Centre for Medieval & Renaissance Studies

Denys Hay Lectures

The Denys Hay seminar is held to commemorate the work of Denys Hay (1915-1994), Professor of Medieval History at the University of Edinburgh from 1954-1980.

He specialized in medieval and Renaissance history, particularly in demonstrating the influence of Italy on events in the rest of the continent. His scholarly legacy remains closely related to the activities of the Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies.

The Denys Hay seminar is held annually. It is a public lecture given by an eminent academic working in medieval or Renaissance fields, and financed by the Denys Hay endowment fund established to enhance postgraduate work in this field.

Denys Hay Lecture 2019

The 2019 Denys Hay Lecture will be delivered by Professor John Haldon (Princeton) on 19 June, 2019.

Denys Hay Lecture 2018

Join us for the 2018 Denys Hay lecture on 29th May. Professor Gábor Klaniczay will speak on "Bodily Signs of Devine Presence - Medieval Christianity in Comparative Context"

Denys Hay Lecture 2017

Join us for the 2017 Denys Hay lecture on 6th June as Professor Simon Ditchfield speaks on "Here time becomes Space": Roma sancta in the making of Roman Catholicism as a world religion

Denys Hay Lecture 2016

Prof. Catherine Clarke (University of Southampton) will speak on - Place machines: memory, imagination and the medieval city.

Denys Hay Lecture 2015

Join us for the 2015 Denys Hay lecture on 13 May as Professor Jerry Brotton explores the cartographic dimension of globalisation.

Past Denys Hay Lectures

The 2014 lecture was "The Pure Heart: Rene of Anjou and Fifteenth-century Europe", and was given by Professor David Abulafia, University of Cambridge.