Workshops with Professor Irina Dumitrescu, University of Bonn

Registration is now open for Professor Irina Dumitrescu’s workshops:

Charisma and the Saints
Tuesday, 11 February at 10:00 a.m.

What can contemporary celebrity and theatre studies reveal about the rhetoric of medieval hagiography? With the Old English Life of St Mary of Egypt as our main object, we will ask what lends saints and their stories enduring fascination and discuss how competing theories of charisma illuminate medieval narratives.

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Public Writing for Beginners
Tuesday, 25 February at 10:00 a.m.

In this informal workshop we will discuss the opportunities and pitfalls of public writing for the scholar. We will cover nitty-gritty questions such as how to find outlets, write a pitch, and compose for a larger audience. We may also discuss larger issues such as the relationship of research to public writing and issues to look out for.

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Classroom Performance
Tuesday, 10 March at 10:00 a.m.

In this workshop we will consider Ælfric Bata’s early medieval classroom dialogues as performance texts, asking how they might have been used in context, what they taught (linguistically, ethically, socially), and what they might tell us about performance “before” theatre.

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These workshops are open to CMS students and to graduate students in other departments. Space is limited. To register, please send an email to indicating your department, area of study, and interest in the workshop.

Congratulations to E. Brilli on the publication of her new book


J. Bartuschat, E. Brilli, D. Carron (eds), Agostino, agostiniani e agostinismi nel Trecento italiano

Publisher: Longo Angelo
Series: Memoria del tempo
Date: December 2019
EAN: 9788893500272
ISBN: 8893500272

This collection of essays examines various aspects of Augustine’s legacy in the Italian Trecento. By discussing historiographical “Augustinianisms,” the contributions focus on the influence of Augustine, either direct and indirect, and via the cultural politics of the OESA. The transition from Late Medieval receptions of Augustine to Renaissance ones constitutes a transversal topic of inquiry. The essays explore various case studies represented by Gregory of Rimini (P. Bermon), Gilles of Rome (F. Papi), Simone Fidati da Cascia (X. Biron-Ouellet), Petrarch (E. Fenzi, L. Marcozzi, E.L. Saak), Roberto de’ Bardi (E.L. Saak), the iconographical propaganda of the OESA (G. Pittiglio), Coluccio Salutati (L. Baggioni), the commentary on Dante’s Commedia by the so-called Falso Boccaccio (A. Martignoni), Luigi Marsili and the unknown Florentine translator of the City of God (E. Brilli and L. Tanzini). The richness of this collection stems from its multi-disciplinary approach as well as from the number of documents here edited for the first time.

J. Bartuschat, E. Brilli, D. Carron, Introduzione

P. Bermon, Cinq tables inédites sur des livres de Saint Augustin attribuées à Grégoire de Rimini

F. Papi, A Non-Augustinian Treatise by an Augustinian Master: Giles of Rome’s De Regimine Principum and its Vernacular Reception

X. Biron-Oullet, Simone Fidati da Cascia’s Spiritual Direction in Fourteenth-Century Italy

E. Fenzi, Alle soglie del mondo moderno, in cerca della felicità: il fondamento agostiniano dell’individualismo petrarchesco

L. Marcozzi, Sulla presenza di Agostino nei Fragmenta di Petrarca: bilanci e prospettive

E.L. Saak, Augustine and Augustinianisms in the Fourteenth Century: The Cases of Petrarch and Robert de Bardis

G. Pittiglio, Invenzioni, “furti” e modulazioni iconografiche nella propaganda eremitana: l’Allegoria di Agostino Maestro di Sapienza (Madrid, BNE, Ms. 197)

L. Baggioni, Salutati et Augustin: le citoyen dans l’histoire

A. Martignoni, «Quatuordeci valentissimi homini romani». Una riscrittura di Agostino nel prologo al Paradiso del commento del Falso Boccaccio (Ms. BNCF II I 47, cc. 184r-189v)

E. Brilli, L. Tanzini, Commentare e volgarizzare il De civitate Dei a Firenze all’alba dello Scisma

Congratulations to Andrew Dunning (CMS 2016), R.W. Hunt Curator of Medieval Manuscripts


Andrew Dunning has been appointed to the prestigious position of R.W. Hunt Curator of Medieval Manuscripts at the University of Oxford’s Bodleian Library. This post is named for Richard Hunt, Keeper of Western Manuscripts at the Bodleian from 1945 to 1975. Andrew is one of a small team of curators of medieval manuscripts, sharing responsibility for collection items from across Europe and the Byzantine Empire.

Andrew’s research uses evidence for collaboration in manuscripts to reconstruct the relationships between textual communities of the twelfth and thirteenth centuries – producing prose analysis, digital resources, and new editions and translations of source texts. His forthcoming book Two Priors and a Princess: St Frideswide in Twelfth-Century Oxford, in collaboration with Benedicta Ward, reinterprets manuscripts made at St Frideswide’s Priory (now Christ Church) and shows how everyday people in medieval Oxford coped with physical and mental illness.

He writes, ‘By caring for both collections and people, we are ensuring that Oxford’s manuscripts will be here for generations to come, and that future readers will take interest in them. To read a medieval book, one must empathize with someone quite different from oneself – we all need to develop that skill. At a time when we are facing change and loss, preserving cultural heritage is crucial to human resilience. Manuscripts are for everyone.’

Joe Goering, with Alexandra Gillespie and Alexander Andrée, supervised Andrew’s dissertation at the Centre for Medieval Studies, ‘Alexander Neckam’s Manuscripts and the Augustinian Canons of Oxford and Cirencester’. Andrew also completed the Collaborative Program in Editing Medieval Texts, publishing Samuel Presbiter: Notes from the School of William de Montibus (Toronto, 2016). He graduated in 2016 while an RBC Foundation Fellow at the Centre for the Study of the Book in Oxford.

For 2016–17, Andrew was Curator of Medieval Historical Manuscripts (1100–1500) at the British Library, contributing to digitization, exhibitions, research, public outreach, and compliance with cultural heritage legislation. He was subsequently a Mellon Fellow at the Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies in 2017–18, where he worked with James Carley and taught for the University of St Michael’s College. He was awarded a SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellowship in 2017 to work at the University of Cambridge with Teresa Webber, and was Munby Fellow in Bibliography at Cambridge University Library for 2019–20.