Carmelite Studies - Medieval Carmel

Medieval Carmelite history and spirituality

We are happy to make available a paper by Dr. Valerie Edden of Birmingham University (UK), entitled The Mantle of Elijah: Carmelite Spirituality in Britain in the Fourteenth Century. To access it please click here.

Fr. Kevin Alban, O.Carm., has published an article on the 'Fabric of Worship' in the medieval English Carmelite Province.

We are glad to have the opportunity to publish on our website the M.Phil. thesis completed at The University of Oxford in 2002 by Johan Bergström-Allen, T.O.C., exploring the writings of the medieval Carmelite Prior of Lincoln Richard Misyn, O.Carm.; click here to access it. Johan is currently developing this Masters research into a doctoral thesis at the Université de Lausanne in Switzerland. Also by Johan is a lecture delivered in Switzerland at Fribourg University in June 2004; click here to download it..

Professor Naoë Kukita Yoshikawa of Shizuoka University in Japan has kindly allowed us to publish her article Marian Virtues and Margery Kempe: The Influence of Carmelite Devotion to the Virgin. Please click here to access it.

Carmelite historian Fr. Richard Copsey, O.Carm., has produced a modern English translation of the medieval masterpiece The Ten Books on the Way of Life and Great Deeds of the Carmelites, compiled c.1385 by Felip Ribot, O.Carm.

Carmelites at the Medieval Congresses

Saint Albert's Press, the publishing house of the British Province of Carmelites, has a book stand most years at the International Medieval Congress (IMC) held at the University of Leeds in early July. The IMC is the largest gathering of medieval scholars to be held in Europe. Most years the British Province, in conjunction with various partners institutions, sponsors at least one Carmelite session at the IMC, and organises the daily celebration of Eucharist.

Papers on Carmelite topics are often given at the International Congress on Medieval Studies hosted by Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, U.S.A., which is the world's largest gathering of medievalists.

Individual Carmelite scholars often take part in conferences and seminars on medieval culture.

For details about the Carmelites at medieval conferences please contact the Carmelite Communications & Outreach Office.