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News and Events

The Centre for Medieval Studies runs a seminar series each term, inviting guest speakers to present as well as Exeter academics, and giving our postgraduates the opportunity to showcase some of their research too. We occasionally hold larger events such as conferences and symposia. The latest news about our projects and activities can also be found in this section.


See our Blog here for News from the Centre for Medieval Studies.

Research Seminars

Listed below are the forthcoming seminars in the Centre for Medieval Studies. You may also download a printable version here: CMS Term 1 Research Seminar 2022

The Barton and Orme Lectures are public talks. If you would like to attend any of the other seminars and are not on the Centre for Medieval Studies mailing list, please contact Catherine Rider ( and Gregory Lippiatt (

Other Seminars and Events

If you have details of any other relevant seminars that you wish to be displayed on this page, please e-mail the Medieval Research Seminar convenors Catherine Rider ( and Gregory Lippiatt (

Conferences, Workshops, Symposia and Events

The Centre for Medieval Studies holds occasional conferences, workshops and symposia for the dissemination of research. These events give academics and postgraduates a chance to share their research expertise, and to benefit from the expertise of others.

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29 March 2023

Henry VIII and the Religious Orders (Martin Heale, University of Liverpool) - Nicholas Orme Lecture in Medieval Studies

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Past events

The Fifteenth Century Conference 2019
‘The International Courtly Literature Society’s XVIth Triennial Congress, 22-27 July 2019

Includes Jeffrey Bowman, Robert Portass and Graham Barrett
2:00pm - 5:00pm, Thursday 6th June 2013
Amory Building, Room 219

Schedule of Papers

2.00pm     Prof. Jeff Bowman (Kenyon College) ‘Lordship and Gender in Medieval Catalonia'

2.20     Dr Jonathan Jarrett (University of Oxford) ‘Per multa curricula ex parte destructa: membership of a Church community in Catalonia c.1000'

2.40     Discussion

3.00     Dr Robert Portass (University of Oxford) 'Doing business: was there a land market in tenth-century Galicia?'

3.20     Teresa Tinsley (University of Exeter) 'Hernando de Baeza and the end of multicultural Iberia'

3.40     Tea and discussion

4.00     Graham Barrett (University of Oxford) 'Beyond the Mozarabic migration: frontier society in early medieval Spain'

4.20     Prof. Simon Barton (University of Exeter) 'The Image of Aristocracy in Christian Iberia, c.1000-c.1300: towards a new history'

4.40     Concluding discussion

10:00am, Thu 9th July - Sat 12th September 2009
Streatham Campus

'Accipe et Devora': Packaging, Presentation and Consumption of Manuscripts and Printed Books, 1350-1550

The Eleventh Biennial EBS conference, hosted by Emma Cayley, Department of French, Centre for Medieval Studies, University of Exeter, will be held at Reed Hall, University of Exeter from July 9 to July 12, 2009, with a choice of optional trips to Tintagel or Glastonbury scheduled for July 13. Please consult the EBS website for further information about booking these optional trips (

Plenary Speakers:

  • Prof. Linne Mooney, University of York, UK
  • Dr Yolanda Plumley, University of Exeter, UK
  • Prof. Barbara Shailor, Yale University, US
  • Prof. Toshiyuki Takamiya, Keio University, Japan

Papers consider aspects of the history of manuscripts and printed books from 1350-1550, including the copying and circulation of models and exemplars, style, illustration, and/or the influence of readers and patrons, artists, scribes, printers. Our particular focus is the ‘packaging' of medieval manuscripts and early printed books, that is, the separate tasks of putting late medieval and early modern texts together (writing, abstracting, editing, correcting, illustrating, printing, and/or binding) or the repackaging of older texts for contemporary audiences. The term ‘consumption' is frequently used in the context of luxury manuscripts or printed books produced for wealthy owners and may be read metaphorically to apply to a range of texts or to one text (though there may also be papers on literal consumption, bibliophagia, or consumption by time, worms, fire, censors).

Other papers address the transition from script to print, bibliographic issues, and the movement between French and English texts (or vice versa) and audiences. A section for ten minute papers describing recent discoveries, bibliographic notes or manuscript and rare book collections is also scheduled.

11th Early Book Society Conference programme