New Book by John Haines

Congratulations John Haines for the publication of his book “The Notory Art of Shorthand (Ars notoria notarie)”.

“The Notory Art of Shorthand (Ars notoria notarie), an important yet understudied late medieval work, is newly edited here and presented for the first time in English translation along with an introduction and commentary. This unique treatise on shorthand writing is a hybrid of literary genres that sheds much light on late medieval scribal culture. Following in a medieval tradition of works such as the Secret of Secrets, the innovative Ars notoria notarie points forward to early modern hermetic writers such as Agrippa of NetteshUntitledeim and John Dee, the latter having owned one of the three manuscripts of the work. The Ars notoria notarie relates to disciplines ranging from paleography to magic. It has multiple identities: a unique branch of one of the most popular magic treatises of the Middle Ages, the Ars notoria; a rare report on medieval paleography and the notarial trade; an exposé of a unique medieval cipher based on the famous Tironian notes; an eclectic university text bringing together authorities from Pliny and Aristotle to Donatus and Bede; a remarkable source for the liturgy of Thomas Becket; and, finally, a distinctive contribution to the epistolary genre known as the mirror for princes.”

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New Book Edited by Ann Dooley and Sarah Sheehan

Congratulations to editors, Ann Dooley and Sarah Sheehan on the publication of Constructing Gender in Medieval Ireland.
Constructing Gender in Medieval Ireland
“Medieval Irish texts reveal distinctive and unexpected constructions of gender. Constructing Gender in Medieval Ireland illuminates these ideas through its fresh and provocative re-readings of a wide range of texts, including saga, romance, legal texts, Fenian narrative, hagiography, and ecclesiastical verse. This ground-breaking collection presents new research by emerging and established scholars, who explore a variety of perspectives on sexual difference in medieval Irish culture. The contributors examine the intersections of gender with narrative, visuality, law, speech acts, transgression, and performance – painting a compelling picture of the many ways in which authors and audiences conceptualized gender in medieval Ireland.”
For more information see the publisher’s website.

Dr. Thomas Lentes Lecture: March 14, 2014

The Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures invites you to a lecture by

Dr. Thomas Lentes
(Universität Münster)
“Constructing Sacred Spaces: Medieval Rituals of Church Dedication”

Friday, 14 March 2014
2 PM
Jackman Humanities Building, Room 100, 170 St. George Street


Professor Dr. Thomas Lentes teaches medieval history and medieval and modern church history at the University of Münster. His research focuses on signs—religious (Eucharistic images, indulgence images) and profane (banners)— and their materiality and mediality in the context of religious and social practices. He has extensively published on the role of the image and imagination in medieval liturgy and prayer, and the medial presence of the sacred. Among his publications are: The Saints’ Garments: The Relation between Prayer, Image, and Imagination (1993), Prayerbooks and Gesture: Religious Expression in Prayerbooks from the Dominican Monastery St. Nikolaus in undis in Strasbourg 1350-1500 (1996), “As far as the eye can see…”: Rituals of Gazing in the Late Middle Ages (2006), Event and Representation: the Relation between Liturgy and Image in the Middle Ages (2010). Thomas Lentes is also the head of the research team “Cult Image: Cultural History and Theology of the Image in the Middle Ages”at the University of Münster.

We gratefully acknowledge the generous support by the Jackman Humanities Institute and the Centre for Medieval Studies.

If you have any accommodation needs, please e-mail <> five business days prior to the event, and we will do our best to assist you.


Everyone is welcome and admission is free.