Help the DOE to meet the Triangle Community Foundation Challenge!


In 2014 the Dictionary of Old English (DOE) welcomed its new staff Chief Editor, Roy M. Liuzza, and new Drafting Editors, Rob Getz and Stephen Pelle. Continuing the work of the DOE is a great privilege and a great challenge, and support at this time is an expression of confidence in the scholarly mission of the Dictionary.

In 2013, the DOE was awarded a $500,000 five-year Challenge Grant from the Triangle Community Foundation of Raleigh, North Carolina. The grant requires a 1:1 match to release funds to the project. Thanks to the generosity of hundreds of individuals and institutions, we were able to raise $100,000 to release the first instalment of funds in 2014. Our goal now is to raise another $100,000 to match next year’s grant. Support is especially welcome at this time, when each donation, no matter how large or small, will have twice the impact.

Your gift will help to ensure that the DOE will reach completion and will serve scholars and lovers of the English language for generations to come. Donations may be made online through credit card, or a pledge form is available to facilitate donations by mail; please make your cheque out to “DOE/ University of Toronto”. Tax receipts will be issued for all gifts.

Medieval Women Workshop III: Writers and Subjects

You are cordially invited to attend Medieval Women Workshop III: Writers and Subjects

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Dates & Times:

Friday, January 31st

4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.


Saturday, February 1st

10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.


Laurence K. Shook Common Room

Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies

59 Queen’s Park Crescent East


For free registration please RSVP to email hidden; JavaScript is required before 29 January.

(Lunch & refreshments included)

For further information, please contact Ann M. Hutchison email hidden; JavaScript is required or Alison More email hidden; JavaScript is required

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

Job Advertisement: Sessional Lecturer – MST 1105H Latin Palaeography II

The CMS, Faculty of Arts and Science, University of Toronto is advertising for a Sessional Lecturer position: Latin Palaeography II (MST 1105H).

Full job details may be found on the University of Toronto Careers web page.

Course description: Study of Latin Scripts from 1200 to 1600 A.D., with attention to the cultural-historical background of Gothic writing, the physical characteristics of manuscripts, library practices, and bibliographical resources. Training in reading scripts is provided through weekly exercises.
Minimum qualifications: PhD in Medieval Studies; extensive teaching experience in Latin Palaeography; substantive experience in working with and handling of medieval manuscripts.
Preferred qualifications: Publication record in editing of Latin texts.
Description of duties: Provide weekly exercises for students to learn the various Latin Scripts from 1200 to 1600 A.D. Explain the cultural-historical background of Gothic writing. Describe the physical characteristics of manuscripts, library practices, and bibliographical resources.
Application instructions:  Covering letter, CV, and name of two references.

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.

Lecture by François-Xavier Fauvelle, February 20, 4:10 pm

The African Studies Program, the Centre for Medieval Studies, the Department of History, the Department of Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations and the Institute of Islamic Studies cordially invite you to a lecture by

François-Xavier Fauvelle Professor, Collège de France (Paris) 

Africa and the Global Middle Ages:

Broker States, Articulated Cities, Ecological Thresholds”

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Map of the Oekumene drawn by the twelfth-century Arab geographer al-Idrîsî (copy by ‘Alî ibn-Hasan al Hûfî al-Qâsimî, Cairo, 1456; Oxford, Bodleian Library, Ms Pococke 375, fol. 3v-4)

Thursday, 20 February 2020, 4:10 p.m.

Centre for Medieval Studies, Room 301
Lillian Massey Building
125 Queen’s Park

Reception to follow

Lecture by Paul Saenger, March 12, 4:10 pm

The Anne Tanenbaum Centre for Jewish Studies, the Centre for Comparative Literature,
the Centre for Medieval Studies,
& the Department for the Study of Religion cordially invite you to a lecture by

Paul Saenger
Curator of Rare Books Emeritus The Newberry Library, Chicago

“Jewish Confrontations with Christianity in the Middle Ages and the Origin of the Modern Mode of citing Sacred Scripture”

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Thursday, 12 March 2020, 4:10 p.m.

Centre for Medieval Studies, Room 310 Lillian Massey Building

125 Queen’s Park

Small reception to follow

Édouard Jeauneau: a brief obituary

With sadness we report the passing of Professor Édouard Jeauneau on 10 December 2019.

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Born 14 August 1924, Father Jeauneau died, aged 95, in Chartres after a short period of ill health. He had been ordained a priest in 1947. Trained at the Gregorian University in Rome, the Sorbonne, and École pratique des Hautes Études in Paris, Professor Jeauneau first taught at the Grand Séminaire of Chartres (1948-1958) before becoming a Directeur de Recherche at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique in Paris in 1958. He became a Senior Fellow of the Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies in 1975 and from then until 1990 typically taught a seminar every fall term at PIMS. In his courses on the medieval thought of the period 800-1200, he introduced graduate students to how to read difficult texts such as the Timaeus of Plato as passed to the Middle Ages through Calcidius, the Periphyseon of Eriugena, and the Dragmaticon of William of Conches. In every case, he insisted upon students working from the Latin text, which together they would translate and explicate line by line, idea by idea. It was an exhilarating experience for most, an intimidating one for a few, but by the end all had entered into what twelfth-century thinkers knew as the lectio philosophorum, the deep reading of the philosophers. Professor Jeauneau thought of himself chiefly as a philologist, one whose command of the thought of the two Renaissances, the Carolingian and the Twelfth-Century, was acute. He had a way of penetrating the true meaning of texts that was a marvel to all and so he was frequently sought out by his Toronto colleagues for advice and help with their own difficult texts and passages. After his retirement, he would return to Toronto annually to superintend the various teams of Centre students who assisted in his SSHRC-sponsored editorial projects.

