• Medieval Matters: Week 6
    It’s another beautiful sunny bank-holiday Monday here in Oxford. The parks are looking especially lovely, and provide a particularly lovely break from work. Indeed, Alcuin tells us that we can find lots of examples for good behaviour in nature. In particular the bee, famed for its careful selection of good pollen, might be a useful […]
  • Night Office in 15th-Century Oxford
    A re-enactment of a forgotten liturgy for St Thomas Becket When: Tuesday 6 June at 9 pmWhere: New College Chapel Free entry. All welcome! The service has been prepared specially by Dr Henry Parkes (University of Nottingham), currently Albi Rosenthal Visiting Fellow in Music at the Bodleian Library. His research project ‘Music in the Shadows: Staging […]
  • The Pursuit of Musick. The Taverner Consort at 50
    A Lecture by Andrew Parrott in conversation on musical life in medieval and early modern Europe. A celebration of 50 years of the Taverner Consort and Andrew Parrott’s The Pursuit of Musick: Musical Life in Original Writings & Art c1200–1770, a uniquely colourful compendium of almost everything to do with pre-modern musical life.
  • Provenance Unknown: A New CMTC Lecture Series  
    The Centre for Manuscript and Text Cultures (CMTC) in the University of Oxford is proud to announce a new lecture series: Provenance: Unknown  The new lecture series on unprovenanced manuscripts/inscriptions seeks to gather a wide range of voices from academics in different fields or disciplines about the methodological pros and cons of working with unprovenanced mss/inscriptions in academic […]
  • Medieval Matters: Week 5
    Last weekend medievalists from around the world gathered at Oxford to celebrate the life and scholarship of Nigel F. Palmer (1946-2022), Emeritus Professor of German Medieval Literary and Linguistic  Studies . Many thanks to all who came along, gave papers, and organised the wonderful library exhibition. As part of the proceedings, Dr Alan Coates gave a special […]
  • OMS Small Grants TT 2023      
    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 the beginning of Trinity term 2023 and end of […]
  • Nigel Palmer’s Books in the Bodleian
    A presentation by Dr Alan Coates, Assistant Librarian, Rare Books, Dept. of Special Collections and Subject Librarian, Bibliography & History of the Book on the occasion of the Memorial Colloquium for Nigel Palmer and as part of the Weston Library Medievalists Coffee Mornings. This builds on the work the late Nigel F. Palmer did with the […]
  • Literary, religious and manuscript cultures of the  German-speaking lands:  a  symposium  in memory of Nigel F. Palmer (1946-2022) 
    Friday 19 – Saturday 20 May 2023 Venue: Taylor Institution and Weston Library Admission:  Free for symposium and reception; dinner to be charged. Please register to attend by 30 April 2023. To celebrate the life and scholarship of Nigel F. Palmer, Professor of  German  Medieval Literary and Linguistic  Studies at the University of Oxford, Faculty, College and academic community will honour his memory with a symposium, to be held at the Taylorian and the Weston Library on 19-20 May 2023.
  • Medieval Matters: Week 4
    We are half way through May, and half way through the term! Everything is starting to feel summery in Oxford: the days are getting warmer and the University parks, gardens and meadows are looking beautiful as all of the plants come into flower. Of course, there is also a flowering of knowledge at this time […]
  • Noblesse Oblige? Barons and the Public Good in Medieval Afro-Eurasia 10th-14th Centuries
    1st and 3rd Conference – 25th-27th May 2023 St Cross College and Pusey House, Oxford 25th May Thursday 9h Registration and Coffee9h30-10h Introduction and Problematique (Maximilian Lau Worcester College, University of Oxford and Gregory Lippiatt University of Exeter)10h-10h30 Coffee10h30–11h15 Political argumentation in the 1150s and 1160s: the example of the Saint-Victor Register (Alice Taylor)11h15–12h The […]
  • Workshop : The Order of St Victor in Medieval Scandinavia
    Workshop 3: Victorine and Augustinian Influences in the North-East. Aula Magna, Stockholm University, 25–26 May 2023. Hosted by the Stockholm University Centre for Medieval StudiesArranged by Prof. Roger Andersson, Stockholm University and Prof. Samu Niskanen, University of Helsinki. Open to interested subject to availability. Register interest by contacting Thursday 25 May COFFEE 10:00–10:30 SESSION […]
  • Ervin Bossányi: Stained Glass Art and Linocut Workshop
    Friday, 26 May 2023, 2-4pm in the St Peter’s College Chapel St Peter’s College is pleased to host a practical art workshop as part of a current display exploring the works of Hungarian artist Ervin Bossányi (1891-1975) in the College collections and Chapel stained glass. His artistic achievements range from paintings and friezes to stained […]
  • Medieval Matters: Week 3
    Last week we hosted the fabulous OMS Trinity Term Lecture by Alison Ray and Heather Barr: a careers talk with a twist! Many thanks to Alison and Heather for a wonderful evening, and thanks to everyone who came along. Here’s some careers-based wisdom from Alcuin, in honour of the occasion: Unus quisque proprii laboris mercedem […]
  • GLAMorous work: Medievalist Pathways in Archives and Libraries
