Medieval Studies Summer School

MED 2014 v1

3 – 16 August 2014
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

To apply for this programme, first select the courses you wish to study from the list below.

Please download an application form and submit by fax or post. Online booking is now closed.

For more information about other Summer School programmes please visit:

The academic programme

  • Four special subject courses (two for each week)
  • Plenary course KN0:
    Education and Learning
  • 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. Participants may opt to take, in addition, medieval palaeography sessions on two afternoons.

Week 1 (3 – 9 August)

Group Ka: 11.00am – 12.30pm

Ka1 The Devil's Brood: the Angevins and their rivals, 1158-1224
Ka2 Power and persuasion: the evolution of the medieval English parliament
Ka3 Pigments - hidden sources of power in medieval paintings
Ka4 Richard III

Group Na: 2.00pm – 3.30pm

Na1 The Devil's Brood: the Angevins and their rivals, 1158-1224
Na2 Healing and health in late medieval England, 1300-1500
Na3 The Anglo-Saxon riddle tradition
Na4 Wool and cloth for wine, iron, and oranges: England’s international trade in the late middle ages

Week 2 (10 – 16 August)

Group Kb: 11.00am – 12.30pm

Kb1 Henry V, Joan of Arc and the end of the Hundred Years’ War
Kb2 Medieval architecture in Cambridge
Kb3 Conquest and rebellion in Scotland and Wales
Kb4 The medieval knight

Group Nb: 2.00pm – 3.30pm

Nb1 Henry V, Joan of Arc and the end of the Hundred Years’ War
Nb2 From bondage to freedom: serfdom in England, 1100-c.1500
Nb3 Celtic, Pictish and Anglo-Saxon visual culture, c.550-850
Nb4 Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

Plenary lectures

All participants attend the series of plenary lectures focusing on Education and Learning, lectures are given by recognised experts, subjects will include universities, schools, reading, writing, theology, astronomy and apprenticeships. These lectures 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.

Click here to see the options available.

Pre-enrolment information

Booking terms and conditions


2014 brochure as a PDF (5.31MB)
Application form as a PDF (113KB)

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.