Catherine Conybeare Lecture: Nov 14

The Centre for Medieval Studies cordially invites you to a lecture by 2014 John Bennett distinguished visiting scholar,

Catherine Conybeare
Professor of Classics, Bryn Mawr College

“An Eccentric Approach to Augustine of Hippo”

Friday, 14 November, 4:10 p.m.
Alumni Hall 400
121 St. Joseph St

How might Augustine’s anomalous position as simultaneously a triumphant example of imperial education and a defiantly loyal North African affect the structure of his thought and his view of the world?

Reception to follow


New Book by Jesse Billett


Jesse Billett New bookCongratulations to Jesse Billett on the recent publication of his book, The Divine Office in Anglo-Saxon England, 597-c.1000

“At the heart of life in any medieval Christian religious community was the communal recitation of the daily “hours of prayer” or Divine Office. This book draws on narrative, conciliar, and manuscript sources to reconstruct the history of how the Divine Office was sung in Anglo-Saxon minster churches from the coming of the first Roman missionaries in 597 to the height of the “monastic revival” in the tenth century.
Going beyond both the hagiographic “Benedictine” assumptions of older scholarship and the cautious agnosticism of more recent historians of Anglo-Saxon Christianity, the author demonstrates that the early Anglo-Saxon Church followed a non-Benedictine “Roman” monastic liturgical tradition. Despite Viking depredations and native laxity, this tradition survived, enriched through contact with varied Continental liturgies, into the tenth century. Only then did a few advanced monastic reformers conclude, based on their study of ninth-century Frankish reforms fully explained for the first time in this book, that English monks and nuns ought to follow the liturgical prescriptions of the Rule of St Benedict to the letter. Fragmentary manuscript survivals reveal how monastic leaders such as Dunstan and Æthelwold variously adapted the native English liturgical tradition – or replaced it – to implement this forgotten central plank of the “Benedictine Reform””


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2014-15 J.R. O’Donnell Memorial Lecture in Medieval Studies: Nov 21

CMS cordially invites you to the 2014-15 J.R. O’Donnell Memorial lecture in Medieval studies, by

Professor Catherine Conybeare
Department of Classics, Bryn Mawr College

“Augustine the African”

Friday, 21 November 2014
4:10 p.m.
Great Hall, Room Room 312
Centre for Medieval Studies
125 Queen’s Park
Toronto, Ontario

The notion of a distinctively African Latin, “africitas”, which was first suggested in the sixteenth century by Vives and then elaborated by scholars throughout the twentieth century, has recently been emphatically laid to rest by J. N. Adams. So without resorting to clichés about “africitas”, can we detect other, subtle ways in which Augustine engaged his congregations and interlocutors to invoke a common African heritage?

Reception to follow

This lecture series is free and open to the public. If you have an accessibility or accommodation need for this event, please contact the Centre for Medieval Studies 416 978 4884

Jointly sponsored by: The Centre for Medieval Studies, Centre for Comparative Literature, Centre for the Study of Religion, Department of Classics, Department Philosophy, Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies and the Journal of Medieval Latin

Roger E. Reynolds (1936–2014) – in memoriam


It is with sadness that the Council of the Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies reports the passing of Roger E. Reynolds, Senior Fellow Emeritus of the Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies, on 24 September 2014. Professor Reynolds (A.B., Harvard; J.D., Chicago; Ph.D., Harvard) taught liturgy at Carleton University in Ottawa before coming to the Institute in January 1977 as a Visiting Fellow in liturgy. He was elected Senior Fellow of the Institute in March of that year and taught in the fields of liturgy, law, and history in the graduate programmes of the Institute and the Centre for Medieval Studies at the University of Toronto, serving terms as academic secretary in both the Centre and the Institute. Professor Reynolds also served as a supervisor in the Institute’s postdoctoral L.M.S. programme, and in the dozen years since his retirement in 2002 he has continued to serve as an advisor and participant in the academic programme and as an editor of Monumenta Liturgica Beneventana, the major research programme he set up at the Institute in 1988 with Professors Virginia Brown (†2009) and Richard Gyug, with grants from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.

