Medieval Literature

Research and education at Utrecht University in the field of medieval literature is organised within the Utrecht Centre for Medieval Studies (UCMS), where literary historians work together with historians, art historians, musicologists and linguists.

The study of medieval literature focuses on literary texts written in a wide range of medieval languages. Utrecht University houses literary historians of medieval Dutch, English, French, German, Irish, Italian, Latin, Welsh, and comparative literature.

All of their activities reflect a special attention for three aspects of the study of medieval literature:

  1. the sources: manuscripts and early printed books
  2. the cultural context of medieval texts
  3. opportunities for the present-day audience to enjoy medieval texts


J.J.R. Tolkien (1892-1973)
27 May 2019
We spoke with Frank Brandsma and Dan Hassler-Forest about the new movie, and the life and work of Tolkien.
Handgekleurde 'zodiakman' (detail) in Der scaepherders kalengier (1516), Library of Congress, Rare Book and Special Collections Division
4 March 2019
Andrea van Leerdam has been awarded two American research fellowships.
27 February 2019
Five out of six ICON research groups scored ‘very good’ on research quality. The quality of the Gender Studies group was even rated ‘excellent’.
Dr. Els Rose
13 February 2018
Els Rose has been appointed Professor Late and Medieval Latin at the Department of Languages, Literature and Communication starting from 15 February 2018.
16 June 2017
With the first English translation of the Missale Gothicum, Els Rose opens up the unique and colourful world of late antique and early medieval liturgical life.




E.g., 10/22/2019
The Quarrel of Oberon and Titania by Noel Paton: fairies in Shakespeare. Source: Wikimedia
12 November 2019 15:15 - 17:00
Prof. Carolyne Larrington gives a UCMS-lecture titled 'Fairies in British Folklore: Traditional and Made Modern'.