Medieval Matters: Pre-Term

It brings me great joy to welcome you to the start of a new academic year at Oxford! I’m honoured to be taking over the role of OMS Communications Officer from Caroline Batten, the wonderful scribe and would-be-medieval-poet of last year’s Monday emails. I’m looking forward to bringing you all the latest Oxford Medieval news and keeping you up to date on the many exciting seminars and events that lie in store for us this year. If you would like your events to be promoted by OMS or have pitches for posts for the OMS blog, please don’t hesitate to get in touch at

As Michaelmas approaches, so too does the arrival of this term’s Medieval Booklet. If you are running a seminar, event or reading group that you wish to appear in the booklet, please email me your submission before October 1st.

Term may not yet have begun, but we already have some events to bring to your attention:

  • Save the Date! Our first big event of the year is the Oxford Medieval Studies Roadshow, Tuesday 12th October, 5-7 pm, where you can promote your research seminars, conferences, projects and workshops. More details to follow shortly…

  • Seminar on the History of Domestic Violence. The 5th Seminar in History of Domestic Violence and Abuse series, organized by Juliana Dresvina & Anu Lahtinen, University of Oxford & University of Helsinki, will take place on Friday 1st October, 10am.

We’re looking forward to seeing you all back in Oxford in October, and to tentatively resuming in-person events. For now, I leave you with a little snippet of medieval wisdom, to whet your appetites for the term ahead:

Ælc man, ðe wisdom lufað, bið gesælig
[‘Everyone who loves wisdom is blessed’, Ælfric, preface to the Grammar]

A manuscript illumination of an asp and a man
A vacationing serpent is shocked by the arrival of the term’s first Medieval Matters email: Merton College, MS 249, f. 7r

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