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Welcome to the Centre for Medieval Studies

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A leading international centre of research into the Middle Ages 

York: one of the finest medieval cities in the world

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The UK’s largest and longest established postgraduate provider of Medieval Studies

Join a vibrant and active community of like-minded medievalists

The city of York is rich in medieval resources

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.

Combining world-renowned expertise and research in Medieval Art and Architecture, Archaeology, Literature, and History with the unrivalled resources available in the medieval city of York, the Centre offers a truly interdisciplinary Medieval Studies experience.

Professor Mark Ormrod (1957-2020)

It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Professor Mark Ormrod, our former director, on Sunday morning, 2 August 2020. Mark’s scholarship shaped the study of late medieval England, in its political and social life, and its relations with the wider world. The Centre for Medieval Studies and the wider community of medievalists is deeply indebted both to his learning and his leadership. We have lost an immensely generous colleague, teacher, mentor and friend. Mark’s students recently endowed the ‘Ormrod Prize’, awarded annually to the best PhD on a medieval topic at York. He himself endowed a scholarship that will enable CMS to grow and for his legacy to shape future generations of young medievalists.  

We include an appreciation written by Professor Sarah Rees Jones. There will be occasions to honour Mark’s contribution to the life of the CMS, the Department of History and the University in the future.


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New publication from Richard McClary

Friday 28 August 2020

A volume on 'Turkish History and Culture in India: Identity, Art and Transregional Connections', co-edited by Richard McClary has been recently published by Brill.

Congratulations to our newest Professors

Friday 7 August 2020

The CMS would like to extend its warmest congratulations to the latest of our staff promoted to professor.

CMS Celebrates Prize Winners

Tuesday 30 June 2020

Thursday 25 June saw the CMS awarding its annual prizes at a virtual Summer Party.

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