The Friars Preachers: The First Hundred Years of the Dominican Order


When Dominic of Caleruega began preaching in southern France in the early 1200s, he would have had no idea of the far reaching influence that the band of men he would attract would leave such a broad and enduring influence on medieval history.

Monastic Space and the Use of Books in Anglo-Norman England

Canterbury - Eadwine Psalter

My summary of a paper given at the Institute of Historical Research on: Monastic Space and the Use of Books in Anglo-Norman England.

The Augustinian Canons in England and Wales: Architecture, Archaeology and Liturgy 1100-1540

Augustinian - Canons Regular

The Augustinian canons remain very much the Cinderellas of British medieval monastic history.

St George’s Day: A Cultural History

St. George slaying the Dragon

The modern celebration of St. George’s Day, frequently associated with intense English nationalism, grew out of a religious feast that commemorated a Middle-Eastern individual who died protesting an intolerant empire.

Transformations of Print into Painting: A Case Study of the Context of Prints in an Illustrated Brigittine Psalter

Brigittine Psalter

This liturgical psalter raises issues of the production and consumption of religious texts in convents in the northern Netherlands.

On Omissions and Substitutions in the Medieval English Translations of the Gospel

Wessex Gospels/West-Saxon Gospels

In view of this we carried out research on two English medieval translations of John’s Gospel, believing that their comparison would not only reveal differences in the perception and experience of biblical concepts (expressed through language), but also those in culture, society and cognition that occurred in the period between their occurrence.

The King’s Three Images: The representation of St. Edward the Confessor in historiography, hagiography and liturgy

Edward the Confessor - Bayeux Tapestry

This study will revolve around the characterisation of Edward as constructed in the various surviving texts, and its emphasis will be twofold: my primary concern is to explore how St. Edward the Confessor’s images were constructed, i.e. how he is represented in the various texts written about him.

Christ in Motion: Portable Objects and Scenographic Environments in the Liturgy of Medieval Bohemia

Christ entering Jerusalem on an ass

It accordingly seems clear, from many preserved accounts, that by the end of the fifteenth century the rubric of the Church of Prague was no longer the same and that progressive versions contained different layers of alteration to the performance practice of Palm Sunday ritual.

Dramatic ritual and preaching in late Anglo-Saxon England

biblical images

My thesis involves an examination of the dramatic liturgical ritual of the late Anglo-Saxon period and its relationship to other aspects of Christian worship, especially vernacular preaching.

Church Wall Paintings and Mosaics: Principles of their arrangement and relationship to church architecture

Medieval Orthodox Wall Mosaic

The history of Orthodox church wall-painting and mosaics, East and West, is a very rich one. On the one hand it reveals tremendous creativity in the Church’s response to architectural and pastoral changes. On the other hand it shows how consistently it has been faithful to unchanging spiritual principles.

“Kings as Catechumens: Royal Conversion Narratives and Easter in the Historia Ecclesiastica” by Carolyn Twomey (Boston College)

King Edwin of Northumbria

This is the first paper from the Haskins Conference at Boston College – it focused on Bede’s narratives of Royal conversion.

Mary and the Jews in Anglo-Norman Monastic Culture

Statue of the Virgin Mary and Jesus in Winchester Cathedral, Winchester, England

This thesis looks at the ways in which Benedictine monks contributed to the fashioning of images of Jews in sources related to the Marian cult in the post-Conquest period, 1066-1154.

The Libro de la Regla Vieja of the Cathedral of Seville as a Musicological Source

Cathedral of Seville, Seville, Spain

The significance of this regla de coro to Seville’s pre-Tridentine use prompted me to seek here a deeper understanding of the book, and especially the textual transmission of its contents, confusion over which has led, hitherto, to most of the difficulties and errors concerning its dating.

VAGANTES: Between Tradition and Change: Monastic Reform in Three fifteenth-century German Redactions of the Life of Saint Mary of Egypt

St. Mary of Egypt 3

Using the life of St. Mary of Egypt, this paper will consider three different Middle High German versions produced by reform communities and will analyze how the reform ideologies and goals manifest in the texts.

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