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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 Englishman Abroad: the Medieval Origins of an Identity

5.30PM, Berrick Saul Lecture Theatre, Humanities Research Centre, West Campus, University of York

Prof. Anthony Bale, Birkbeck, University of London


Chivalry and Genocide. The French Conquest of the Canary Islands 1402-1405

1.00PM, V/N/123

Prof. Craig Taylor, Department of History/CMS


Memory, Syntax and Metre in Dante: Verse Composition and Digital Tools

5.30PM, The Treehouse, Berrick Saul Building, West Campus, Heslington, University of York

Dr Ryan Pepin

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CFP: Texture in the Medieval World

Friday 8 March 2024

N/EMICS Interdisciplinary Conference, June 1-2, 2024. Invitation for 20-minute papers relating to the theme of texture.

Richard III Society Dissertation Prize Winner

Thursday 7 March 2024

We are delighted to announce that Eleanor Johnson (MA in Medieval Archaeology) has won the Richard III Society Dissertation Prize for the best 2022-3 MA dissertation submitted on a topic relevant to the period of Richard III.

York Medieval Press Book Launch

Friday 1 March 2024

Two new books from York Medieval Press’ Health & Healing in the Middle Ages series

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