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The Trinity–Worth Lecture Series in Medieval & Renaissance Medicine and Science

The Medieval History Research Centre and the Edward Worth Library's annual Trinity–Worth Lecture for 2023 is TBC.

Trinity–Worth Lecture Series

This annual Trinity–Worth Lecture series represents the fruits of a collaboration between MHRC and the Worth Library, which houses the book-collection assembled by Edward Worth (1676–1733), a notable Dublin physician. The collection is one of the lesser-known treasures of the city’s cultural inheritance. It is housed in Dr Steevens’ Hospital, an institution of which Worth was a governor and major benefactor. For further information on the Worth Library, visit:

Former TCD-Worth Lecturers


Dr Catherine Rider (Exeter)
Telling Stories about Illness and Magic: Magical Remedies and the Inquisition in Early Modern Malta


Dr Zubin Mistry (Edinburgh)
Reproduction, Religion and the Social History of Early Medieval Medicine


Dr Sarah Baccianti (Queen’s University Belfast)
Mapping Medical Knowledge in Medieval Iceland: Manuscripts and Sagas


Cancelled, due to Covid


Dr James Palmer (St Andrews)
Charlemagne’s Sciences and the Framing of Carolingian Religion, 757-818


Michael Schonhardt (Freiburg)
A Scientific Revolution before Galilei? How the astrolabe transformed 11th-century science (in Bavaria)


Professor Guy Geltner (Amsterdam)
Premodern Public Health: The End of an Oxymoron


Professor Carol Rawcliffe (East Anglia)
Christ the Physician Walks the Wards: Religion and Medicine in the Later Middle Ages

2015 Professor John Henderson (London),
Death in Florence: Plague, Public Health and the Poor in a late Italian renaissance state

Dr Maria de la Cruz de Carlos Varona (Madrid)
Giving Birth at the Habsburg Court in the Sixteenth Century


Professor S.K Cohn (Glasgow)
Naming and Blaming in Early Modern Europe: The Case of Syphilis

Last updated 3 August 2023 (Email).