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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

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.



Viking Studies Research Group

2.00PM, Zoom

David Griffiths, University of Oxford


Viking Studies Research Group

2.00PM, Zoom

Rebecca Merkelbach, University of Tübingen

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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.

CMS Medieval Bake-off

Monday 12 December 2022

On 5 December the CMS Medieval Bake-off returned to the King’s Manor

Publication News! The Wall Paintings of Pickering Church

Monday 14 November 2022

Dr Kate Giles has just published a new book on the medieval wall paintings of Pickering Church.

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