These include an annual 'themed' programme of visiting speakers; a summer symposium, and a special series of public lectures on medieval art and architecture with guided visits to sites of special interest.

Summer SymposiumGCMS Summer symposium 2

Please join us at our Summer Symposium on the theme of 'Emotion and Devotion in Medieval Europe'.

Thursday 21 June 2018, 09:00-18:00
Van Emden Lecture Theatre and G27L, Edith Morley, Whiteknights campus


This symposium will explore the growing area of research into the study of male and female medieval lay piety, and is being run by the Graduate Centre for Medieval Studies in collaboration with the University of Reading History Department Research Cluster 'Emotion, Devotion and Belief'.

Speakers include: Miri Rubin (Queen Mary University of London), Robert Swanson (University of Birmingham), Katherine Lewis (University of Huddersfield), Amanda Murphy (Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Milan), Sarah Bastow (University of Huddersfield), Sarah Macmillan (University of Birmingham), Rebecca Rist (University of Reading), Paul Davies (University of Reading) and Helen Parish (University of Reading).

Additional information:

Tea, coffee and lunch will be provided.

Everyone is welcome.

Registration cost is £10, book your place here.


Programme of Visiting Speakers

Autumn 2017

5th October Joanna Laynesmith (University of Reading) 'Cecily duchess of York and the Practice of Good Ladyship' and Booklaunch.

19th October Anna Abulafia (University of Oxford) 'Gratian and the Jews'.

2nd November Helen Cooper (University of Cambridge) 'Passionate, eloquent and determined: A new look at medieval heroines'.

16th November Simon Parsons (Royal Holloway, University of London) 'Procession, Siege and Flying Heads: The Image of the First Crusade'.

23rd November Claire Taylor (University of Nottingham) 'Poverty heresies in southern France, c.1000-c.1250 CE'.

Spring 2018

18 January Sethina Watson (University of York) 'Hospitals and the Law: the problem of charities for a church in the world'

1 February Elizabeth van Houts (University of Cambridge) 'Marriage and Consent in the Middle Ages (1000-1200)'.

15 February Phillipa Hardman (University of Reading) and Marianne Ailes (University of Bristol), 'The Legend of Charlemagne in Medieval England' and Book Launch.

1 March Susan Edgington (Queen Mary, University of London) 'Guido of Vigevano's Rules of Health for an Old Man Going on Crusade'.

15 March Victoria Flood (University of Birmingham) 'Medieval Political Prophecy and the Limits of National Identity'.


Convenor: Rebecca Rist

See our GCMS - Noticeboard page for more information on events planned for this session.

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