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.

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Everyone is welcome and admission is free.


Winfried Rudolf Lecture: March 11, 2014

The Centre for Medieval Studies cordially invites you to attend a lecture by:

Winfried Rudolf (University of Göttingen)
Textual Instability in Old English Anonymous Homilies and the Use of Latin in the Vercelli Book

Tuesday, March 11, 2014
4:10 p.m.
Room 301
Lillian Massey Building

Patrick Moran Lecture: March 4, 2014

The Centre for Medieval Studies is pleased to welcome guest lecturer,

 Professor Patrick Moran (McMaster University)

“World building and text building in French Arthurian cycles”

Tuesday March 4, 2014
4:10 p.m.
Centre for Medieval Studies, Room 310
3rd Floor, Lillian Massey Building
125 Queen’s Park, Toronto

Paolo Trovato Lectures: March 13, 2014

The Department of Italian Studies in the University of Toronto is pleased to present two talks by Professor Paolo Trovato (Università di Ferrara):

“Everything you always wanted to know about Lachmann’s Method. A Non-Standard Handbook of Genealogical Textual Criticism in the Age of Post-structuralism, Cladistics and Copy-Text”

Thursday, March, 13th, 2014
:00 pm
Carr Hall 106
St. Michael’s College
121 St. Joseph St
Toronto, Ontario

“The ‘hidden Dante’. Recent studies (2008-2013) on the manuscript tradition and text of the Divina Comedia.”

Thursday, March, 13th, 2014
4:00 pm
Alumni Hall, 400
St. Michael’s College
121 St. Joseph St
Toronto, Ontario

Patricia Sutherland Lecture: Feb 27th, 2014

The University of Trinity College in the University of Toronto
is pleased to present

Dr. Patricia Sutherland

Adjunct Professor, Memorial and Carleton Universities, Canada.
Research Fellow, University of Aberdeen, Scotland.

“Norse / Native Contact in Arctic Canada”


Patrica Sutherland Lecture

Thursday, February 27th, 2014
4:10 pm
Combination Room, Main Building
Trinity College
6 Hoskin Avenue
Toronto, Ontario
Coffee reception to follow.

This lecture is jointly sponsored by Trinity College, the Centre for Medieval Studies, the Pontifical Institute for Mediaeval Studies, the Undergraduate Program in Medieval Studies in St. Michael’s College, the Canadian Studies Program in University College, the Aboriginal Studies Program and Centre for Aboriginal Initiatives in the University of Toronto.

Seth Lerer Lecture: February 25, 2014

The Centre for Medieval Studies cordially invites you to attend a lecture by:

Seth Lerer (Dean of Arts and Humanities and Distinguished Professor of Literature, University of California, San Diego)
“Beowulf and the Eloquence of Minor Characters”

Tuesday, February 25, 2014
4:10 p.m.
Room 301
Lillian Massey Building

Roy Liuzza Lecture: February 11, 2014

The Centre for Medieval Studies cordially invites you to attend a lecture by:

Roy Liuzza (Professor of English, University of Tennessee, Knoxville)
“Diminishing Returns: The History of the Future in Anglo-Saxon England”

Tuesday, February 11, 2014
4:10 p.m.
Room 301
Lillian Massey Building

Digital Medieval Studies Workshop 3.0

“Digital Editions of Medieval Texts: Theory and Practice”

Andrew Dunning

Tools for the creation and presentation of critical editions are still in their infancy. This workshop discusses some of the conceptual issues encountered by the makers of electronic editions, and outlines the most practical solutions currently available for making printed and digital editions of texts. Participants will work through setting up a basic critical edition in Classical Text Editor, and learn how to save time in this and other word processing applications.

This workshop has a hands-on component. Please visit for a list of free software you will need to install on a laptop.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

2:00-4:00 p.m.
Lillian Massey Building, Room 310

Please bring laptops with recommended software for the hands-on portion of the workshop.