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Medieval Studies: Getting Started

medieval history, medieval literature, Europe, philosophy, art, religion, manuscripts,

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St Fin Barre's Cathedral Library: Oldest Book

Thomas Aquinas' Opuscula. Example of pre-1500 book in St Fin Barre's Cathedral Library

Aquinas, Thomas. Incipiu[n]t preclarissima opuscula diui Thome aquinatis sacri ordinis p[re]dicato[rum] in quibus o[mn]is ph[ilosophi]e [&] diuina[rum] scriptura[rum] theoremata est co[m]plexus. [Venice: Hermann Lichtenstein, 1497].

This is not the oldest book in the library! There are two books both published in 1476 which have this honour:
Bruni, Leonardo. [Historia del popolo fiorentino]. [Vinegia (Venice) : Iacomo de Rossi]
Bracciolini, Poggio. [Historia fiorentina]. [Vinegia (Venice) : Jacopo de Rossi]

Medieval Studies at UCC

Medieval Studies in UCC may be studied with a number of departments and schools.


Medieval Studies in Ireland

Banner for Forum for Medieval & Renaissance Studies in Ireland

FMRSI (Forum for Medieval & Renaissance Studies in Ireland) a virtual community of scholars who are located throughout Ireland.  'Medieval and Renaissance' covers 4th – early 17th centuries CE/AD in all parts of the world.

Details on the website include:

  • Online journal Óenach: JFMRSI  
  • Review section (Óenach: FMRSI Reviews). 
  • List of members and links to FMRSI profile pages
  • List of locations of members and the funded research projects
  • List of events and activities (lectures, talks, conferences, colloquia, workshops, exhibitions, concerts, performances of all sorts, launches, new publications, assorted notices and announcements) in Ireland and abroad

Introduction Medieval Studies at UCC Library

This guide brings together key resources for the study of Medieval Studies at University College Cork. Use the tabs above to find:

  • Books & eBooks: Medieval Studies' collections at UCC Library; how to find books
  • Journals, Newspapers & Theses
  • Databases: articles & more for your assignments & research
  • Special Collections
  • Free Web Sources: recommended sources freely available on the web
  • Referencing: organising your sources

Key Resources for Medieval Studies




CELT is an online database bringing the wealth of Irish literary and historical culture to the Internet. It is an Open Access database produced and hosted by UCC.