of this strange Trinity Term. I hope exams, marking and research are interspersed with a chance to listen to the blackbirds.


  • First this week, we have the Medieval History Seminar from 5pm today (8th). This week sees Rob Lutton give a paper on ‘Popular Devotion? The O bone Jesu Prayer in English Books of Hours in the Fifteenth Century’. You can join the conversation on the Seminar’s Teams channel.
  • On Tuesday (9th) at 5pm, the Early Slavonic Seminar meets with Justin Willson and Ashley Morse discussing ‘Belated Jerusalems: Maksim Grek against Translatio Hierosolymi’. As always, the seminar meets via Zoom and you can register here.
  • Also at 5pm on Tuesday, please join OMS for their Trinity Term Lecture given by Tobias Capwell, and entitled ‘Armour and the Knight in Life and Afterlife’. This promises to be an excellent and informative evening, so I hope you can be there. It will take place YouTube and you can watch it here. You can find an abstract and more information via the OMS site on TORCH.
  • On Wednesday (10th), the Medieval German Graduate Seminar continues with their study of Meister Eckhart’s sermons on Freedom. If you would like to join them, they meets at 11.15am and you can email for more information.
  • The Old English Work-in-Progress Seminar meets on Wednesday at 4pm this week via their channel on OMS Teams. The speaker will be Caroline Batten who will discuss ‘Charms and Riddles: Moving beyond Sound and Sense’.
  • The Late Antique and Byzantine Archaeology and Art Seminar meets on Wednesday at 5pm. This week we have Andras Nemeth on ‘The Excerpta Constantiniana: Revisiting Constantine VII’s Cultural Enterprise’. The Seminar meets via their OMS on Teams, which you can reach by clicking here.
  • Medieval Church and Culture has moved to Wednesday to make room for the OMS lecture this week. So please join Sean Morris who will speak on ‘Politics and Lyric Poetry: Aristocratic song as constituting the etiquette of 13th-century French court culture’ and Lydia McCutcheon on ‘Familial Relationships in the Miracle Collections for St Thomas Becket and the “Miracle Windows” of Canterbury Cathedral’. We meet at 5pm via the MCC Channel on OMS Teams.

Reading Groups

  • The Old Norse Reading Group meets on Monday at 5.30pm, and since it is an odd week, it takes the form of a Graduate Fortum. They meet via their OMS Channel, and if you want more information, email
  • On Tuesday at 3.30pm, the Medieval Book Club continue with their theme of ‘Travel’ when they get to grips with Jean de Joinville’s, ‘Life of St. Louis’. You can join them via their OMS Channel and get more information by emailing
  • The Old English Reading Group meets on Thursday at 5.30pm via the OMS Channel. This term they have been reading selections of Ælric’s Homilies. If you’re interested, get in touch with
  • Then on Friday, the Anglo-Norman Reading Group continues with Marie de France’s Fables. They meet at 5pm and you can find out more information by emailing

One final thing. For those interested in receiving small grants (£100-£250) for medieval projects (especially digital ones),  please get in touch with us (informal queries to For more information, check our website.

See you all on Tuesday at Tobias’s lecture!

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