Medieval Studies Summer Programme
31 July – 13 August 2016
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.
More information about the 2016 programme will be available in the coming months. Last year's programme information is listed below.
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.
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
11.00am – 12.30pm
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
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 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.
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
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.
31 July 2016
13 August 2016
18 July 2016
1 week options available
International Summer Programmes
Tuition and accommodation options and fees
Available in December