MEDIUM ÆVUM exists to support and promote research into the cultures and intellectual life of the medieval world, principally through its
† Prof. Nigel Palmer, FBA (1946-2022)
The Society for the Study of Medieval Languages and Literature, and Medium Aevum, are very sad to announce the death of Professor Nigel F. Palmer. Nigel has been an energetic and enthusiastic editor of the journal since 1990. A highly distinguished scholar of medieval German and Latin literature (Emeritus Professor of German Medieval and Linguistic Studies, University of Oxford) and a Fellow of the British Academy, he was a much loved and admired teacher and supervisor, and a devoted fellow of St Edmund Hall. His drive and commitment will be greatly missed. An obituary, by Annette Volfing for the Faculty of Medieval and Modern Languages, may be found here
Events Calendar
Events sponsored by the Society and organized by its members, & the Society's own events and deadlines
Posted: November 29, 2030
From the Society and its Members
Posted: November 28, 2030
Out Now: Medium Ævum Vol. 90, No. 1 (2020)
Out now: MAE 90/1
The latest issue includes the following articles:
Caroline Batten

Hand over head: a possible reference to the Old English metrical psalms in the ‘Journey Charm’

Leonard Neidorf Grendel’s blood: on the translation of Beowulf line 849
Rafael J. Pascual

Hrothgar’s warhorse and the audience of Beowulf

Joan Duran-Porta The Grail as a ‘converted’ object: literary fiction and historical archetypes
Aisling Byrne Guy of Warwick in Iberia: England, Portugal and the background to Tirant lo Blanch
Siegfried Wenzel

The three enemies of man: an unlisted sermon in Middle English

Julia Mattison Universalizing doublets in Middle English verse: Chaucer and romance
Arvind Thomas

Rechelesnesse’s learned ignorance or how to make a law from a rule in Piers Plowman

Posted: August 30, 2021
The 2021 MAE Lecture: Now Viewable Online!
Posted: July 9, 2021
Posted: February 23, 2021
Translation: The 2020 Oxford Medieval Grad. Conf.
29th-30 Sep. Register Now, via Zoom
Posted: September 14, 2020
2022 Medium Ævum Essay Prize
The Race is On!
Posted: September 6, 2020
Dark Archives 20/20: Registration Open, & Polonsky Blogging Prize
Online, 8th-10th September

Registration Now Open, and all details, at We are delighted to announce that the newly created #PolonskyGerman #BloggingMSS Prize for this year is to be awarded at Dark Archives 20/20, following a session showcasing shortlisted entries and by popular vote! 

Posted: August 4, 2020
Pfaff at 50: 2-day MAE Joint Conference
Posted: February 1, 2020
Out Now: Medium Ævum Monographs, NS 36
Leslie Brook (ed.), Jeun de Meun's Translation of the Letters of Abelard and Heloise
Posted: January 7, 2020
2nd Edn Out Now: Medium Ævum Monographs, NS 23
David Macnab (ed.), A Sporting Lexicon of the Fifteenth Century
Posted: January 7, 2020
On Sat. 27th April, David d'Avray delivers the 2019 Lecture - How to explain the Medieval Papacy
Arts Bldg, Birmingham Uni, at 4.45pm. Free & Open to All. Followed by Drinks.

Posted: April 16, 2019
*Registration Open*
Posted: September 14, 2018
Dame Jinty Nelson, 'Writing the Life of Charlemagne' - The 2018 MÆ Annual Lecture
Dame Jinty Nelson, 'Writing the Life of Charlemagne' - 2018 MÆ Annual Lecture
Posted: July 4, 2018
Posted: March 29, 2018
AHRC CHASE Collaborative Doctoral Award
Posted: March 29, 2018
LASS 2018
Posted: January 31, 2018
Posted: November 16, 2017
Posted: November 15, 2017

Conference Programme now published for Ovid Across Europe

Posted: August 31, 2017
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Posted: May 5, 2017
Prof. David d'Avray's Plenary Lecture at Time, the 2017 Oxford Medieval Grad. Conf.
Posted: April 27, 2017
Posted: March 22, 2017
Prof. Helen Cooper: Plenary Address to Wonder, The 2016 Oxford Medieval Grad. Conf.
Posted: April 29, 2016
Prof. Paul Binski's Plenary Address to Colour, the 2015 Oxford Medieval Grad. Conf.
Posted: April 23, 2015
MÆ On Twitter (@medium_aevum)

Monday 09 May, 2022

5:29pm    RT @scholastic_rat: Nigel was my PhD supervisor, and the kindest, most generous, funniest and brilliant man. I’m very saddened to hear of h…
5:29pm    RT @HLaehnemann: Immense sadness. Nigel Palmer is dead. One of the most menschenzugewandt, collegial, convivial people I met in my life. Me…
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