During his many years of service teaching and supervising and his administrative work at the Institute, his individual research and group research projects resulted in an extensive list of publications, many of which are listed at the end of the collection of studies presented to him in 2004 by his former students and other colleagues, Ritual, Text, and Law, ed. Kathleen G. Cushing and Richard F. Gyug (Ashgate). Through his research, teaching, and election to the boards of dozens of leading academic societies and publications, as well as his work bringing his scholarly interests to the attention of the wider community, he has made a lasting contribution to scholarship and will be remembered with gratitude by his many colleagues throughout the world.


Third Annual CMS Alumni Lecture: 23 Oct 2014

The Centre for Medieval Studies cordially invites you to a lecture by CMS alumnus

Thomas E. Burman (CMS PHD 1991)
Professor of History, University of Tennessee

“Ramon Marti and the Trinity: Muslims, Jews, and the Limits of Dominican Mission”


Thursday, 23 October 2014, 4:10 p.m.
Room 310
Centre for Medieval Studies
Lillian Massey Building
125 Queen’s Park


Reception to follow

New Drafting Editors at the Dictionary of Old English

CMS is very glad to announce that two new assistant professors have been hired as Drafting Editors at the Dictionary of Old English – Robert Getz and Stephen Pelle. Both Rob and Steve will join the DOE team as of 1 July, working with the new Cameron Professor of Old English, Roy Liuzza. They bring to the job a deep knowledge of Old English language and literature, along with the training in medieval Latin and Germanic vernacular languages that CMS is known for: Rob Getz earned his PhD from Toronto in 2008, and Stephen Pelle in 2012, both working under the supervision of Andy Orchard. Rob and Stephen have a good working knowledge of the DOE, having served as Research Assistants there during their doctoral years at CMS under the supervision of Toni Healey. Finally, both have strong ties to the Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies, where Rob earned his LMS in 2012, and where Stephen is currently completing his LMS. Please welcome them as they participate in the renewal and strengthening of Old English studies at Toronto for the next generation!

CMS well represented at the 49th International Congress on Medieval Studies

The Centre for Medieval Studies will be represented by twenty-nine speakers at the 49th International Congress on Medieval Studies in Kalamazoo (May 8-11, 2014). The speakers are:

  • Susannah Brower: Baudri of Bourgueil and Loire Valley Ovidianism
  • Peter Johnsson: A monk in the king, a cloister in the court”: Examining Aelred of Rievaulx’s Notions of Affect in His Work on the Lives of Kings
  • Sean M. Winslow: The Gospels of Ǝnda Abba Gärima and the Contexts of Early Christian Manuscript Production in Ethiopia
  • Amanda Wetmore: Interruptum est opus: Queering Loss in Aelred’s Speculum caritatis
  • Adam Giancola: Appel Comme D’Abus: Tracing Its Origins in the Medieval Canon Law
  • Daniel Price: Fitting a Square Saint into a Round Vita: Eugippius and the Writing of the Sixth-Century Vita Severini
  • Caroline Smith: “You will receive so many stab wounds here”: The Role of the Cathedral Chapter in the 1331 Girona Holy Week Riot
  • Christopher Berard: When the Sword Is Mightier than the Pen: The Role of Caliburn in the Marriage Alliance of Richard I of England and Tancred of Sicily
  • John A. Geck: The Hagiographical Vita Amici et Amelii and the Exemplary Romance Amis and Amiloun
  • Annika Ekman: Textual Relationships between the Scholastic Psalms Commentaries of the Early Twelfth Century
  • Lochin Brouillard: The Obazine Experiment: Women, Children, and Their Father in the Vita sancti Stephani Obazinensis
  • Daniel Jamison: Nuisance and Necessity: Supervising the Leather Industry in Late Medieval Lucca
  • Jill Caskey: Gifts for Saint Nick: Charles II and San Nicola in Bari
  • Fabienne Michelet: The Old English Juliana and the Economy of Debt
  • John Haines: The Musical Hand of Knowledge
  • Tomas Flecker: Christian Typology and Medieval Bestiaries
  • Matthew Sergi: Amateurs and Compensation in Medieval Performance and Revival
  • Jill Ross: Language, Translation, and Conversion among Jews in the Crown of Aragon in the Early Fifteenth Century
  • Bridget Riley: “Sanctum Ythamarum huc dirige”: The Cult of Saint Ithamar and the Search for Identity
  • Chris Piuma: Seeing Spaces
  • Morris Tichenor: “Versus non ratione cognitus”: Ciceronian Distinctions between Poetry and Prose in Medieval Rhetoric
  • Peter Buchanan: Given by the Flesh: The Subjectivity of the Medieval Book
  • Suzanne Conklin Akbari: Imagining Medieval Futures
  • Colleen Butler: Female Homoeroticism in Hrotsvit of Gandersheim and Elizabeth of Schönau
  • Emily Blakelock: Loving Men Then and Now: Reading Juvenal in the Twelfth-Century Classroom
  • Kyla Turner: Whose Law Is It Anyway? Authority over Work in Post-Pestilence England
  • Christopher Liebtag Miller: Feeling Generous: The Perils of Giving and the Necessities of Taking in Middle High German Epic
  • Noelle Phillips: King and Country: MS Royal 18.D.ii and the Percys’ Royal Anxieties
  • Chris Piuma: How to Read Fake Hebrew: The Serra Altarpieces

