Congratulations to our alumni, Greti Dinkova-Bruun, Tristan Major, and Dan Nodes, for their publications

Congratulations to Dan Nodes (PhD ’82), professor of classics in Baylor University, Texas, who has published a new critical edition: Parables on a Roman Comic Stage: Samarites — Comoedia de Samaritano Evangelico (1539) by Petrus Papeus, Together with the Commentary of Alexius Vanegas of Toledo (1542) (Leiden: Brill, 2017).

More detail on the publication can be consulted on the publisher’s website.

Multiple generations of CMS graduates, faculty, and associates have come together to honour the career of Gernot R. Wieland (Ph.D. 1976). This collection of essays was edited by Greti Dinkova-Bruun (Ph.D. 1999) and Tristan Major (Ph.D. 2010)

The essays collected here honour the life-long contribution of Gernot Wieland in the fields of Anglo-Latin and Old English literatures.

Over the span of his career, Gernot R. Wieland has been actively engaged in the contribution and promotion of the study of medieval literature, particularly in Anglo-Latin and Old English. From his early work on glosses in Anglo-Saxon manuscripts, to his later editorial work for The Journal of Medieval Latin, Wieland has provided the field with diverse, diligent, and creative scholarship. The contributors of this volume pay tribute to the significance of Wieland’s teaching and learning in the literature of medieval Europe by presenting him with twelve essays on varied aspects of the subject.

The first section of the volume aims to honour Wieland’s contributions to the study of medieval glossing. It deals with the history of glossing from early medieval Latin literature to late Middle English grammatical texts, as well as the early interpretative history of Walter of Châtillon’s Alexandreis and Geoffrey of Monmouth’s Historia regum Britannie. The following section corresponds with Wieland’s interest in Anglo-Saxon literature, with essays on the bilingual letters of Ælfric of Eynsham, the poetry of Alcuin of York, and the Old English Hexateuch. The second half of the volume, which examines elements of Latin literature from the eleventh to the fourteenth century, is divided into two sections containing essays that well represent Wieland’s diverse philological and literary interests in medieval Latin. The third section of the volume on the texts and contexts of Latin literature presents essays on the books of Abbot Maiolus of Cluny, on scholastic virtues of good teaching, and on Walter Map’s Dissuasio Valerii. The final section on the texts and manuscripts of Latin literature provides editions of and commentaries on a Latin-Greek phrase-book, a treatise on the firmament of Genesis 1:6.

With these contributions, this volume honours the research interests of a great teacher and learner of the Middle Ages: Gernot R. Wieland.

More information can be found on the publisher’s website.

In memoriam: Prof. emeritus and CMS Director Norman Zacour

We are saddened to share the news that Professor Emeritus Norman Zacour has passed away, at the age of 95. He took his MA at Columbia University and completed his PhD at the University of Pennsylvania in 1954. In 1966, he was appointed as a Professor of History at the University of Toronto. Professor Zacour was one of the first faculty members appointed to the Centre for Medieval Studies, and was director of the Centre from 1978-1983. His research focused on social, religious, institutional and intellectual facets of Medieval Europe, and he was the author of several books on the Crusades. Norman was an early adopter of digital technology and his many friends will remember the delight he took in devising elaborate autoexec.bat files for himself and his colleagues to automate computer boot-up tasks.

In 2013, he established the Norman Zacour Graduate Scholarship in Medieval Studies. The scholarship will be awarded to one or more graduate students from the Centre for Medieval Studies based on academic excellence, with preference given to international students.

A memorial event will be held at the Queen’s University, Graduate Club in Kingston, Ontario between 1:00 and 5:00 p.m. on Saturday 24 June 2017. You may send RSVPs and condolences to