The Medium Ævum Lecture has taken place every year since 1958, delivered by a distinguished medievalist following the Society's Annual General Meeting. Since 2012, the Lecture is hosted by a different institution each year, from around the United Kingdom.

The Annual Lectures

2020 Barry Windeatt
The 2020 MÆ Lecture
Emmanuel College, Cambridge (Queen's Lecture Theatre) - Saturday 02 May, 2020
2019 David D'Avray

The 2019 MÆ AGM and Lecture - David d'Avray (UCL), 'How to explain the Medieval Papacy'

University of Birmingham - Saturday 27 April, 2019
2018 Janet Nelson

MÆ Annual Lecture, Meeting and Colloquium - Medieval Life Writing - in Celebration of the Lecture's 60th Anniversary

Harris Manchester College - Friday 29 June, 2018
2017 Kathryn Kerby-Fulton

Literary Networks of the Vicars Choral and the Clerical Proletariat in Late Medieval York

Sir Clive Granger Building, University Park, Nottingham - Saturday 06 May, 2017
2016 Liz Herbert McAvoy

Gerald's Hard Country: Representations of Landscape and Enclosure in the Itinerarium Kambriae

Cardiff University - Saturday 16 April, 2016
2015 Andy Orchard

Mightier than the Sword? Grasping the Point of the Anglo-Saxon Riddle Tradition

Bancroft Building, Queen Mary, University of London - Saturday 09 May, 2015
2014 Robert Bartlett

Gervase of Tilbury and International Courtly Culture

University of Lincoln - Saturday 03 May, 2014
2013 Nigel Palmer

Gospel Meditations in Fourteenth- and Fifteenth-century Europe: Three Voices from the Upper Rhine

Centre for Medieval Studies, University of Bristol - Saturday 18 May, 2013
2012 Helen Cooper

The Ends of Story-telling

University of Durham - Saturday 19 May, 2012
2011 Sarah Medlam

Estate and Precedence: The Form and Function of Beds in Medieval Households

Tuesday 12 April, 2011
2010 M. Michèle Mulchahey

How the Dominican Order Dealt with Error within its Own Ranks: Unsanctioned Publication and the Censure of Durand of St-Pourçain

Friday 16 April, 2010
2009 Alixe Bovey

Ludic Margins: the Gravity of Play in Gothic Manuscripts

Friday 03 April, 2009
2008 Miri Rubin

Mary of the Europeans: Emotion and Devotion

St. Hilda's College - Saturday 08 March, 2008
2007 Alan Deyermond

'These things are figures of the true': Uses of Biblical Typology in Medieval Spanish Literature

St. Hilda's College - Saturday 10 March, 2007
2006 Éamonn Ó Carragáin

'The Dream of the Rood' and Eighth-Century Northumbria

Mansfield College - Saturday 11 March, 2006
2005 Sarah Kay

The Place of Thought in Late Medieval Didactic Literature: The Case of Christine de Pizan

Mansfield College - Saturday 05 March, 2005
2004 Anne Hudson

Robustissimus Antichristi Achilles: Thomas Netter, Wyclif and the Lollards

Balliol College - Saturday 28 February, 2004
2003 Mary Carruthers

Learning to Read the Hard Way (Peter of Celle: "On Afflication and Reading")

Balliol College - Saturday 22 February, 2003
2002 Margaret Bent

The Musical Stanzas in Martin le Franc's Le champion des dames

Balliol College - Saturday 02 March, 2002
2001 Maurice Keen

Medieval History: Angevin England through Medieval Eyes

Balliol College - Saturday 24 February, 2001
2000 Peter Dronke

Imagery of Dance in Early Medieval Europe

Balliol College - Saturday 04 March, 2000
1999 Reinhard Strohm

Late Medieval Song

University College - Saturday 06 March, 1999
1998 Ian Michael

Private Book-Collecting in Spain from St Isidore (570-636) to the Marquis of Santillana (1398-1458)

Magdalen College - Saturday 28 February, 1998
1997 David Rees

Language and National Identity in the British Isles 1100-1400

University College - Saturday 22 February, 1997
1996 Michael Lapidge

Byrhtferth and his Books

Magdalen College - Saturday 24 February, 1996
1995 Dennis Green

On Recognising and Failing to Recognise Signals to Irony and Fiction in Court Literature

Summer Common Room, Magdalen College - Saturday 25 February, 1995
1994 Linda M. Paterson

