News and events

  • MARS 3P97 Hosts Student Conference – All welcome to attend!

    Contact Dr. Teresa Russo for more information.

    ***Students receive CWC credit for attendance.


  • Gigantic Book Sale – All Welcome

  • Free Event featuring Zoey M. Cochran from University of Montreal

    Please register on Eventbrite for this free event.

    All welcome.

  • MARS 2P95 host Conference on Fashion of the Middle Ages

    Email to RSVP for this conference, identifying the date you would like to attend.

  • The MARS Speaker Series presents a free event on February 15 – All Welcome

  • Rare books on campus highlighted at Archive Crawl

    Book lovers and historians alike were drawn to a recent tour that gave access to two rare collections of texts, documents and illustrations housed on Brock’s main campus.

    Held Sept. 29, the Archive Crawl saw members of the Brock community join representatives of the Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies (MARS) and the Brock University Medieval and Renaissance Society (BUMARS) to explore Brock Library’s Archives and Special Collections and the Concordia Lutheran Seminary’s Rare Book Room.

    The group was able to view some of the oldest materials in Archives and Special Collections, including a page from a medieval Bible dated to c. 1200 CE; the famous Clopton Charter from Stratford, England, from 1241 CE; a letter from King James VI of Scotland; and John Gerard’s Herbal history of plants from 1597. MARS professors Andre Basson, Leah Knight and Andrew McDonald were on hand to share their expertise.

    The tour continued at the Concordia Lutheran Seminary’s Rare Book Room, home to rare books dating back to the early 16th century. Texts and woodcut illustrations on display highlighted the importance of print culture to the 16th century Protestant Reformation.

    Featured items included a 1562 edition of Martin Luther’s writings with an early printing of his 95 Theses; notated liturgical music from 1592; a Danish-language Luther Bible from 1589; and Flavius Josephus’s history of the Jewish people from 1574, “complete with bookworm hole,” says Sarah Cavanagh, Librarian and Bookstore Manager.

    “We also have a small but aesthetically-beautiful selection of early 20th-century German books designed in art nouveau and art deco style, among them Oscar Wilde stories and fairy tales by Hans Christian Andersen and Wilhelm Hauff,” she says.

    Other books on exhibit at the Rare Book Room offer a glimpse into the lives and history of their owners, featuring unique inscriptions, notations and painstaking and surprisingly creative book repairs, proving there are more stories hidden in old books beyond what is printed on their pages.

    “I’m excited that the participants had a chance to discover some of the fascinating documents held in these two neighbouring collections,” says Renée-Claude Breitenstein, Associate Professor of French with the Department of Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures, and Director of the Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies.

    “My hope is that the time spent learning together, walking together and exchanging about the past will pique the participants’ curiosity for these fascinating periods, encourage them to learn more and go back to the archives, and maybe even open new research perspectives.”

  • The Universe in Verse: Hester Pulter’s Scientific Poetics

    The Universe in Verse: Hester Pulter’s Scientific Poetics
    October 27, 2022
    1:30-3:00 p.m.
    Cairns 207

    Leah Knight is Professor of early modern non-dramatic literature in the Department of English Language and Literature.  She is co-editor (with Wendy Wall) of The Pulter Project: Poet in the Making.

    Light refreshments served, all welcome.

    Click here for event poster.

  • Brock Talks returns with exploration of medieval Manx kingdom featuring MARS Professor Andrew McDonald

    Brock Talks will sail into its new season with a public lecture on the medieval sea kingdoms of Man and the Isles.

    Andrew McDonald, Professor with the University’s Department of History and the Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, will be speaking on “In Search of the Sea Kings: Recovering the History of the Lost Medieval Kingdoms of Man and the Isles” in the Mills Room at the St. Catharines Public Library, Central branch, Monday, Oct. 3 at 6:30 p.m.

    For two centuries beginning in the late 1070s, the rulers of Man and the Isles were formidable forces in the isles, seaways and lochs of Great Britain. However, their story has almost vanished from modern memory.
    McDonald’s talk will introduce the history of the kingdoms, their importance and some of the challenges in recovering their history.

    McDonald was the 2022 recipient of the Faculty of Humanities Award for Excellence in Research and Creative Activity. His book The Sea Kings: The Late Norse Kingdoms of Man and the Isles was nominated for Scotland’s prestigious Saltire award in 2019. More recently, he has worked with TED Lessons to produce a video about the Vikings.

    This in-person event is free, but preregistration is encouraged.

    Professor McDonald pictured at the launch of his book The Sea Kings: The Late Norse
    Kingdoms of Man and the Isles c. 1066-1275 with Allison Fox, Curator, Archaeology, of
    Max National Heritage in 2019. (Photo courtesy of Manx National Heritage)

  • Congratulations to Elizabeth Sauer on being recognized for contributions to Milton Scholarship

    Elizabeth Sauer is an English Language and Literature professor at Brock, and a member of the MARS advisory committee.  She has been named the 2023 Honored Scholar by the Milton Society of America.  Congratulations!

    Read the article here.