One Click to Fisher’s Medieval Manuscripts

Fisher Manuscript Categories

You can now use a single link to access all of the Fisher Rare Book Library’s online medieval manuscripts.

Fisher has also added “medieval manuscripts” as a separate category on their digital collections page, to enhance ease of access.

Please note that the Fisher digital collections as a whole are being overhauled, so the links above may change in the future. Please check their web page for updates.

Updates regarding COVID-19


Our administration office is closed and all the work is done remotely.  You can still leave messages on our main phone (416 978 4884) as our Graduate administrator can listen to them at distance. The best, however, is to reach us all via email or to reach the Interim Director (IC) on her cellphone.

The Summer Latin Program has started and all our Summer Latin courses are being given online. Please contact our graduate administrator for further details.

All our Fall courses will be given online and, for some of them, when possible, also in person. See the program here.

Training for TAships and Course Instructorships can be found on the TATP website.

PIMS Library and UofT Libraries are closedFor news about UofT Libraries, click here. “Curbside” pickup for faculty, students and staff is possible for books housed in Robarts that are not available through the HathiTrust Emergency Temporary Access Service (ETAS). You can make a request using a Get Help button in the catalogue record for a book you would like. If your request is successful, you will be notified by email and can pick the book up at Robarts. The Kelly Library is offering a similar Curbside Pickup Service. When you find an item owned by the Kelly Library and listed in the UofT Library Catalogue, click on the blue “Get Help” button in the lower right corner.  If the item is not available digitally through the HathiTrust Digital Library, you will be able to make a request to borrow the print book or DVD from the Kelly Library. You can find more information on Kelly Curbside Pickup here.

Moreover, for our CMS students: CMS and PIMS collaborate to provide digital access to some of the PIMS resources. Find out more here.

Interlibrary loans will also try to help you for your research; do not hesitate to reach out to themMoreover, many publishing houses and journals made their publications in free access. Check their websites. See also, among other sites, the National Emergency Library and OpenAccess.

Given that there exists far more resources online than the UTCat lets us see, if you need any assistance or have questions, a great person to contact is the liaison librarian for your discipline: No-one is specifically in charge of medieval studies but Graham Bradshaw would be happy to help. If he cannot help you himself, he will find another librarian whom to contact. Dr Greti Dinkova-Bruun (PIMS library) and Richard Carter (Kelly Library) would also be happy to be of help.

PhD defences, Special Field Exams, and Annual Committee meetings

For the time being, all will be done online, and not in-person. Students are responsible for organizing the SFE and their annual committee meetings. Contact the graduate administrator if you have any question.

September Latin exams: regarding their format, please read the attached memo. Concerning the practice exams and the mock exams in preparation for the September Latin exams, please refer to this second memo.

Possible sources of financial help for CMS students

There exists various emergency funds on campus and outside campus for Graduate students:

  1. FAS Graduate Students Emergency Bursary. This Bursary is now  managed via CMS. Fill up this form and send it to Rhonda Marley. The forms will be reviewed on Friday and the results being made known the following Monday.
  2. School of Graduate Studies’ Emergency Grant
  3. School of Graduate Studies’ Emergency Loan programs
  4. Canadian Government: for help from the Government that might be useful to Graduate Students, see this site. Careful: this document is regularly updated. So if its date seems a bit old, go on the website of the FAS Graduate Students Emergency Bursary to check if you can find a more recent version.


. The Student Executive Committee has also created a fund: the Student Executive Committee COVID-19 Relief Fund offers limited funds from the SEC budget to all CMS students (particularly MAs, P5 and unfunded PhDs, international students, and student parents) to help defray emergency expenses, lost income, rent, food, medication, and other costs incurred or exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. Requests can be for as little as 20$. Please email any member of the student executive committee to apply or for more information.


. CMS Executive Office has created a CMS Emergency Fund for PhD students outside of the funded cohort, to help them with the current situationOnly an annual meeting report (with the statement that you are in a “Satisfactory Standing”) and a rationale are required to apply. There is no deadline. Evaluations and payments are done weekly.

Moreover, there exists, at least for this year, CMS awards to support writing and completion for students who will be in P6-P8 this coming September. These awards amount to $4,000 (with one instalment of $2,000 in the Fall and the other one in the Spring). The deadline to apply was June 15.

