Faculty specializing in Medieval Studies are drawn from



  • → Strozier Library
  • The Strozier Library has an extensive collection of critical materials for medievalists.
  • → Special Collections
  • Special Collections at FSU has an impressive array of medieval manuscript materials, early printed books, and wonderful collections, such as the entire Kelmscott Press publications, including Chaucer's Canterbury Tales.
  • → Ringling Museum of Art
  • John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art is an extraordinary resource for medievalists.
  • → Microforms
  • Extensive collections of microfiche, microfilm, and digital reproductions of manuscripts and medieval art are held by the FSU Library.
  • → Facsimiles


Student Organization

Contact: Elaine Treharne
English Department
Florida State University
422 Williams Building
Tallahassee, Florida 32306-1580

Phone: 850 644 5191
Fax: 850 644 0811


Medieval Studies at Florida State University

Medieval Studies at Florida State University is a growing and dynamic area of teaching and research. Colleagues in Departments in the Colleges of Arts and Science, Fine Arts, and Communications contribute to the promotion of interdisciplinary research into the Middle Ages (c. 400-1500), teaching a wide variety of courses at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels, and supervising numerous masters' and doctoral dissertations in all areas of the field. The subjects taught include Archaeology, Art and Architectural History, Book History, History (social, economic, political, ecclesiastical, intellectual and gender), Language and Literature (including Old and Middle English, Old Norse, Medieval Welsh, Middle Dutch, Classical and Medieval Latin, Church Slavic/Old Russian, Spanish, Italian, Insular French and French), Manuscript Studies (including British and Continental palaeography, codicology, and illumination), and Musicology.


Medieval Group Events this semester

David Johnson
Medieval Things: Gregory the Great, February 4, 2010, Williams 013

Elaine Treharne
Medieval Books: Materialist Aesthetics, February 18, 2010, Williams 013

Lori Walters
Medieval Patrons and Audiences, February 25, 2010, Williams 013

Nancy Warren and Kate Lechler
Of beauties and beasts, March 4, 2010, Williams 013

Charlie Brewer and Rob Romanchuk
Medieval Languages, March 18, 2010, Williams 013

Paula Gerson and Jennifer Feltman
Medieval Sculpture and Scoffing, April 15, 2010, Williams 013



Lynn Jones is currently on a lecture tour in Europe. Her appearances include:

  • 1/28/10—"Medieval Material Culture and Identity East of Byzantium" in Byzantine Neighbors, a Conference sponsored by the Centre for Byzantine, Modern Greek and Ottoman Studies at the University of Birmingham, Birmingham, UK
  • 2/1/10—"An Illuminated Apocalypse? The Interior Decorative Program of a 12th Century Rock-Cut-Church in Cappadocia," at the Institut für Kunstgeschichte der Wein, Vienna, Austria
  • 2/5/10—"Armenian Material Culture and Identity," at the Department of Eastern Christian Studies, Leiden University, Leiden, the Netherlands

4/27-30/10—Elaine Treharne will be a keynote speaker at the Writing England 1000-1500 conference at University of Leicester, with Jocelyn Wogan-Browne and A. S. G. Edwards.

5/10—Sarah Andyshack, Dierdre Carter, Jennifer M. Feltman, Paula M. Gerson, Karlyn Griffith, Nadia Pawelchak, and Elizabeth Woodward will be presenting on various panels at the International Medieval Congress, WMU, Kalamazoo, 2010.

7/12-15/10—Elaine Treharne's AHRC-funded Project ‘The Production and Use of English Mansucripts, 1060 to 1220’ will deliver a team session on the projects and its output at the Leeds International Conference.

7/14-19/10—Elaine Treharne will talk about fourteenth-century Italian manuscripts, and will lead a graduate workshop on paleography at the New Chaucer Society conference in Siena, Italy


7/19-24/10—David Johnson is organizing the Old English strands at the International Association of University Professors of English held in Malta.

Robert Romanchuk and Nancy Warren are both writing chapters for David Wallace's new literary history of Europe from 1348-1418, Regeneration. Romanchuk is writing about Mt. Athos, and Warren is writing on Rhodes. Blurb: "This is the first literary history of medieval Europe to be attempted in English. Eschewing conventional, anachronistic organization by 'national blocks' —English literature, French literature, etc.— it considers literary activity in transnational sequences of interconnected places. Its vision of Europe, and of movement within Europe is, we believe, of acute contemporary relevance." Here is the website: http://www.english.upenn.edu/~dwallace/regeneration/

Elaine Treharne published the much-expanded third edition of her Old and Middle English Anthology, 800-1450. The new edition contains plates, and newly edited versions of texts like The Marvels of the East, the Worcester Fragment, parts of the Book of Margery Kempe, and extracts from Julian of Norwich. 2010 will see the publication of the Oxford Handbook of Medieval Literature (ed. Treharne and Greg Walker), and Textual Cultures: Cultural Texts (ed. Treharne and Orietta Da Rold).

Rick Emmerson left FSU to become Dean of Manhattan College in New York. He and his wife, archivist Sandi Clayton-Emmerson are enjoying getting to know the districts of New York, and reacquainting themselves with the manuscript repositories in the city. Rick maintains close contact with his PhD students at FSU, and continues his prolific publications record in late Medieval Literature, Art and Drama.

The Department of English has a new PhD track in the History of Text Technologies, where students can focus on all aspects of textual production, dissemination and reception from the earliest period to the present-day.