Centre for Medieval & Renaissance Studies

Denys Hay Lecture

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.

The next Denys Hay Lecture will be held in 2025.

Past Denys Hay Lectures


Professor John Haldon (Princeton University), 'St Theodore, Euchaïta and Anatolia, c.500–1000 CE: Landscape, climate and the survival of an empire'.


Professor Gábor Klaniczay (Central European University), 'Bodily Signs of Devine Presence - Medieval Christianity in Comparative Context'.


Professor Simon Ditchfield (University of York), '"Here time becomes Space": Roma sancta in the making of Roman Catholicism as a world religion'.


Professor Catherine Clarke (University of Southampton), 'Place machines: memory, imagination and the medieval city'


Professor Jerry Brotton (Queen Mary, University of London), 'Globalisation: the emergence of a cartographic idea'.


Professor David Abulafia (University of Cambridge), 'The Pure Heart: Rene of Anjou and Fifteenth-century Europe'


Professor Henry Maguire (Johns Hopkins University), 'Why was there no Renaissance in Byzantine art?’.


Professor Judith Bennett (University of Southern California), 'Death and the Maiden'.


Professor Susan Frye (University of Wyoming), 'The Lady and the Unicorn: a "new" textile portrait of Mary Queen of Scots'.