McGill is a vibrant place in which to encounter the history and culture of the “global” Middle Ages. Teaching and research on the medieval millennium is carried out by historians, literary scholars, musicologists, art historians, and philosophers; moreover, McGill’s unique constellation of programs in Islamic Studies, Jewish Studies, East Asian Studies and Religious Studies extend the coverage well beyond the domain of Europe. Bridging these centres of academic activity is “McGill Medievalists” -- an umbrella organization that brings together faculty and students from all over Montreal for regular seminars and special events, including hands-on workshops featuring the McGill University Libraries collections of medieval manuscripts. In addition the new Minor Concentration in Medieval Studies offers students the opportunity to gain a broad interdisciplinary and intercultural grounding in this complex, diverse, and deeply significant epoque.
Scenes from a late fifteenth-century Breviary in McGill’s Rare Books and Special Collections (MS 102)