Finally, whatever group you are in, do not hesitate to contact us.

SSHRC news: here

If you feel distressed in these difficult times, please go to this website:

In addition to the regular University Student Crisis Number (only during office hours: 416-946-7111), OISE has compiled a list of city resources especially for COVID-19 coping, with 24/7 emergency counselling services (the Gerstein crisis centre has been especially recommended):

See as well, for graduate students, the Guide to Working From Home for Graduate/Postdoctoral Researchers and, for their supervisors, the Strategies for Graduate Mentoring and Supervision at a Distance.

See for University’s Employee and Family Assistance Program:

Each step to take in case you are worried regarding COVID-19 (see Self-Assessment by Ontario Public Health)

All employees and students should monitor themselves for COVID-19 symptoms listed in the University’s COVID-19 FAQs

  • If experiencing symptoms, please follow the directives detailed on the Toronto Public Health website including self-isolating, taking the available Self-Assessment and following the recommendations for seeking additional care from their primary care provider, Telehealth or nearest hospital based of their symptoms
  • If one of you (Faculty, student or staff member) is contacted by a Public Health authority with regards to COVID-19, please contact the University’s Occupational Health Nurse at:
  • If any student is sick or self-isolating, please advise your supervisor or the Interim Director and Acting Manager.
  • If any Faculty member or staff is sick or self-isolating, please contact Interim Director with Suzanne and Michael and complete the Employee Absence Self-Declaration form, available in the HR Service Centre and linked below:
  • If advised by Public Health that you are to self-isolate, you must confirm with Public Health that you are clear to resume normal activities prior to returning to work or study.

If you think someone you know might have it

“Remember that privacy is important: If you or someone else in your unit believes or suspects that a member of your unit may have been infected with COVID-19, we are not to share this information with others unless asked to do so by a Public Health Authority.”

Papers to be filled up for faculty who feels flu-like symptoms or is in self isolation

“In order to track COVID-19 related absences as advised by public health, we request that all faculty, staff and librarians who are absent due to flu-like symptoms or are self-isolating complete the Employee Absence Self-Declaration form, available in the HR Service Centre and linked below:


See Website

What if research-related travel needs to be reimbursed?

The tri-council is allowing reimbursement of canceled travel fees. See the website of Research Services regarding Faculty. For students, please contact us, cc-ing at least two persons: graduate administrator, Interim Director, etc.

Here is the website with news from the University and FAQ. For SGS, check School of Graduate Studies information and for HR, HR & Equity COVID-19 page.

Please also refer to Government of Canada travel advisories and Toronto Public Health advisories as this is an evolving situation.

Careful all as there is an increase in internet scams, please read this message.

Congratulations to Talia Zajac (CMS 2017) for her two postdoc fellowships

 Talia Zajac has been offered and has accepted the following prestigious postdoctoral fellowships: a Mellon Fellowship at the Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies for the coming academic year 2020-2021 and a 36-month Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellowship beginning May 2021 in the John Rylands Research Institute, University of Manchester. She will conduct research on “Royal women, cultural exchanges, and Rus’ ecumenical marriages, circa 1000-1250”

Seal by the Rus’–born Duchess Gremislava (or in Polish, Grzymisława, d. 1258), widow of Duke Leszek the White of Kraków (d. 1227), affixed to a charter issued on 12 May 1228, kept in the Archiwum Główne Akt Dawnych / The Central Archives of Historical Records in Warsaw, Zb. dok. perg. 6429, digitized at:

Regarding this seal, Talia wrote “To the best of my knowledge, this is the only extant seal issued by a Rus’-born bride in Latin Christendom in the pre-Mongol period (before 1240/1241). It is also remarkable because it is the earliest Polish seal that depicts a duchess crowned, seated on a throne, and alone, without written or visual reference to the authority of husbands or sons; a strong statement of female authority.”

Congratulations to Elisa Brilli for a recent co-edited publication with Johannes Bartuschat and Delphine Carron

Florence, the celebrated city-republic, dominates the historiography of medieval Italy still today. The birth and growth of the Mendicant Orders paralleled the rise of urban Europe. As attention to medieval cities has increased, so too the history of the Dominican Order has constituted a major field of study, since the Dominicans were at the forefront of the cultural and religious life of Medieval cities. The combination of these two traditions of studies precipitates a particularly fruitful research field: the reciprocal influences and interactions between the activities of Dominican intellectuals and the making of Florentine cultural identity. The essays collected in this volume explore various facets of such an interaction. Without presuming to be exhaustive, these contributions restore the complexity of the relationship between the Dominicans and the city of Florence, as well as the communal society in the broadest sense of the term.

