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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

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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

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The Bibliography of British and Irish History provides bibliographic data on historical writing dealing with the British Isles, and with the British Empire and Commonwealth, during all periods for which written documentation is available - from 55BC to the present.

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.


The Dictionary of Old English Web Corpus is an online database consisting of at least one copy of every surviving Old English text.

Early English Laws is a project to publish online and in print new editions and translations of all English legal codes, edicts, and treatises produced up to the time of Magna Carta 1215. 

EEBO (Early English Books Online) is a research collection containing digital facsimile page images of virtually every work printed in England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales and British North America and works in English printed elsewhere from 1473-1700. This time period covers from the first book printed in English by William Caxton, through the age of Spenser and Shakespeare and the tumult of the English Civil War. Subject areas include literature, philosophy, politics, science, religion, linguistics, music and fine arts.


International Medieval Bibliography is the leading bibliography of the European Middle Ages (c.400-1500) providing a comprehensive and current bibliography of articles in journals and miscellany volumes worldwide.

Liaison Librarian Arts & Humanities

Claire O'Brien 

Liaison Librarian: Arts & Celtic Studies
Boole Library
University College Cork.

+353 (21) 490-2984

Special Collections Librarian

Elaine Harrington
Special Collections, UCC Library, University College Cork, Cork, Ireland.

+353 (21) 490-3484

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