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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 Medieval Church: From Margins to Centre

9.30AM, University of York, Berrick Saul Building


Medieval Women and Gender: perspectives inspired by Jeremy Goldberg

10.00AM, Huntingdon Room, King's Manor, University of York

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Cnut - BBC 'In Our Time'

Friday 7 April 2023

Professor Elizabeth Tyler (Department of English and Related Literature/Centre for Medieval Studies) and Dr Pragya Vohra (Department of History/Centre for Medieval Studies) recently took part in the BBC podcast 'In Our Time' talking about Cnut.

In Remembrance of Tom McLeish

Wednesday 1 March 2023

It is with great sadness that we announce the death of our distinguished colleague and generous friend Tom McLeish (Professor of Natural Philosophy in the Department of Physics and the Centre for Medieval Studies at York). Tom passed away on Monday 27 February.

Digging for Britain

Wednesday 25 January 2023

Laura Yeoman, Access and Digital Engagement Archivist at the Borthwick Institute for Archives, was recently interviewed for BBC 2’s Digging for Britain.

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