Publication of Letters A-C of the Epinal-Erfurt Glossary Editing Project

Professor Herren wishes to announce the publication of Letters A-C of the Epinal-Erfurt Glossary Editing Project, sponsored by the  Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, and housed at the Dictionary of Old English. Final preparations are being made for Letter D, which will be published soon.

The editorial team includes CMS doctoral candidates Dylan Wilkerson, Cameron Laird, Deanna Brooks, and Shirley Kinney, with acknowledgements to Dr. Stephen Pelle and Dr. Robert Getz, co-editors of the Dictionary of Old English. The international editorial team consists of Michael Herren, David Porter (Southern University), and Hans Sauer (Munich).

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Congratulations to Michael Herren and Andrew Dunning for a new edition

Prof. Michael W. Herren with the assistance of R.W. Hunt Curator Andrew Dunning (CMS 2016), has published Iohannis Scotti Eriugenae Carmina. Corpus Christianorum Continuatio Medievalis 167. Brepols: Turnhout, 2020. In the same volume, one finds as well Giovanni Mandolino and Chiara O. Tommasi, De Imagine, Eriugena’s translation of Gregory of Nyssa’s De Opificio Hominis.

The volume is dedicated to the memory of Professor Edouard Jeauneau, Senior Fellow of the Pontifical Institute of Medieval Studies, who supervised students from the Centre of Medieval Studies over many years. The dedicatory preface was written by Prof. Andrew Hicks (CMS 2011), who, along with Andrew Dunning, assisted Professor Jeauneau in the preparation of his magisterial edition of Eriugena’s Periphyseon.

Celebrating a Collaborative Effort!

Congratulations to Isabelle Cochelin and many CMS Faculty, alumni and students for a recent publication.

The book was a collaborative work of longue haleine with one sixth of the authors and the majority of the translators directly or indirectly related to CMS and the University of Toronto as Faculty, students, alumni or PIMS fellows: in alphabetical order Alessia Berardi, Jesse D. Billett, Elma Brenner, Lochin Brouillard, Adam Cohen, Albrecht Diem, Fiona J. Griffiths, Drew Jones, Christian D. Knudsen, Lauren Mancia, Matthew Mattingly, Alison More, Bert Roest, Tristan Sharp, and Michael Webb. All the articles of the two volumes can be read online at UofTLibraries.

cover Medieval Manasticism in the Latin West

A. I. Beach, I. Cochelin (eds), The Cambridge History of Medieval Monasticism in the Latin West

Date: February 2020
Format: Multiple copy pack
ISBN: 9781107042117

Monasticism, in all of its variations, was a feature of almost every landscape in the medieval West. So ubiquitous were religious women and men throughout the Middle Ages that all medievalists encounter monasticism in their intellectual worlds. While there is enormous interest in medieval monasticism among Anglophone scholars, language is often a barrier to accessing some of the most important and groundbreaking research emerging from Europe. The Cambridge History of Medieval Monasticism in the Latin West offers a comprehensive treatment of medieval monasticism, from Late Antiquity to the end of the Middle Ages. The essays, specially commissioned for this volume and written by an international team of scholars, with contributors from Australia, Belgium, Canada, England, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, Switzerland, and the United States, cover a range of topics and themes and represent the most up-to-date discoveries on this topic.


On-line Summer Latin Courses (deadline for enrolment: May 1st)

CMS Summer Latin Programme has existed for decades. For the first time, given the exceptional circumstances, all the courses will be given online. If you are interested, please enrol as soon as possible as there is a numerus clausus.

The summer courses are non-credit and are taught by senior graduate students of the Centre who are thoroughly fluent in Latin and are already experienced teachers in our program. They work under the supervision of the faculty members teaching Medieval Latin and are trained specifically for these courses; we take great care in making appointments to these positions.

Students admitted to CMS MA or PhD programs for the next academic year can attend any of these summer courses, at the appropriate level, for free.

Students who attend the courses regularly and do all the assignments will be given an official letter from CMS indicating the course content and their participation in it.

The program is under the direction of the Committee for Medieval Latin Studies in the Centre for Medieval Studies. The Centre for Medieval Studies assumes no responsibility for cancellation of classes due to circumstances beyond its control.

Beginning Latin
19 May to 10 July 2020
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday
Schedule yet to be finalized
Textbook: Moreland and Fleischer, Latin: An Intensive Course. 
The book is available for purchase online, with delivery, from the UofT Bookstore (link to


An introductory intensive course for those with little or no previous exposure to Latin. You can’t expect to assimilate Latin grammar thoroughly or build an extensive vocabulary in just eight weeks, but those who successfully complete the course are adequately prepared to attend our Level One Latin class – that is, they should be able to score at least 30% on our Level One Latin examination in September.

14 July to 30 July 2020
Tuesday and Thursday
Following Beginning Latin, a three-week supplemental reading course will offer students an opportunity to consolidate their grasp of the language. Assignments will include selections from the Vulgate, the Gesta Romanorum, and other medieval texts of a similar level of difficulty. The supplemental course is open to those registered for Basic Latin with no additional tuition fee.


For the following two courses, Level One Latin and Level Two Latin, please see the enrolment restrictions. Given the COVID-19 Pandemic, if you have not already registered for the CMS Latin exam(s), you will not be able to take the exam(s), and, thus, to take these courses this year. We are really sorry for this.


