Author Archives: Lydia Hayes

Palaeography Day Trip to Aberdeen

Margaret Connolly and Rachel Hart took MLitt students in Medieval Studies and Medieval History to Aberdeen on Monday 24 April to see 15th– century manuscripts in the University Library’s Special Collections. These included copies of saint’ lives, sermons, devotional prose, medical texts, and classical commentaries, and the manuscripts varied in size from a massive copy of John Trevisa’s translation of the Polychronicon to a tiny palm-sized book of hours. We also saw original medieval records at the Aberdeen Burgh Records […]

Publication! Ottonian Queenship by Simon MacLean

Simon MacLean’s new publication Ottonian Queenship has just been released by Oxford University Press. From the website: This is the first major study in English of the queens of the Ottonian dynasty (919-1024). The Ottonians were a family from Saxony who are often regarded as the founders of the medieval German kingdom. They were the most successful of all the dynasties to emerge from the wreckage of the pan-European Carolingian Empire after it disintegrated in 888, ruling as kings and emperors in Germany […]

Lectura Dantis Andreapolitana 25th meeting – Friday 21 April 2017

Friday 21 April 2017, Parliament Hall, South Street, St Andrews Dancing theologians; Franciscans and Dominicans; the wisdom of Solomon; a celestial light show; the heavens of the Sun and Mars: Paradiso cantos 11-14. The twenty-fifth meeting of the LDA continues the series with a day of lectures on the next three cantos of Dante’sParadiso, again bringing leading Dante Scholars to St Andrews. Dante’s journey continues through the heavens of the Sun and Mars, where he is told about the founders […]

Chris Given-Wilson Shortlisted for Wolfson History Prize

Professor Emeritus Chris Given-Wilson’s Henry IV has been shortlisted for the prestigious Wolfson History Prize. Established in 1972, the Wolfson History Prize aims to recognise and reward the best historical writing produced in the UK. The annual prize of £40,000 is awarded to the author whose book is judged to best combine readability and excellence in research. It is the first time that the Prize has issued a shortlist in its 45 year history. Each shortlisted author will receive £4,000. […]

Event 19th April: MUSA’s Glamourous Shiny Stuff

Bedazzled: MUSA’s Glamourous Shiny Stuff (19th April, 5.30-6.15pm) Tales from medieval times often revolve around treasures, relics and the Holy Grail. Discover how and why shiny objects like the medieval maces held such power and charisma on this informal tour of MUSA. Presented by Bettina Bildhauer, Director of the St Andrews Institute of Mediaeval Studies, in conversation with Alison Hadfield, Learning and Access Curator. Free, but booking required.  To book events call 01334 46 1660 or email