United Kingdom, Cambridge

Medieval Studies Summer Programme

when 4 August 2019 - 17 August 2019
language English
duration 2 weeks

This programme offers an unparalleled opportunity to learn from some of the finest British medievalists. Courses are offered in defined topics which encompass art, architecture, history, literature, religion, trade and health.

The academic programme
• Four courses (two per week)
• Series of plenary lecture: Ambition and Aspiration
• Evening talks
• Contact hours: up to 53 hours

Programme description
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 programme is challenging and is predicated on doing advance reading. It attracts current undergraduate and graduate students, and college and university teachers, however the interdisciplinary nature of the programme will appeal to anyone with an interest in medieval studies. Courses are led by subject specialists from the University and other British universities.

"An extraordinary diversity of courses and wealth of knowledge offered by leading medievalists: this programme is unbeatable!" Dr Rowena E Archer FRHistS, Programme Director, Medieval Studies Summer Programme


You choose one morning and one afternoon course per week, each has five sessions. The maximum class size is 25 participants. You can write one essay per course for evaluation.

Week 1 (4 – 10 August)
11.00am – 12.30pm
Ka1 - William Marshal: England's most worthy knight
Ka2 - Monks, madmen and mystics: the English Church from 1000-1500
Ka3 - Making medieval art
Ka4 - Great households in medieval England, 1250-1500

2.00pm – 3.30pm
Na1 - The flowering of the Middle Ages: Europe, 1300-1500
Na2 - Eleanor of Aquitaine and women of the 12th century
Na3 - Outlaws, gangs and rebels: crime and punishment in late medieval England, 1300-1500
Na4 - Monks, manuscripts and machines: the medieval sciences

Week 2 (11 – 17 August)
11.00am – 12.30pm
Kb1 - France: the making of a kingdom, 987-1328
Kb2 - Northern lights: medieval construction in Scandinavia and the Baltic
Kb3 - Political subversion in the reign of Edward II
Kb4 - The Black Prince and the Hundred Years' War

2.00pm – 3.30pm
Nb1 - France: the making of a kingdom, 987-1328
Nb2 - The medieval English hospital
Nb3 - Terror, murder and bloodshed: the culture of Italy during the Renaissance, c.1400-1503
Nb4 - The Black Death

Plenary lectures
Medieval Society was deeply hierarchical and carefully ordered.This was a world in which people knew their proper place and accepted it. Yet social mobility was common and there was room for careers and advancement in all spheres. The plenary lectures are given by recognised experts who will explore the different ways in which people could enhance their status and standing through marriage, the professions, royal service and war.

Evening talks
Eminent speakers will present a variety of general interest talks. These are shared with students on our other programmes.

Course leader

Dr Rowena E Archer

Target group

We welcome applications from all adult learners including university students, professionals and those with other experience who have an interest in the subject, regardless of educational background.

Credits info

The University of Cambridge does not use a credit system for the awarding of its internal degrees, and cannot award credit directly for its International Summer Programmes. Students wishing to obtain credit as a result of our evaluation should consult their own institutions in advance about the acceptability of the Summer Programme evaluation for credit purposes.

Fee info

GBP 0: See official website