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Medieval and Early Modern Studies Program

Welcome The Medieval and Early Modern Studies Program at Rice offers students the opportunity to study in a variety of often interrelated medieval civilizations: European, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, and Asian, from the 4th to the 16th centuries. Our global and interdisciplinary program draws on a broad range of critical approaches and eleven departments -- Anthropology, Art History, Classics, English, French Studies, History, Jewish Studies, Music, Philosophy, and Religious Studies.  Students have the opportunity to experience medieval materials firsthand by examining the illuminated manuscripts and medieval art at Rice University and in the  libraries and museums of Houston.
Roger Wieck talk flier

The Department of Art History and the Medieval and Early Modern Studies Program welcome Roger Wieck, Head of the Department of Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts, The Morgan Library and Museum.

He will discuss the “Sacred Bleeding Host of Dijon.” In Dijon, the sudden bleeding of a communion host, according to medieval tradition, was the result of its stabbing by a Jew, inciting a cult that lasted more than 350 years. Such hosts were believed to confirm the true presence of Christ in the Eucharist. (

The lecture is open to the public and takes place Wednesday, November 7, 2018 at 4:00 p.m in Room 119 of the Humanities Building.