Other CMS students and faculty are involved in workshops, round-table discussions, and as organizers & presiders: Alla Babushkina, Antonette diPaolo Healey, David N. Klausner, Joseph Goering, Robert A. Taylor, Elizabeth Watkins, Alexandra Johnston, David Townsend.

Ancient Abbeys of Brittany Project Colloquium: May 1-2, 2014

Cistercians and Canons Regular in Medieval Brittany, Normandy, England and Wales

Thursday May 1, 2014

8:30-9:00 am: Light Breakfast

9:00-9:15 am: Welcome and Introduction
Christian Marjollet, Master of New College, Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies, York University

9:15-10:15 am: Keynote: “The Cistercians in Wales and on the Welsh Border: a reappraisal.
Janet Burton, Trinity Saint David, University of Wales

10:15-10:45 am: Break

10:45-12:15 pm: Session 1: “Cistercian Saints”
Ann Hutchison, Glendon College, York University and Pontifical Institute of Medieval Studies, Chair
Emilia Jamroziak, University of Leeds, “The cult of saints in medieval Cistercian English houses: a forgotten phenomenon?”
Ralf Lützelchwab, Freie Universität, Berlin, “Vos de coelis originem ducitis – Aelred of Rievaulx as preacher on synods.”
Ronald Greenwald, University of Liverpool, “Aelred of Rievaulx, Cistercian Investigator.”

12:15-1:30 pm: Lunch

1:30-2:45 pm: Session 2: “Cistercian Architecture I”
Candice Bogdanski, York University, Chair
Christian Forster, Geisteswissenschaftliches Zentrum Geschichte und Kultur Ostmitteleuropas, Leipzig, “Walkenried and Magdeburg: Burgundian Gothic as the appropriate style.”
Jean-Baptiste Vincent, CRAHAM, GRHIS, Université de Rouen, “Les cisterciens en Normandie : un juste équilibre entre milieu et architecture.”

2:45-3:15 pm: Break

3:15-4:30 pm: Session 2 Continued: “Cistercian Architecture II”
Candice Bogdanski, York University, Chair
Gerrit Vermeer, University of Amsterdam, “The Cistercians in Friesland: The First Use of Brick and Gothic Architecture.”
Malcolm Thurlby, York University, “Were Cistercians missionaries of the Gothic in England?”


Friday May 2, 2014
University of Toronto, Jackman Humanities Building, Room 100

8:30-9:00 am: Light breakfast

9:00-9:15 am: Welcome and Introduction
Domenico Pietropaolo, Principal & Vice-President (Academic), University of St Michael’s College

9:15-10:15 am: Keynote: “Chanoines réguliers et Cisterciens ou la réforme de l’Église par le retour aux origines.”
Bernard Ardura, Conseil pontifical des Sciences historiques

10:15-10:45 am: Break

10:45-12:15 pm: Session 3: “Chanoines et Cisterciens dans le Grand Ouest”
Isabelle Cochelin, University of Toronto, Chair
Georges Pon, Université de Poitiers, “Un siècle de vie canoniale en Poitou (1050-1150).”
Cédric Jeanneau, CRBC, Université de Brest, “Les Chanoines réguliers en Bretagne.”
Christophe Mauduit, CRAHAM, Université de Caen, “ L’expansion des Cisterciens et des Chanoines réguliers en Normandie au XIIe siècle.”

