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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.



Spring Term York Medieval Lecture

5.30PM, TBC

Professor Catherine Clarke, Director of the Centre for the History of People, Place and Community at the Institute of Historical Research


Medieval Literatures Research Seminar

5.00PM, To be confirmed

Professor Shirin A. Khanmohamadi (San Franciso State University)

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In Remembrance of Derek Pearsall

Sunday 17 October 2021

We regret to announce the death of Prof. Derek Pearsall, on 14 October 2021, at the age of 90.

York Medieval Press - Call for Book Proposals

Wednesday 11 August 2021

Book proposals are invited for the series Health and Healing in the Middle Ages

Journal Website Launch: Postmedieval

Tuesday 13 July 2021

Congratulations to the editorial team at the journal 'postmedieval' on the launch of their new website.

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