Among his more than 200 publications, there were three books of collected essays, ten critical editions, and the popular La philosophie médiévale (Collection “Que sais-je?” 1963), which went through four editions and has been translated into Japanese, Spanish, Arabic, and Turkish. His work on the medieval glosses on Plato’s Timaeus opened up a field of study that others had previously known only from a distance. His 1965 critical edition of William of Conches’s Glosae super Platonem was the crowning achievement of these Platonic studies. Conches may have interested him, but it was the Irishman, Johannes Scottus, also known as Eriugena, who utterly fascinated him. For Sources Chrétiennes (vols. 151, 1969; 180, 1972), he critically edited and translated Eriugena’s Homily and Commentary on the Gospel of John. While in Toronto, he commenced his critical edition of Eriugena’s Latin translation of the Ambigua ad Iohannem of Maximus the Confessor (Corpus Christianorum: Series Graeca, 18; 1988). These editions were preliminary and necessary, he said, before he took up the critical edition of Eriugena’s masterpiece, the Periphyseon. There he revealed not only his unrivalled command of the thinker and his thought, but his most daring editorial expertise. For in the five volumes published by Corpus Christianorum: Continuatio Mediaevalis (1996-2003), he supplied a critical edition to serve as the standard text of the work and a synoptic edition in facing columns to capture the full representation of the evolving text as known from its principal manuscripts. Eriugena himself and his disciples had left their handwritten changes and corrections on the various ninth-century manuscripts, all of which medievalists can examine in his monumental edition.

All of his considerable scholarly achievements should not obscure what a dynamic, kind, and caring human being Professor Jeauneau was, touching the lives of St. Michael’s, PIMS, and Centre students and colleagues. Who can forget the image of him wandering the PIMS library or, after some PIMS Common Room reception, slowly ascending the spiral staircase to his office, there to return to work on his current project. Some of his students and friends managed to visit him at his lovely corner house in Coudray-au-Perche. Immediately across from that house in which he was born stands the parish church of Saint Pierre and it was in its cemetery that he was laid to rest on 16 December 2019. After a life of vast travel, teaching, and scholarship he had finally come home to stay.

Paul Edward Dutton (CMS 1981)
Professor, Simon Fraser University

Professor John Magee New Director of CMS Starting July 1, 2020

Congratulations to Professor John Magee who will take over the directorship of the Centre for Medieval Studies from Interim Director Professor Isabelle Cochelin on July 1. Professor Magee received his PhD in Medieval Studies from the University of Toronto in 1986. He was appointed to the Department of Classics at Columbia University in 1986 as an Assistant Professor. In 1992, he joined the University of Toronto and the Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies as an Associate Professor in the Centre for Medieval Studies. In 1999, Professor Magee was promoted to the rank of Professor. He is a member of the Classics Department, the Collaborative Program in Ancient and Medieval Philosophy, and the Centre for Medieval Studies. He has been a Senior External Fellow of the Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies, Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg, and an Old Dominion Fellow of the Council of the Humanities, Princeton University (Department of Classics).

Professor Magee’s general research interests are in late ancient philosophy and philosophical commentators, and in textual criticism. He has published extensively on Anicius Manlius Severinus Boethius in particular and is currently working on a critical edition of his Περὶ Ἑρμηνείας commentaries. He is the author of three books and a number of articles dealing primarily with the history of philosophy in the later Roman empire. Professor Magee has a fourth book, The Codex Pagesianus (BAV Pagès 1) and the Emergence of Aristotle in the Medieval West, coming out this year.

Having served as the Director of the Centre for Medieval Studies, the Chair of Classics and, most recently, as the Vice-Dean, Faculty & Academic Life, Professor Magee has extensive academic administrative experience. Additionally, he has served on numerous committees at the Department, College, Faculty, and University levels.

Lecture by Professor Steven Bednarski, January 16 at 4:00 pm

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

Professor Steven Bednarski
Department of History, University of Waterloo
Centre for Medieval Studies, University of Toronto

Environments of Change & Changing Environments: Digitizing the Middle Ages

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Thursday January 16, 2020 at 4:00 pm

Centre for Medieval Studies, Room 301
Lillian Massey Building
University of Toronto
125 Queen’s Park, Toronto

In this talk, Project Director and PI, Prof. Steven Bednarski, presents the goals and objectives of Environments of Change and explores ways of integrating the approaches offered by traditional and digital humanists with those of the natural and pure sciences.

Environments of Change is a new SSHRC-funded research network that unites scholars from over a dozen disciplines including history, literature studies, art history, conservation, archaeology, geomorphology, palaeoclimatology, and dendrochronology with fifteen industry partners. The project explores how best to use emerging digital technologies to shine light on the complex relationship between people and nature at the end of the Middle Ages. To do this, project members have built the Medieval Digital Research in Arts and Graphical Environmental Networks Lab (DRAGEN), Canada’s first and only digital humanities lab dedicated to climate and culture. Through the Lab, and with the support of $2,500,000 in SSHRC funding and another $7,500,000 in partnered contributions, Environments of Change will provide 467 training opportunities over seven years to students and junior colleagues in Canada, the US, and the UK. These opportunities will train the next generation of digitally minded medievalists.

Lecture by Isabel Harvey, January 10, 3:10 pm

CMS “Other Sister” Research Group cordially invites you to a lecture by

Isabel Harvey

SSHRC Postdoctoral fellow
Institut für Geschichtswissenschaften, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Dipartimento di Studi Umanistici, Università Ca’ Foscari, Venezia


Tertiary Sisters and Revolted Friars: San Domenico Maggiore of Naples and the Tridentine Reform of Regular Orders”

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Friday, 10 January 2020, 3:10 p.m.

Centre for Medieval Studies, Room 301
Lillian Massey Building
125 Queen’s Park