Level One Latin

25 May to 03 July 2020
Monday through Friday
Schedule yet to be finalized
The class presupposes a basic knowledge of the elements of Latin (declensions and conjugations, some vocabulary, and prior exposure to complex syntax) as laid out in an introductory course (such as our Beginning Latin course). See also below “Review Session”.
The instructor will be available regularly for consultation. This course prepares students to sit our Level One exam in September. Readings encompass Latin texts of various periods, countries of origin, and disciplinary interest, with emphasis on close grammatical commentary and analysis. (Typical texts might include the works of Geoffrey of Monmouth, the Gesta Romanorum, the Vulgate Bible, Apollonius of Tyre, and others of similar difficulty.)
To register, a minimum mark of 30% on the April Level One Latin Exam is required. A mark below that might indicate you’d be better off in the Beginning Latin course. A mark below 50% suggests you should arrive early for the intensive grammar review as described above.
12 May to 22 May 2020
Tuesday through Friday
Schedule yet to be finalized.
Prior to the Level One Latin course we will offer a two-week intensive grammar review open at no extra charge to those who register for the Level One Latin course. We strongly recommend you take this review if you’re concerned that your grasp of grammar is shaky.


Level Two Latin

06 July to 14 August 2020
Monday through Friday
This course might still be given with in-person classes (depending how the pandemic evolves): 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. (Room: LI 310)
The instructor will be available regularly for consultation. For students who have already passed our Level One Latin examination and already have a thorough knowledge of Latin grammar and a basic working vocabulary. This course prepares you to take our Level Two Latin examination; a pass at that level indicates that a student is fluent in Latin, is completely sound on grammar (both accidence and syntax), can handle complex sentences, has a wide vocabulary, and can be trusted to use Latin for research purposes efficiently and without error. Class work includes regular sight passages and prepared reading of difficult Medieval Latin. As with the Level One Latin course, we try to make choices representative of different periods and a wide range of subject matter. (Typical texts might include works by Augustine, Notker Balbulus, Bernard of Clairvaux, Dante, Petrarch, Boccaccio, Boethius and others of similar difficulty).
A Level One Latin Exam Pass is required to register. (Note: if you take and pass our Level Two Latin examination in April, you’re unlikely to benefit from these courses.)


Fees & Financial Support
The fees below are applicable to ALL students (including currently registered U of T graduate and undergraduate students) for Beginning Latin. The Level One Latin and Level Two Latin courses are free for graduate students currently registered full-time in the School of Graduate Studies, U of T. The fees below apply to all others.
Each course: $1,200 (CAD) for Canadian residents, or its equivalent in US dollars for non-Canadian residents, to be paid by 1 May.
For forms of payment, please contact CMS graduate administrator.


In case of withdrawal, return of the original receipt is required to process refund. Until the start of classes, a full refund is available, minus $50 for administrative services. In the first week of classes, 50 per cent of fees will be refunded. After the first week of classes has ended, no refund is possible.


Applying for Summer Latin
Enrolment in each course is limited. To register for any of the summer courses a letter and requisite registration fee must be submitted by 1 May.

Please note: although students (including CMS) currently registered in the University of Toronto do not pay additional fees for the Level One, Level Two, and Grammar Review courses, they MUST register their intention to take the courses by the 1 May deadline in order to reserve a space by sending an email to


Congratulations to recent graduate Bogdan Smarandache

Bogdan Smarandache (PhD 2019) has accepted a SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellowship to be held at the Unité mixte de recherche 8167 Orient & Mediterranée in Paris. He will be joining a research team called Islam médiéval within the UMR. His project, “Sovereignty and the Negotiation of Minority Rights in the Medieval Mediterranean, c. 650-1450,” is an extension of his dissertation research, which examines how negotiations over the conditions of religious minorities contributed to Christian and Islamic conceptualizations of sovereignty. He also hopes to contribute to two current projects: “Atlas du monde musulman medieval” and “Les mots de la paix.” His 24-month Fellowship will begin in the fall or early winter. Congratulations, Bogdan!

LMS Interdisciplinary Research Seminar, PIMS, 4 March, 3:10 p.m.

You are cordially invited to attend the first LMS Interdisciplinary Research Seminar at the Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies.

Wednesday, March 4, 2020
3:10 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Room A, PIMS
59 Queen’s Park Crescent East

Policing Sanctuary in Medieval English Cities

Abstract (Duggan)

Presented by:

Dr. Kenneth F. Duggan
Mellon Fellow and LMS Candidate

This paper will discuss the use and abuse of sanctuary in thirteenth-century England, with a particular focus on the cities of London and Lincoln. It will also discuss how those who lived in cities might have felt that policing sanctuaries was more difficult in urban centres than it was in rural England. In doing so, this paper will demonstrate how those who lived in cities expected justices to be more lenient when it came to collective penalties levied against them for failures in peacekeeping duties that related to criminal cases involving fugitives who fled to sanctuary.

J.R. O’Donnell Memorial Lecture with Professor Francesco Stella, 5 March, 4:10 pm

The Centre for Medieval Studies cordially invites you to the 2019-2020 J.R. O’Donnell Memorial Lecture by:

Professor Francesco Stella
University of Siena

The Latin Lives of Mohamed


Thursday, 5 March 2020 at 4:10 p.m.

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

Reception to follow.

CANCELLED – Lecture by Paul Saenger, 12 March, 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”

Introduction by Prof. Brian Stock

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Paris Bibliothèque Saint-Geneviève ms 1405 f.205r

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

Centre for Medieval Studies, Room 301 Lillian Massey Building

125 Queen’s Park

Small reception to follow

CANCELLED Lecture by the George Rigg Visitor in Medieval Latin: Professor Mark Vessey, 19 March, 4:10 pm

The Centre for Medieval Studies cordially invites you to a lecture by the George Rigg Visitor in Medieval Latin:

Professor Mark Vessey
Department of English, University of British Columbia
Principal of Green College

Rome’s Empire, Christianity, and the New Latin Book-Mind of the Early Western Middle Ages – Rethinking Literature and Textual Community

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Thursday, 19 March 2020 at 4:10 pm

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