Yale’s Program in Medieval Studies is an autonomous interdisciplinary enterprise, with faculty drawn from many relevant humanities departments - Classics, Comparative Literature, English, French, German, History, History of Art, Italian, Music, Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, Philosophy, Religious Studies, Slavic Languages and Literatures, and Spanish and Portuguese - along with the Divinity School, the Beinecke Library, and the Yale Institute of Sacred Music. There are some forty faculty members at Yale who work on the various cultures of the Middle Ages. Together we form one of the largest assemblies of specialized medievalists in any university of the United States. Students have access to all of these faculty and to the courses, both graduate and undergraduate, that they offer each term. Read more



Yale Lectures in Medieval Studies will be hosting Thomas Burman on Thursday March 4 at 5:30pm Eastern, for a virtual lecture entitled: The Correspondence of Emperor Leo III (717-41) and Caliph Umar II (717-20): Arguing Mediterranean Religion across the Middle Ages.

Please pre-register for this event here. As a reminder, all YLMS lectures this term will be held virtually, with relevant Zoom links circulated via email, Facebook, and our official Yale webpage


Curious about kloster stitch? Pining for pearl embroidery? Join us at Medieval Lunch, 12:00 pm on March 16th! Conducted by Medieval Studies PhD candidate Kristen Herdman, this workshop is designed to discuss major styles of medieval embroidery, German and English in particular, and to review material, terms, and techniques. Historical examples will range from wearables to the manuscript mending. The latter half of the workshop will be focused on stitching technique in particular, using modern samples and live demonstrations over zoom.

To be added to the Medieval Studies list and receive the Medieval Lunch Zoom link, please email janice.zocher@yale.edu.


August 13, 2020
Our colleague Walter Cahn, professor emeritus of medieval art, passed away in June 2020. Please see this lovely tribute to his life from the Department of the History of Art.
August 29, 2019
By Kendall Teare   “The Map Psalter,” a medieval world map. Circa 1262-1300. Held by the British Library. This year at Yale, two new literature classes will push the...