    The Oxford Medieval Studies Trinity Term lecture on Thursday, 4 May was a careers talk with a twist, featuring an exhibition in the St Edmund Hall Old Library as well as coffee and cake! Alison Ray (Archivist, St Peter’s College) and Heather Barr (Graduate Trainee Library Assistant, St Edmund Hall) were delighted to share their […]
  • Staging Marguerite des Navarre’s ‘Comédie de Innocents’
    Report by Elisabeth Dutton, Université de Fribourg, on the staging of the Comédie des Innocents, by Marguerite de Navarre. Presented by les perles innocentes as part of the Medieval Mystery Cycle 2023 at St Edmund Hall, University of Oxford (see there for a synopsis of the play and the cast list). The play at first reading seemed […]
  • Highlights of the Oxford Medieval Mystery Plays 2023
    A fantastic day was had by all at the third Medieval Mystery Cycle held on Saturday, 22 April that took place across the Front Quad and St Peter-in-the-East churchyard of St Edmund Hall. Actors, directors, singers and designers staged six plays dating from between the 12th and 16th centuries. Retelling Biblical stories from the Nativity […]
  • Medieval Matters: Week 2
    Happy May Morning! The May Morning celebrations in Oxford traditionally mark the official arrival of Spring. If you were up early celebrating at Magdalen Bridge, I hope that you had a wonderful time. Here is some wisdom from Alcuin regarding mornings, whether literal or more metaphorical: Mane, florentibus per aetatem studiis, seminavi in Brittania[In the […]
  • Medieval Matters: Week 1
    Welcome back to Oxford for Trinity Term! I’d like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who contributed to making the Oxford Medieval Graduate Conference and Medieval Mystery Cycle so wonderful. So much hard work goes into these events, and you really showcased the wide range of approaches and the incredible vivacity of Oxford’s medieval […]
  • CFP: Pax Normanna
    The First Generations of the Conquest (Norman Worlds, 9th-12th Century) – 1. DepartingSymposium at the Maison Française d’Oxford, 22-23 September 2023 Image: Dove of peace between two soldiers: Tours, Bibliothèque municipale, Ms. 568, f. 249v © BMT This conference will address the notion of “first generations” in relation to the medieval Norman conquests in England, […]
  • Centre for Manuscript and Text Cultures Round table: Digital publishing and future research in manuscript studies 
    26 APRIL (Wednesday week 1 of Trinity Term), 5.15pm UK time In celebration of the release of vol. 2 of the Journal of Manuscript and Text Cultures (MTC), which takes an explicitly experimental approach of involving digital tools for the presentation of research in manuscript cultures, the Centre for Manuscript and Text Cultures (CMTC) is holding a round table 26 APRIL (Wednesday […]
  • Oxford Medieval Mystery Plays 2023
    The third Medieval Mystery Cycle was held on Saturday 22 April 2023 at St Edmund Hall, 12noon-3:30pm. Read a report on the cycle by Alison Ray and one on the French play by Elisabeth Dutton. 0:00:34 Prologue 0:02:50 O quanta qualia (St Edmund Hall Choir) Latin 0:06:18 Extracts from Piers Plowman (Swonken ful harde) […]
  • Medieval Matters: Week 0
    Welcome back to Oxford, and to the Oxford Medieval Studies Trinity Term programme! We have so many exciting things in store for you this term, and I’m really looking forward to once again being your guide for all of Oxford’s Medieval Matters. In the words of Alcuin: nos semper suspensi de reditu tuo[I will be […]
  • Oxford Medieval Graduate Conference 2023
    The Oxford Medieval Graduate Conference is back on April 20-21, 2023 with the theme of ‘Names and Naming’! The conference takes place fully hybrid, in Oxford and online. Follow us on Twitter @OxMedGradConf and In the meantime, check out the conference website (, with its extensive digital collection of Oxford medieval medical manuscripts and its […]
  • Medieval Matters: Week 8
    It feels like term has just begun, but here we are in week 8 already! That said, the medievalist happenings at Oxford are far from over. In fact, we have an especially full week of exciting events and seminars lined up for you! This isn’t surprising: even Alcuin knew that week 8 was sometimes the […]
  • New AHRC Network: Noblesse Oblige?
    ‘Barons’ and the Public Good in Medieval Afro-Eurasia (10th-14th Centuries) Conference and Call for Associate Membership This network is a forum for the re-evaluation of ‘baronial’ government and the common good between the tenth and fourteenth centuries across different Afro-Eurasian polities. By bringing together emerging and established international scholars, it challenges the traditionally Eurocentric approach […]
  • Medieval Matters: Week 7
    Teaching term may be starting to wrap up, but things are still extremely busy here at OMS. There are so many exciting events and upcoming free-to-attend online conferences for us to enjoy that it’s hard to remember that we are entering the final fortnight of term! That said, I am sure I am not alone […]
  • Lehnwörter – A Double Bill on Etymology & a Cultural History of Writing through Words
    When: Week 8, 10 March  2023, 3–5pm Where: 47 Wellington Square, 1st floor, lecture room 1 What: Double bill on etymology in German and English with Dr Aletta Leipold (Althochdeutsches Wörterbuch, Leipzig, working also on the history of magic) and Dr Philip Durkin (Oxford English Dictionary, author of ‘Borrowed Words’ & al.). This is part of […]