Editing Medieval Lyric Poetry: Marcabru's D'aisso lau Dieu

St. John's College - Saturday 26 February, 1994
1993 C. David Benson

Images and Audience: Piers Plowman and Wallpainting

Lady Margaret Hall - Saturday 06 March, 1993
1992 Patrick Boyde

Blossoming Garden & Circling Melody: a reading of Paradiso XXIII

Lady Margaret Hall - Wednesday 19 February, 1992
1991 Alexander Murray

Excommunication and Conscience in the Middle Ages

Lady Margaret Hall - Saturday 16 February, 1991
1990 Jill Mann

The Owl and the Nightingale

Lady Margaret Hall - Saturday 24 February, 1990
1989 Alan Deyermond

The Individual Voice in Medieval Spanish Prose

St. Hilda's College - Saturday 11 March, 1989
1988 Tony Hunt

Anglo-Norman Medicine

St. Hilda's College - Saturday 05 March, 1988
1987 Stephen White

Justice and Judgement at the Court of King Arthur: The Trial of Guinevere

St. Hilda's College - Saturday 14 March, 1987
1986 Alastair Minnis

Towards a History of Medieval Theory and Criticism

Lady Margaret Hall - Saturday 15 March, 1986
1985 G.R. Evans

Literal and Metaphorical in the Bible

Lady Margaret Hall - Saturday 09 March, 1985
1984 Damasus Trapp

Thomas More and the Visual Arts

Lady Margaret Hall - Saturday 03 March, 1984
1983 Leslie Seiffert

God's Amnesty: Hartmann's Gregorius and the Vie du Pape Saint Gregoire

Lady Margaret Hall - Saturday 05 March, 1983
1982 Peter Dronke

The Writings of Marguerite Porete

St. Edmund Hall - Saturday 13 March, 1982
1981 Douglas Gray

Tribute to Professor Jack Bennett

St. Edmund Hall - Saturday 14 March, 1981
1980 Henry Mayr-Harting

The Bamberg MSS of c.1000AD and the God of the World

St. Edmund Hall - Saturday 15 March, 1980
1979 Dominica Legge

William Marshall and Arthur of Britanny: A Detective Story

Merton College - Saturday 17 March, 1979
1978 Janet Coleman

Fourteenth-century Theology. Piers Plowman and some Radical Franciscans

Merton College - Saturday 11 March, 1978
1977 R.W.V. Elliott

By Hylle and by Vale in the Gawain Country

Merton College - Saturday 12 March, 1977
1976 Robert B. Patterson

The Countesses of Gloucester and the status of women in Norman and Angevin England

Merton College - Saturday 13 March, 1976
1975 Giles Constable

Petrarch and Monasticism

Merton College - Saturday 15 March, 1975
1974 T.B.W. Reid

The Right to Emend

Merton College - Saturday 16 March, 1974
1973 Colin Hardie

Allegory in the Divina Commedia: the Epistle to Cangrande

St. Peter's College - Saturday 17 March, 1973
1972 F.P. Pickering

Medieval Patterns of History

Merton College - Saturday 11 March, 1972
1971 David Luscombe

The pseudo-Denys in the West

Merton College - Saturday 13 March, 1971
1970 K. Ugawa

Peasant Holding and Inheritance Custom in Medieval England: A Comparative Study

Merton College - Saturday 14 March, 1970
1969 Beatrice White

Medieval English Literature: Heads and Tales

Merton College - Saturday 15 March, 1969
1968 Rachel Bromwich

Dafydd ap Gwilym: a Welsh Contemporary of Chaucer

Balliol College - Saturday 16 March, 1968
1967 J.E. Cross

The Conception of the old English Phoenix

Balliol College - Saturday 18 March, 1967
1966 E. Talbot Donaldson

Approaches to Chaucer

Balliol College - Saturday 19 March, 1966
1965 J.J.G. Alexander

Anglo-Saxon Illumination and the Continent in the 11th Century

Taylorian Institute - Saturday 13 March, 1965
1964 Marie Thérèse d'Alverny

Dante and Wisdom

Magdalen College - Saturday 21 March, 1964
1963 E.F. Jacob

A Mediaeval Bishop of Norwich: Dr Thomas Brouns

Magdalen College - Saturday 16 March, 1963
1962 James J. Murphy

Rhetoric in Fourteenth Century Oxford

New Room, Magdalen College - Saturday 17 March, 1962
1961 Alfred Ewert

The Twelfth Century Renaissance in French Literature

New Room, Magdalen College - Saturday 11 March, 1961
1960 K.B. McFarlane

The Lollard Knights

New Common Room, Merton College - Saturday 12 March, 1960
1959 Eugène Vinaver

Tradition and Design in Twelfth-century French Romance

Upper Bursary, Merton College - Saturday 07 March, 1959
1958 Nora Chadwick

The Earliest Records of the British Heroic Age

Upper Bursary, Merton College - Saturday 08 March, 1958