Medieval Studies Summer School

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2 – 15 August 2015
Programme Director: Dr Rowena E Archer

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.

Who can apply?

Programmes are open to university students, professionals and those with other life experience; gap-year students preparing for university may also apply (students must be accompanied by a parent/guardian if under 18 when the programme commences). Participants must also meet our language requirements.

How to apply

Applications for 2015 will open in December 2014 when the new programmes go live.

For more information about other Summer School programmes please visit:

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 of Cambridge and other British universities.

Week 1:

11.00am – 12.30pm

Ka1 - Romanesque Europe, 1100-50: piety, power and patronage
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
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
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
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 series of plenary lectures focusing on Justice and Law. These lectures, given by recognised experts, form an additional integrated course spread over the two-week programme and include some practical demonstrations.

Evening lectures

Additional evening lectures extend the range of subjects addressed in class.


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.

Programme fees

Programme fees include tuition, bed, breakfast and evening meals unless otherwise indicated.

Pre-enrolment information

Booking terms and conditions


2014 brochure as a PDF (5.31MB)

Contact us

University of Cambridge
International Programmes
Institute of Continuing Education
Madingley Hall
United Kingdom
CB23 8AQ

Tel: +44 (0) 1223 760850
Fax: +44 (0) 1223 760848


Teaching and assessment is in English. Students for whom English is not their first language should refer to the Competence in the English Language Policy for further guidance.

Printable versions of our brochures are available to download from the Summer Schools brochure download page.