United Kingdom, Cambridge

Medieval Studies

when 6 August 2017 - 19 August 2017
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: Rebellion and Revolt
• Evening talks

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. Its interdisciplinary nature will appeal to anyone with an interest in medieval studies. We welcome those coming from any background but with some knowledge and a genuine interest in the period. Courses are led by recognised experts 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.

Week 1 (6 – 12 August)
11.15am – 12.45pm
Ka1 - The English aristocracy in the Middle Ages: anatomy of an elite
Ka2 - Outlaws, gangs and rebels: crime and punishment in late medieval England, 1300-1500
Ka3 - The transformation of the Roman world, c.300-900
Ka4 - Discovering the medieval world through Chaucer

2.00pm – 3.30pm
Na1 - The flowering of the Middle Ages: Europe, 1300-1500
Na2 - Violence, lechery and lectures: the medieval university
Na3 - The Anglo-Saxons, after Alfred the Great
Na4 - Masterpieces of Old English poetry

Week 2 (13 – 19 August)
11.15am – 12.45pm
Kb1 - The reform and rise of the Papacy, 1000-1215 (This is a double course which can only be taken with Nb1.)
Kb2 - Five English monasteries
Kb3 - Serving the state in 14th-century England
Kb4 - Medieval death and dying

2.00pm – 3.30pm
Nb1 - The reform and rise of the Papacy, 1000-1215 (This is a double course which can only be taken with Kb1.)
Nb2 - The medieval English hospital
Nb3 - The Black Death
Nb4 - Eleanor of Aquitaine

Plenary lectures
Plenary lectures are given by recognised experts. Subjects will include the military revolution; late medieval social revolts; usurpations; subversive literature; and men and women generally behaving badly. These lectures effectively form an additional integrated course, for all participants.

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.

Course aim


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