J. Bartuschat, E. Brilli, D. Carron (eds.), The Dominicans and the Making of Florentine Cultural Identity (13th-14th centuries), Florence: FUP, 2020 (Reti Medievali Ebook, 36). Open access: 


Emilio Panella OP, Ouverture: Santa Maria Novella e Firenze: convento e città
Johannes Bartuschat, Elisa Brilli, Delphine Carron, Introduction
Delphine Carron, Iñigo Atucha, Anna Pegoretti, Chronologie de Santa Maria Novella (1291-1319)
Delphine Carron, Influences et interactions entre Santa Maria Novella et la commune de Florence. Une étude de cas: les sermons de Remigio de’ Girolami (1295-1301)
Ruedi Imbach, Une métaphysique thomiste florentine. Notule sur le traité De modis rerum de Remigio de’ Girolami
Blaise Dufal, Nicholas Trevet : le théologien anglais qui parlait à l’oreille des Italiens
Anna Pegoretti, Lo “studium” e la biblioteca di Santa Maria Novella nel Duecento e nei primi anni del Trecento (con una postilla sul Boezio di Trevet)
Cecilia Iannella, Giordano da Pisa e il pubblico. Modelli e comportamenti
Maria Conte, Gli “Ammaestramenti degli Antichi”di Bartolomeo da San Concordio. Prime osservazioni in vista dell’edizione critica
Roberto Lambertini, L’usura tra Santa Croce e Santa Maria Novella: Pietro de Trabibus e Remigio de’ Girolami a confronto
Andrea Tabarroni, Disciplinamento sociale e teologia nei Quodlibeta di Pietro de Trabibus
Sonia Gentili, Poesia e filosofia a Firenze tra Santa Croce e Santa Maria Novella
Thomas Ricklin, L’ordre dominicain dans le ciel du soleil. Dante Alighieri et la « viva giustizia » du Paradiso
Francesco Bruni, Dante, Remigio de’ Girolami, il sistema angioino: teologia e politica

Memo Regarding the CMS Practice and Mock Latin Exams, Summer 2020

Dear Students,

     As promised in the previous memo regarding our options for administering the Centre’s Latin exams in September, we are now providing the information on the practice and mock exams which all students are welcome and encouraged to participate in. Both the practice and mock exams will be offered through U of T’s Quercus platform, accessible with students’ credentials for registered U of T students and via temporary guest access for students who have not yet registered and for external participants. To obtain a Guest ID, please contact Rhonda Marley (

     All incoming and current students who have not yet passed both exams will be added to the course by June 23, along with non-CMS students currently enrolled in summer Latin courses. Other non-CMS students should contact Rhonda Marley to be enrolled, as should any current or incoming students who have not been added by June 23.

     1. Practice Exams

     A new course called “CMS Latin Exams” has been created on Quercus: ( purpose of this practice exams is to give an opportunity to the students to test and familiarize themselves with the technical aspects of writing the exam on Quercus.

     2. Mock Exams

     The mock exams will be set for Monday, July 20, 1 p.m. Eastern/Toronto time. Students who plan to write the mock exam/s need to register by July 15.

     The mock exams will contain 2 passages instead of 4 and would thus be scheduled for 1,5 hours rather than 3, as is the case for the real exams. The mock exams will be timed but not marked, although translations for self-check will be provided. The mock exams will be monitored by a member of the Latin Committee through a video-meeting on Zoom. The purpose of the mock exams is for the students to have an experience as close as possible to the real exam situation in September, and to get acquainted with the hybrid Quercus/Zoom system adopted by CMS for the September exams.

     3. Feedback from the Students

     CMS and the Latin Committee will appreciate the students’ feedback by July 31, so that any potential technical problems could be addressed in timely fashion. Please send your comments to the Chair of the CMS Student Executive Committee Laura Moncion (

For the Latin Committee

Dr. Greti Dinkova-Bruun, Chair

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