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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

Join a lively and welcoming community

Join a lively and welcoming community

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.



Wynkyn de Worde and the Marketing of European Romances in England

4.30PM, Room K/159, King's Manor

Dr Lydia Zeldenrust, University of Glasgow


Constructing the Archbishop: Registers, Rights, and Relationships in Thirteenth-Century York

6.30PM, The Huntingdon Room, (K/122), King's Manor

Laura Atkinson

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Dilnoza Duturaeva receives the 2023 Silk Road Academic Award.

Thursday 16 November 2023

At a ceremony at Keimyung University in Daegu, Korea on 13-14 November, Dr Duturaeva (History/CMS) was presented with the 2023 Silk Road Academic Award.

2024 PhD Scholarships Available

Monday 6 November 2023

Funding has been announced for the 2024/5 application process for PhD study. Please read further to find out more about opportunities to do PhD research at CMS.

Spring Lane Theatre named in Honour of Prof. Mark Ormrod

Monday 6 November 2023

The Spring Lane Lecture Theatre at the University of York's Heslington campus was name in honour of Prof. Mark Ormrod (1957-2022) on Friday 27th November.

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