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