12:30-1:30 pm: Lunch

2:00-3:15 pm: Session 4: “Méthodes et Symboles de Communication/ Communications: Means and Symbols.”
Harriet Sonne de Torrens, University of Toronto Mississauga, Chair
Martine Fabre, CRBC, Brest, “Sceaux cisterciens, augustins, prémontrés.Le témoignage des abbayes bretonnes dans l’Ouest européen.”
Michael Hohlstein and Anne Diekjobst, Universität Konstanz, “Communication facilitated: individual and group addresses in late medieval English Cistercian monasteries and nunneries”

3:15-3:30 pm: Closing RemarksPaul Evans and Claude Evans

4:00-6:00 pm: Robarts and PIMS Library Exhibit
“Medieval Brittany” Blackburn Room (RL 4036)



For registration details, updates and a list of sponsors and their websites, please visit the Ancient Abbeys of Brittany Colloquium website.

The Colloquium takes place at York University and the University of Toronto

New Book by Alexander Andrée

Congratulations to Alexander Andrée on the recent publication of his book, an edition of Anselm of Laon’s Glosses on the Gospel of John:

Anselmi Laudunensis Glosae super Iohannem, Corpus Christianorum. Continuatio mediaeualis, 267 (Turnhout, 2014)

The Glosae super Iohannem, here printed for the first time, is a continuously-written commentary on the Gospel of John. Surviving in fourteen manuscripts from medieval France, England, Italy and Germany, the text is critically edited and analyzed as to authorship, composition, sources and later influence. Though mostly anonymously transmitted, through an assessment of external and internal evidence it is possible to restore the Glosae to Anselm of Laon (d. 1117), acclaimed teacher of the sacra pagina at the cathedral school of Laon in the early twelfth century. By substantially reorganizing and rewriting previous commentary material, Anselm crafted a unique compendium of the ‘best’ exegesis on the Gospel of John. Popular in its own right, the Glosae also served as primary source of the immensely popular Glossa, later known as the ‘ordinaria’, on the Fourth Gospel, thus extending even further the influence of its author and his school.

For more information, visit the publisher’s website.



Canada Chaucer Seminar: April 12, 2014

Saturday April 12, 2014
Centre for Medieval Studies
Lillian Massey Building, 3rd Floor, Room 312
125 Queen’s Park, Toronto

No Registration Fee

8:30-9:00       Registration / Coffee, Tea and Muffins

9:00-10:00      Session 1
Welcome: William Robins
Chair: TBD
Helen Cooper (Cambridge): “Not Swerving from Decorum: Chaucer’s Practice of Theory”

10:00-10:15     Coffee and Tea

10:15-11:45     Session 2
Chair: TBD
Frederick M. Biggs (Connecticut): “The Confessio Amantis and Other Sources for the Canon’s Yeoman’s Tale”
Robert Meyer-Lee (Indiana): “What Hoccleve’s Series Tells Us about the Canterbury Tales”
Noelle Phillips (Toronto): “Lydgate’s Verses on the Kings of England and the Social Function of Fifteenth-Century Literary Historiography”

11:45-12:00     Coffee and Tea

12:00-1:00      Session 3
Chair: TBD
Melissa Furrow (Dalhousie): “Philippa of Hainault as English Spectacle”
Lynn Arner (Brock): “Chaucer and Film in Pre-WWII America”

1:00-2:30       Break for Lunch
We will provide participants with suggestions for nearby restaurants and cafés

2:30-4:15       Session 4
Chair: TBD
Kathleen Cawsey (Dalhousie): “Ice Letters, Checkerboard Voices, Broken Wind: The Look of Words in Chaucer’s House of Fame.”
Elizaveta Strakov (Penn): “Sufficient English: Engaging with the French in the Squire’s Tale and the Prologue to the Legend of Good Women”
Fiona Somerset (Connecticut): “Trouble with Consent: Chaucer’s Clerk’s Tale”

4:15-4:30       Coffee and Tea

4:30-5:30       Session 5
Chair: TBD
Warren Ginsberg (Oregon): “The Dancer and the Dance: Tellers, Tales, and Translation in the Canterbury Tales”

5:30 Reception


Please direct questions to