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Centre for Medieval and Early Modern Studies

Annual public lectures

Maxine Peake in the Samuel Alexander Building
Maxine Peake joined us in conversation in March 2017. As of January 2018, she is Honorary Professor of Literature and Drama at The University of Manchester.

Stachniewski Memorial Lecture

Our most recent Stachniewski Memorial Lecture was a sold out event on Tuesday, 14 March 2017, in which Maxine Peake joined us in conversation about Shakespeare, Lilburne, and politics:

The G. L. Brook Memorial Lecture in Middle English

The Brook Lecture, part of the English and American Studies seminar series, honours the memory of G.L. Brook, Professor of English Language and Medieval English Literature at Manchester University, 1945–77.

Annual Toller Lecture (MANCASS)

Each year, a distinguished scholar of the Anglo-Saxon period is invited to give the Toller Lecture in the historic surroundings of the John Rylands Library on Deansgate. The lecture is named after Thomas Northcote Toller, one of the editors of An Anglo-Saxon Dictionary.

Cambridge, Corpus Christi College, MS. 367, f. 101v The Vision of Leofric (detail).
Cambridge, Corpus Christi College, MS. 367, f. 101v 'The Vision of Leofric' (detail).

The 2019 Toller Lecture will be delivered by Professor Susan Irvine (UCL) on Saturday 16th November (to coincide with the TOEBI conference). Title TBC.

The 2018 Toller Lecture was delivered by Prof Elizabeth Tyler (University of York) on 'Lay Vernacualr Literacy in the Court of Edward the Confessor: Anglo-Saxon Chronicle C and the Vision of Leofric'.