• Overview: Reading Groups (Trinity 2021)
    Find all the reading group information you need in this blog post!
  • Pilgrimage: A female perspective– Comparing Arnold von Harff and Dorothea von Montau
    5th May 2021 will see the launch of the Taylor digital edition of MS Bodl. 972, a sixteenth-century copy of Arnold von Harff’s Reisebericht or travel account. This edition is the fruit of much hard work from Agnes Hilger and Eva Neufeind, who spent last term in Oxford as Erasmus interns with Henrike Lähnemann. In […]
  • Arnold von Harff: Knight, Pilgrim, Guide, and Author
    This post serves as a dual introduction, both to Arnold von Harff and to late-medieval pilgrimage writing more broadly. The latter goal in particular is, admittedly, rather brave. Who was Arnold von Harff? This is a question which Harff wants his audience to answer in a particular way. As he never tires of reminding us, […]
  • Medieval Church and Culture Seminar
    Tuesdays. Meeting from 5pm; papers begin at 5.15pm. Everyone is welcome at this informal and friendly graduate seminar. This Trinity Term, as always, MCC will feature presentations from the 2020-21 Medieval Studies MSt cohort on theirupcoming dissertations.
  • 4th June, 2021: MEDIUM ÆVUM LECTURE
    Jocelyn Wogan-Browne: Et stellam matutinam vus dunra to go te bedde: Women and Multilingualism in Late Medieval England The 2021 MÆ Lecture Friday, June 4, 2021 – 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM BST (Online!) Register here:
  • (Tuesdays, 5:30pm): London Society for Medieval Studies Seminar
    Tuesdays, 17:30, via Zoom – 11/05: Reyhan Durmaz (University of Pennsylvania), “Family, Fame, and Faith: The Making of Christian Communities in Medieval Northern Mesopotamia”. – 18/05: Richard G. Newhauser (Arizona State University), “Sensology and Enargeia”. – 08/06: Philip Booth (Manchester Metropolitan University), “An Almost Incredible Multitude: Mass Pilgrimage to the Holy Land in the 11th […]
  • Pre-Modern Conversations: Introducing our WIP Group
    IntroductionOn a chilly Autumn day, two postdoctoral fellows (Lena Vosding and Godelinde Gertrude Perk) were conversing in their shared office. They were very fond of their group of fellow supervisees, its camaraderie, and the support it provided. Nevertheless, the two early-career researchers still struggled on occasion to improve the argument of the articles they were […]
  • OMS Small Grants TT 2021
    The TORCH Oxford Medieval Studies Programme invites applications for small grants to support conferences, workshops, and other forms of collaborative research activity organised by researchers at postgraduate (whether MSt or DPhil) or early-career level from across the Humanities Division at the University of Oxford. The activity should take place between April 2021 and October 2021. The closing date for […]
  • Museum in the Middle: medieval things in a (still) medieval university
    OMS Trinity Term Lecture by Jim Harris (Ashmolean Museum) Tuesday, 27 April 2021, 5-6pm BST, live streamed from the Ashmolean The medieval collections of the Ashmolean Museum are rich in diversity and dazzling in quality, and using them in the service of the university curriculum has made it possible to explore the wide range of […]
  • 22nd / 23rd April: The Oxford Medieval Graduate Conference *Memory*
    The Oxford Medieval Graduate Conference is taking place on Thursday and Friday this week! To register; register; email: OMGC Twitter Handle @OxMedGradConf #OMGC21
  • Sebastian Brant’s Ship of Fools in German and English Collections
    On the 500th anniversary of the death of Sebastian Brant, this show-and-tell session brings together a multilingual array of his European bestseller, the Ship of Fools, live from the Bodleian Library, the British Library and the Staatsbibliothek Bamberg. When? 10 May 2021, 3-4 pm Where? Register for the Zoom session at For more information […]
  • Medieval Matters: Booklet and Week 0
    Welcome back to Trinity Term! As usual, it’s going to be a splendid term of seminars, events, and reading groups to keep you entertained and informed. Without further ado, I present this term’s Medieval Booklet. Peruse and enjoy! Please take particular note of this term’s OMS Lecture, given by our own Jim Harris, Mellon Foundation […]
  • ‘Digital Editions Live’ – Workshop 25 June 2021, 3-5pm (tbc)
    Methodology Workshop in cooperation with OCTET and Dark Archives Insights from the Series of ‘Digital Editions Live’ launches   Developing a framework for digital editing and exploring manuscripts online    Reflections on preparing digital editions in times of lockdown   Development of new digital methods for teaching History of the Book  Further Perspectives in conjunction with the Oxford Centre for […]
  • Digital Editions Live: Launching the Oxford History of the Book Projects 2021
    Taylor Editions and the Centre for the Study of the Book present: Digital Editions Live – Launching the Oxford History of the Book Projects 2021   The series presents projects which have been developed by Master students in the Faculty of Medieval and Modern Languages as part of their ‘Method Option’ Palaeography, History of the Book, Digital […]
  • May 04th: Dante 1481: the Comedia, illustrated by Botticelli
    Tue, 4 May 2021 2-4 pm BST / (9-11am EDT) Online Book Tickets:   About the Event The 1481 edition of Dante’s La Comedia contained engraved illustrations from designs by Sandro Botticelli. No more than 19 illustrations are printed directly onto the page in any of the surviving copies, and in many of the 156 copies […]
  • Call for Papers: Nottingham Medieval Studies
    Saturday 31 July 2021, 12:00pm Image from the Rushall Psalter, Nottingham, Me LM 1, f. 20v Nottingham Medieval Studies is the UK’s longest running medieval studies journal. Published by Brepols, NMS is an interdisciplinary journal for the study of European history and literature from Late Antiquity through the Reformation. It also features articles in related […]
  • How Black is Middle Dutch Moorish black?
