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The University of Southampton has had a long and distinguished tradition in medieval and early modern studies, including two Fellows elected at the British Academy, Professor Colin Morris (2007) and Professor Chris Woolgar (2020), in recognition for their outstanding contribution to the field of Medieval History and Archival studies. Professor Timothy Reuter held a chair in medieval history at Southampton, from 1994 to 2002. In addition to his illuminating work on early medieval Germany, Timothy Reuter was also using state-of-the-art computer technology for the edition of texts. Through his work of translation, he served as an important liaison between the worlds of Anglo-American and German medieval studies. The CMRC holds an annual lecture given by distinguished speakers, which celebrates Timothy Reuter’s extraordinary achievements and his vigorous work to create a research culture at Southampton.

Tim Reuter

Tim Reuter’s Legacy Remembered

Timothy Reuter’s life, contribution to scholarship, and the posthumous publication of his last work were celebrated on 5 June 2013

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Reuter lecture series


Studying for a PhD in English as a member of CMRC gave me the opportunity to work closely with experts on the Medieval and Renaissance periods across a number of different disciplines, including archaeology, history and music. There is a real sense of community between researchers in CMRC which I think benefits everyone's work. The individual support that I received throughout my PhD, both on academic and personal levels could not have been better.

Our community

Visiting Fellow
Evening reception of the conference held in honour of Prof Anne Curry

We are a vibrant community of researchers composed of four departments of the School of Humanities (Archaeology, English, History and Music) who promote an interdisciplinary perspective on medieval and Renaissance studies. Our bi-annual interdisciplinary study day offers us a great opportunity to sit down together, share our thoughts, research and different angles on a chosen topic.

We also organise or co-organise individual seminars and lectures and will not miss an opportunity to gather for the celebration of individual and collective achievements of our members. You can consult our recent events and archive here.

Our Projects

CMRC has particular strengths in a number of areas, including performance history and practice in music, drama and song; history and cultural history; monasticism and church history; and questions of place, identity and travel. Many of us are also involved in providing the raw material for research through the preparation of scholarly editions - of archival material, plays, and music. Many of our projects draw on digital tools and methods which allow us to present and interrogate medieval and early modern sources in new ways. Below, you will find details about our recent projects.

City Witness: Place and Perspective in Medieval Swansea
Through digital mapping, textual analysis and 3D visualisation, this project aims to forge connections between modern Swansea and its medieval antecedent.
Discover Medieval Chester: Place, heritage and identity
In partnership with the Grosvenor Museum and other agencies in Chester and the North West, this project shares new research on the medieval city in creative and innovative ways.
Madeleine de Scudéry and French Romance in England, 1650-1760
This project aims to provide a new and updated exploration of the influence of French romance helped on literature and society in early modern England.
Manuscript Culture, 1450-1700 Research Network
The primary aim of the network is to address this problem: to provide opportunities for genuine interdisciplinary discussion which will enable scholars to share both theoretical perspectives and practical approaches to working with Medieval and Renaissance manuscripts.

Old Sarum, Salisbury
Old Sarum, Salisbury

Old Sarum and Stratford-Sub-Castle
The site of Old Sarum is located in Wiltshire some 3km to the north of Salisbury in the Avon Valley. The monument, includes a multivallate Iron Age hillfort with evidence of Romano-British occupation and documentary evidence of a Saxon burh and mint.
Records of Early English Drama, Middlesex/Westminster: Eight Theatres North of the Thames
The project's aim was to generate both a primary resource, the edition, and an accessible basis for reflection on how such data was selected and transmitted in subsequent traditions, that is, a web-based bibliography.
The Hakluyt Editorial Project
This project will produce a scholarly, fully annotated edition of Richard Hakluyt's landmark collection of travel writing _The Principal Navigations, Voyages, Traffiques and Discoveries of the English Nation_ (1598‒1600).
The Merchant Fleet of Late Medieval and Tudor England, 1400-1580
A public database tracing thousands of ship voyages is challenging familiar narratives of a sixteenth-century “Age of Discovery” and helping national museums and local communities alike recover England’s lost maritime heritage.
The Soldier in later Medieval England: An exciting AHRC research project
The Soldier in Medieval England originated from a major project funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC). Its purpose was to challenge assumptions about the emergence of professional soldiery between 1369 and 1453.

Our Publications

Our staff publish widely and regularly works of outstanding quality. Music and History ranked respectively second and third in the last Research Excellence Framework held in 2014. You can also consult the page of individual staff members (Who we are) to have a more detailed insight into their research and publishing activity. Below, you will find examples of recent monograph published by our staff.

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