Utrecht Centre for Medieval Studies

Research and education in the field of medieval studies at Utrecht University is carried out at the Utrecht Centre for Medieval Studies (UCMS).

Present-day importance of the Middle Ages

Many of the discussions we see in society today do not look any further back than a couple of generations at the most. This kind of short-term thinking leads to a limited viewpoint - a ‘provincialism of time’. Focusing on the culture of the Middle Ages in all its facets provides us with a different view on today’s problems: a long-term perspective, which invites a comparative approach.

News

Urkundenformeln im Kontext: Formen der Schriftkultur im Ostmitteleuropa des Mittelalters (13.–14. Jahrhundert) (2016)
22 April 2016
This new book, edited by Anna Adamska and Sébastien Rossignol, presents the results of a workshop on the ways of reading documentary formulae.
Utrechtse drukkers op de kaart
20 April 2016
By means of a geographical interface locations of former Utrecht printers are visualised on a digital map.
The Prose Brut and Other Late Medieval Chronicles
15 April 2016
This volume focuses on the histories of chronicles composed in England, with a focus on texts belonging to the Prose 'Brut' tradition.
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Events

9th-century depiction of Christ as a heroic warrior (Stuttgart Psalter, fol. 23). Source: Wikimedia Commons
13 May 2016 14:00 - 18:00
Utrecht University will host the workshop 'Defining paganism, processes of Christianisation in the Early Middle Ages'.
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connection with the present

Utrecht Centre for Medieval Studies