    by Sophie Jordan Moriaen is black, and so is his suit of armour. Like the Green Knight in the English tradition or Ither in Wolfram von Eschenbach’s Parzival, Moriaen’s most noticeable trait is the colour of his equipment, which matches his body. The Christian son of an Arthurian knight and a Moorish princess, Moriaen comes […]
  • Applying for Your Medieval PhD: A How-To Guide
    By Caroline Batten Mary Boyle and Alexandra Vukovich Looking to apply for a PhD in a medieval research area? We’ve got your back! This month, OMS held a workshop for students on Oxford’s MSt programme in Medieval Studies, and now we’re making those insights available more widely. We’ll give you our three top tips first, […]
  • An Excerpt from Anne Louise Avery’s Reynard the Fox
    Looking for an exciting new retelling of the stories of the dashing and anarchic medieval folk hero Reynard the Fox? Look no further. OMS is honored to share with you the opening chapters of Anne Louise Avery’s new rendition of Caxton’s 1481 English translation of these Middle Dutch tales, now available from The Bodleian Library press.
  • Modern Politics, Medieval Monuments in Turkey
    By Alexandra Vukovich Over the course of its 1500-year history, the late Roman building known as the Hagia Sophia (Holy Wisdom) has served as the setting for many ceremonies, religious, political, and more often than not, a combination of the two. On July 24, 2020 Hagia Sophia served as a political theatre for a symbolic […]
  • Introducing Oxford’s Invisible East Programme
    By Arezou Azad, Principal Investigator and the Invisible East Team Today, in the popular imagination, the vast and pivotal region that stretches from eastern Iran to Tibet, known as the Islamicate East, is notorious as the cradle of terrorism, violence and war. And yet, during the half millennium that followed the coming of Islam (8th to 12th […]
  • Sending Letters and a Unicorn: How Medieval Nuns Coped with Social Distancing
    by Lena Vosding The current pandemic, as horrible as it is, seems to have heightened public awareness of pre-modern solutions to modern problems. Blog posts have looked, for example, at St Corona, the Black Death and precedent lock downs, or the strategies medieval anchoresses used to cope with the loneliness of their cells. Medieval anchoresses […]
  • What Happens When We Expand the Chronology and Geography of Plague’s History?
    (Or Why Yersinia pestis is a Good ‘Model Organism’ in These Pandemic Times) By Monica H. Green This short essay is a companion to, and summary of, a lecture of the same title given by Moniwca H. Green at Oxford on 16 March 2020. You can now watch the video of the lecture on the […]
  • Online Resources for Medievalists
    By Caroline Batten What’s a medievalist to read, watch, and listen to in lockdown? What resources can the Internet offer us to brighten our days, teach us new things, and keep us in touch with one another and our work? This is a crowdsourced list of podcasts, videos, blogs, and websites for your delectation and […]
  • Exploring Oxford’s nature through medieval eyes
    By Andrew Dunning You won’t see them in a typical tourist guide, but Oxford is home to several fabulous nature spots within walking distance of the city centre. Among my favourite discoveries during this year’s lockdown were a circuit through Wytham Woods, Godstow Abbey, and Port Meadow and a cross-country route along the Thames River […]
  • The Seven Deadly Sins and Their Antidotes
    By Florence Eccleston Reblogged from Introducing Medieval Christianity. The motif of the Seven Deadly Sins was extremely popular in the late medieval period, featuring in everything from literature, hymns, sermons, and manuals to wall paintings, manuscripts, and morality plays. The sins were Superbia, Avaritia, Luxuria, Ira, Gula, Invidia, and Acedia, now generally understood as Pride, […]
  • Where Do Myths, Legends and Folktales Come From?
    By Carolyne Larrington Reblogged from March 2019. The British Isles have a very long history, stretching back well before written records began. Much of what we might think of as early history is really legend – tales about the Druids, the story of Cædmon (the ‘father of English poetry’, who lived at Whitby Abbey) and […]