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Oxford University Medieval Studies Summer Programme, 31 July – 13 August 2016, UK

Publish Date: Oct 19, 2015

Deadline: Jul 18, 2016

Event Dates: from Jul 31, 2016 12:00 to Aug 13, 2016 12:00

Since 1996, the University of Cambridge Medieval Studies programme has offered an unparalleled opportunity for students to work with the finest British medievalists. Course Directors encourage you to develop your own arguments about big historical issues while helping you to understand the complexities of the chosen field.

The academic programme

  • Four special subject courses (two for each week)
  • Plenary course KN0:
    Justice and Law
  • Evening lectures

Special subject courses

Courses are offered in defined topics in art, architecture, history, literature, economics and science. You choose two courses per week, each has five sessions. Courses are led by recognised experts from the University and other British universities.

Week 1:

11.00am – 12.30pm

Ka1 - Romanesque Europe, 1100-50: piety, power and patronage - This course is now full
Ka2 - Wool and cloth for wine, iron, and oranges: England’s international trade in the late middle ages
Ka3 - The medieval book in Britain: makers and users
Ka4 - Richard II: court and country

2.00pm – 3.30pm

Na1 - Romanesque Europe, 1100-50: piety, power and patronage - This course is now full
Na2 - Healing and health in late medieval England, 1300-1500
Na3 - An introduction to Celtic Britain and Ireland
Na4 - The shared story of Beowulf

Week 2:

11.00am – 12.30pm

Kb1 - Women of power and property, c.1200-1500 - This course is now full
Kb2 - Five English cathedrals
Kb3 - Opposing the king in later medieval England
Kb4 - The medieval knight

2.00pm – 3.30pm

Nb1 - The reform and rise of the Papacy, 1000-1215 - This course is now full
Nb2 - From bondage to freedom: serfdom in England, 1100-c.1500
Nb3 - Pigments - hidden sources of power in medieval paintings
Nb4 - Reading medieval letters

Plenary lectures

All participants attend the plenary lecture series given by recognised experts focusing on Justice and Law. Subjects will include: the development of the common law; the importance of Magna Carta; canon law; the exercise of justice and mercy; and lawlessness. These lectures form an additional integrated course spread over the programme.

Evening lectures

Evening lectures extend the Justice and Law theme. Other talks of general interest are shared with participants on concurrent programmes.

Optional afternoon palaeography sessions and UL visit

Participants will be invited to sign up for afternoon palaeography sessions after their N group classes on Tuesday or Thursday of week one, or on Tuesday or Wednesday of week two. Sessions will be led by Professor Michelle Brown, Dr Rosemary Horrox and Dr Philip Morgan. On Wednesday or Thursday afternoon in week one, there is the option of a short visit to the University Library to see some of the legal manuscripts in the UL collection.

A typical day

On each weekday morning you attend a plenary lecture, followed by a class from your Ka or Kb special subject course. In the afternoons you attend a class from your Na or Nb special subject course. Subject specific and joint lectures are offered in the evenings.

College accommodation

Accommodation is available for participants who want to stay in a Cambridge College. Please see the accommodation options available for this programme.

Non-residential attendance is also available if participants prefer to find their own lodgings.

Information for applicants

Who can apply
How to apply


The quickest way to apply is by using our secure online booking system. You can also apply by downloading an application form (pdf) and sending it by post or fax.

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