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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.



Between Conflict and Cooperation: The Contrasting Image of the Ottoman Turk in Late Medieval Ragusan Sources

5.30PM, Hybrid - Huntingdon room, King's Manor, University of York and Zoom

Prof. dr. Emir Filipović (University of Sarajevo)


Viking Studies Research Group

3.00PM, Zoom

Hannah Burrows (University of Aberdeen)

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Dr Lydia Zeldenrust talks about Mélusine on BBC Radio 3

Monday 24 January 2022

Lydia Zeldenrust, Leverhulme Early Career Fellow, contributed to an episode on Mélusine for ‘Free Thinking’ on BBC Radio 3, presented by Shahidha Bari.

Book Prize Success for Dr Michele Campopiano

Thursday 13 January 2022

Warm congratulations to Michele Campopiano, a Senior Lecturer in the Department of English and Related Literature, who has been awarded the 2021 San Francesco Prize for his recent monograph, Writing the Holy Land: the Franciscans of Mount Zion and the Construction of a Cultural Memory, 1300-1550.

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.

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