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.

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 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.

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.

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