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Welcome to the Centre for Medieval Studies

World views: Liber Floridus (Ghent University Library, MS 92, fols 226'v-226"r)

Islamic tiles (Bu Inania madrese, Fez)

New Islamic pathway: tiles, Bu Inania madrese, Fez

York: a great medieval city

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Viking ships by the River Ouse

Study at the historic King's Manor

The Centre for Medieval Studies (CMS) at the University of York is one of the world’s leading centres for postgraduate study and research into the Middle Ages.

Our vision of medieval studies situates world-leading expertise on the European Middle Ages, 400-1550, within a wider Afro-Eurasian framework, with current concentrations of excellence in medieval England and its neighbours, the built environment, religion and dissent, gender and sexuality, Viking studies and Islamic cultures.

We draw upon expertise from the departments of Archaeology, English and Related Literature, History and History of Art, as well as from Computer Science, Language and Linguistic Sciences, Music and Physics. Our teaching and research is shaped by long experience of innovative interdisciplinary collaboration, extending across the Humanities to the Natural Sciences. 

We are a welcoming and supportive community, fully committed to diversity and inclusivity in our study of the Middle Ages.



The Last Pagans? Paganism in the Medieval Baltic

6.00PM, Online

Dr Francis Young (independent scholar)


The MEMO on: The Global Middle Ages and Islamicate Worlds

5.30PM, Online

Dr Fozia Bora (University of Leeds) and Dr Shazia Jagot (University of York) in conversation


Phantomology: From Soul to Brain - Medieval Studies Meets Neuroscience

5.30PM, Hybrid - K/133, King's Manor and Zoom

Professor Alastair Minnis (Yale University) & Professor Peter Brugger (University of Zurich)

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New Publication co-edited by Jessica Richardson

Wednesday 20 July 2022

Many congratulations to Jessica RIchardson on her new co-edited volume, Fashioned from Holy Matter (a special issue of the journal Res: Anthropology and Aesthetics) which has just been published!

Dr Lydia Zeldenrust talks about Mélusine on BBC Radio 3

Monday 24 January 2022

Lydia Zeldenrust, Leverhulme Early Career Fellow, contributed to an episode on Mélusine for ‘Free Thinking’ on BBC Radio 3, presented by Shahidha Bari.

Book Prize Success for Dr Michele Campopiano

Thursday 13 January 2022

Warm congratulations to Michele Campopiano, a Senior Lecturer in the Department of English and Related Literature, who has been awarded the 2021 San Francesco Prize for his recent monograph, Writing the Holy Land: the Franciscans of Mount Zion and the Construction of a Cultural Memory, 1300-1550.

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